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You’re looking at one of the summer’s busiest outdoor weekends in Racine County. Beach volleyball, running, vintage farm equipment and celebrations are all on tap. Come along with Real Racine.

Four days of music. Kraut Music Fest 2016 brings four days of entertainment — Thursday through Sunday — to Caledonia-Mount Pleasant Memorial Park, 9416 Northwestern Ave. (Hwy. K), Franksville. This year’s format features a main stage with 18 bands during the event, a family stage with an illusionist and a hypnotist, a teen tent with a DJ plus a carnival midway. The Kraut Queen and Kraut Princess coronation is at 6 p.m. Thursday. The popular kraut eating contest (sauerkraut donated by Fremont Canning Co.) is at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Other activities include fireworks and a car show. Kraut Music Fest hours are 5 to 10 p.m., Thursday; 12 to 11 p.m., Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday. General admission is $10 for adults; kids ages 10 and younger, free. Parking is $5. Dads accompanied by kids get in free Sunday (Fathers Day). For the full Kraut Fest lineup, visit

See the power. The 27th Annual Red Power Round Up, a worldwide gathering of International Harvester farm equipment collectors, is Thursday through Saturday at the Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave., Union Grove. You’ll see more than 400 pieces of Farmall, McCormick Deering and International Harvester equipment along with more than 100 vendors selling parts, machinery and memorabilia. You’re invited to watch collectors restore a 1935 Farmall F-12 tractor during the show’s three days. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth ages 6 to 15. Children ages 5 and younger get in free. Three-day passes are $25 adults; $12 youth. Visit

Spike it!  North Beach, 100 Kewaunee St, Racine has this weekend’s best volleyball action. The EVP Tour brings juniors (ages 10-18) play to the beach starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday. A 4-player EVP Challenge starts at 3 p.m. Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, two-person men’s and women’s teams compete in pro and amateur divisions. The amateur finals start at 4 p.m. On Sunday, co-ed and junior teams start at 9:30 a.m. The women’s pro finals are at 10 a.m. followed by the men’s pro finals at 11 a.m. Bring your chair and umbrella – spectator admission is free to all volleyball events. Visit

A running tradition. Saturday is the 38th Annual Lighthouse Run presented by the Racine Family YMCA and the Journal Times. Events include the Image Management 10-mile and Financial Service Group 4-mile competitive runs; Modine Manufacturing 2- and 4-mile fun run-walks, the Kids Dash and the Landmark Credit Union Mascot Challenge. The first of the races starts at 7:45 a.m. from the YMCA Lakefront Branch, 725 Lake Ave. The finish line is on Main Street between Fifth and Sixth streets. Proceeds from the event benefit the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. For registration and details, visit

Roll out the barrel. You’re invited to experience everything German at Downtown Racine’s German Fest from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Harbor Lite Yacht Club, 559 State St. This celebration includes polka music, dancing, German food, wines and, of course, German beer. A German car show will be set up along Ontario Street and the beer tent, raffles and contest will be in the club’s outdoor pavilion. Admission is $5 per person. A special German wine tasting with expert Tony Bogionia of Uncorkt is an additional $5. German Fest benefits the Downtown Racine Corp.

Celebrating Juneteenth. Racine’s annual Juneteenth Celebration is 12 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Dr. John Bryant Community Center, 601 21st St. This is the commemoration of the 1862 signing of the Emancipation Proclamation that ended slavery in the U.S. The event features food, clothing and art vendors, music, children’s activities and a petting zoo. Free admission. Presented by the Racine Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.

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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:...