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A big lake filled with big fish means just one thing — a big fishing tournament. Salmon-A-Rama, one of Lake Michigan’s largest fishing tournaments, opens its nine-day run on Saturday morning. This mid-July weekend also brings German hospitality, marching bands, festivals and family fun. Come along with Real Racine!

Go fishin’. The boats and fishing poles hit the water early Saturday! Salmon-A-Rama, presented by Salmon Unlimited of Wisconsin, offers thousands of dollars in cash and merchandise prizes for fish caught in Lake Michigan through 11 a.m. next Sunday, July 22. The grand prize (largest fish overall) is a combination of cash and a 9.9-horseower Yamaha outboard motor ($25,000 total) or the choice of a 2018 GMC Canyon, Buick Encore or Chevrolet Camaro. There are also prizes in boat, kayak and on-shore divisions. Be sure to stop by the SAR headquarters at Pershing Park, 100 Pershing Drive, Racine, to check the leader boards, visit vendors, play raffles and take in free entertainment. This weekend features live music from The Now on Friday evening. On Saturday, there’s a cornhole (baggo) tournament, inflatables ($3 per child), family activities, a fish boil and more live music. For more SAR details, visit

A marching show. Racine’s Lighthouse Brigade welcomes marching bands from across the Midwest in this year’s Mid-American Competing Band Directors Association (MACBDA) semi-finals. Performers will include the Lighthouse Brigade junior and senior bands, Green Berets and the Sound of Sun Prairie. The performances starts at 7 p.m. Friday at Case High School’s Hammes Field, 7345 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant. Admission at the gate is $10 for adults, $9 for students and seniors. Children age 5 and younger admitted free. You’ll save $1 per ticket in advance from Schmitt Music, 1409 Washington Ave., and Educators Credit Union locations. Visit

It’s bier time. The first-ever Hofbrau Pop-up Biergarten will be in full swing Thursday through Saturday at Smolenski Park, 438 Stuart Road, Mount Pleasant. They’ll be serving Hofbrauhaus Lager, craft beers, ciders. soft drinks and water along with brats and pretzels. Live entertainment includes Alpine Blast on Friday afternoon and the Squeezettes on Saturday afternoon. The biergarten benefits Visioning a Greater Racine and its local non-profit partners. Free admission and parking. Hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Thursday, 12 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Festival favorites. One of the Racine area’s favorite church festivals — St. Lucy Festival — is Friday through Sunday at 3101 Drexel Ave., Racine. There’s live music all weekend, great food (including a fish fry, pulled pork and lasagna), kids games, bingo, silent auction and meat raffles. A free shuttle from Elmwood Plaza runs from 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Festival hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Visit

Foosball with people. It’s different and it’s coming to West Racine on Saturday! Human Foosball is just what you think it is – a six-player team holds on to large poles and have to move together to strike the ball and score. The tournament runs from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday near Grove and Washington avenues. Each game lasts 25 minutes with a 5-minute half-time break. There’s a possibility of playoffs on Sunday. The entry fee is $30 per team. Forms may be returned to The Avenue Pet Shoppe, 3222 Washington Ave. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit or call 262-221-5139. The event is presented by the West Racine Alliance

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Paul Holley is retired from careers in journalism, public relations and marketing but not from life. These days, he pretty much writes about what he feels like writing. You may contact him directly at:...