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Get ready for soaring squash this weekend! You’ll also find a new play about a legend, free family fun, rib-stickin’ food and much more in Racine County. Real Racine has your fall weekend covered.

Flying pumpkins and more. The pumpkins will be soaring — and dropping — at this year’s Great Pumpkin Chuckin Fest at the Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave., Union Grove. This two-day event has something for the entire family. Hayrides, kids games, kids costume contest, carnival rides, helicopter rides, pumpkin baking contest, the Kansas City Barbecue Society Best of the Midwest Cook-off, beer tent and two stages of entertainment. The big favorite is the pumpkin chuckin in which teams compete to compete to launch pumpkins the greatest distance. New this year is the giant pumpkin drop from a crane at 11 a.m. Sunday. Fest hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission and parking – enter through Gate 7. For the full schedule, visit

Story of a legend. Legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi is brought to life in the Racine Theatre Guild’s production of “Lombardi.” The coach’s drive for perfection (that delivered five NFL championships and two Super Bowls) is explored thorough a week of the Packers’ 1965 season. Whether you bleed green and gold or just enjoy great drama, you won’t want to miss this show. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday on the RTG stage, 2519 Northwestern Ave. Tickets are $18 adults; $16 seniors (age 62+) and $13 students (age 21 and younger). “Lombardi” continues weekends through Nov. 4. For tickets, call 262-633-4218 or visit

Family fun. Ghosts and goblins are invited to the Racine Art Museum’s Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, 2519 Northwestern Ave., for the Free Fall Family Fun Fest. There will be art activities inside and out, spooky story, a scavenger hunt, costume parade and contest. Fest hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. It’s free! Visit

Take a hike. Saturday is your opportunity for a Eco-Halloween Hike, including jack-o-lanterns, nature skits, games, crafts and a bonfire. It’s all at the Richard Bong State Recreation Area, 26313 Burlington Road, Kansasville. Meet at Shelter #1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday to sign up for a hike. The fee is $2 per person (age 4 and older) plus $8 per vehicle if you don’t have the 2018 state park entrance sticker.

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