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This weekend in Racine County, there are cardboard boats, fresh tomatoes, food trucks, local history and a Friday evening party. Real Racine has you covered!

Ahoy matey! Cardboard, duct tape and a whole lot of creativity is on tap at the 6th Annual Cardboard Boat Race and Regatta this Saturday at Harbor Lite Yacht Club, 559 State St., Racine. Contestants are invited to construct cardboard boats and then float them on the Root River for prizes. Individuals and teams are welcome. Boat building starts at 9 a.m. Races begin at 2 p.m. followed by the regatta. Grab a spot on the State Street bridge for the best view. There are food and drink specials all day and live music by Superfly in the afternoon. Rules and entry details at

Food truck fun. The first-ever Franksville Food Truck Fest is Friday and Saturday at Caledonia-Mount Pleasant Memorial Park, 9614 Northwestern Ave., Caledonia. Foodies are invited to check out a dozen of the area’s favorite food trucks serving up BBQ, tacos, fried dough, brats, frozen custard and more. A classic car show, music and a Badgers tailgate party are set for Saturday. Fest hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Free admission and parking. VIP packages and advance sale t-shirts are available at: Proceeds will benefit the park.

You say tomato. If you love tomatoes, don’t miss the 17th Annual Tomatomania from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Milaeger’s, 4838 Douglas Ave., Caledonia. You’ll be able to blind taste more than 115 tomato varieties, including many heirloom types, and sample more than 40 types of peppers. Wine and beer tasting plus delicious tomato foods and beverages. Food and drink tickets are $1 each. Free admission and parking.

TGIFF! That’s right – Thank Goodness It’s First Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. in Downtown Racine. Head to Monument Square for live music with the High Stakes Band and horse-drawn carriage rides. Other music options include Mark Paffrath at Crosswalk Park on Main Street, BRB (Blues Rock Band) at Indian Motorcycle, 522 Sixth St., and the Racine Prayer Room at Paul Harris Park at the end of Sixth Street. There is free admission all day at the Racine Art Museum, 441 Main St. At the Racine Arts Council’s ArtSpace Gallery, 409 Sixth St., is the opening reception for “Displaced: A Photovoice Project.” More at:

History here. Step into local history this Saturday and Sunday at the Caledonia Heritage Festival, 7300 Five Mile Road. Everyone is welcome to visit the historical park’s collection of restored buildings including a log home, school and train station. There are also Civil War re-enactments, blacksmith demonstrations, live music and children’s activities. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission is $5.

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