This Racine County weekend brings “footy” action, a trip through history, nighttime fun, time with fish and a funny new play. Come along with Real Racine for ideas for you and your family.

Australia meets Wisconsin. Australian football, nicknamed “footy”, comes to the Soccer Complex of Racine (SCORe), 9505 Dunkelow Road, Caledonia, on Saturday and Sunday. The United States Australian Football League (USAFL) National Championships includes more than 60 matches involving four men’s divisions, two women’s divisions, a juniors clinic and development programs. Footy has 18 players per team, no timeouts and points are scored by kicking, hitting or running the ball through the goal. Matches run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Free admission – bring along a chair. Did we mention it’s exciting? To learn more, visit

Experience history. The 13th Annual Half Point Historical Re-enactment brings a taste of history to the Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave., Union Grove. Authentically dressed actors will demonstrate life from the 17th century through the World War II era. Visitors can watch presentations on weaving, spinning, paddle carving and blacksmithing. New this year is a glimpse of a Hooverville, a village occupied by families during the Great Depression. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Enter through Gate 6. Free admission and parking thanks to the Union Grove Lions Club. Donations are welcome.

Run in the dark. Take a fun evening run through the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St. The Glow 5k Run/Walk is presented by the Zoo and the American Cancer Society. Check in is at 5 p.m. and the run/walk starts at 6 p.m. Advance registration is $40 for adults and $30 for children (Zoo members save $10). Registration at the gate is $40 for all. Participants receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, competition medal and a Zoo general admission ticker good for a future visit. Regular Zoo admission applies for Glow Run spectators: $8 adults, $7 seniors (age 62+) and $6 children (age 15 and younger). Register at

See the stars. The year’s last open house at the Modine Benstead Observatory is Saturday. Visitors are invited to Fall Astronomy Day from 7 to 10 p.m. at the observatory, 112 63rd Drive, Yorkville. The public is invited to come out and view stars and planets through the telescopes (weather permitting). Please call ahead to check on conditions – 262-878-2774. Free – donations are welcomed. Visit

Lots of fish. The 10th Annual Open House at the Root River Steelhead Facility is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lincoln Park, 2200 Domanik Drive, Racine. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources invites you to see the salmon up close through the viewing windows. There are also tours of the facility and fishing skills demonstrations, including fly casting, knot tying and fly tying. It’s all free. Visit

Catch a new show. A very funny play, “Noises Off”, opens Thursday at the Haylofters’ Malt House Theatre, 109 N. Main St., Burlington. This show is about a troupe of itinerant actors busily rehearsing a flop of a play amid doors slamming, intrigue, egos an errant herring. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Opening night tickets are $13. All other shows are $15. “Noises Off” continues Oct. 18 through 21. Call 262-763-9873 or visit

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