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Real Racine North BeachCatch The Big One? It could happen to you if you enter Salmon-A-Rama, one of Lake Michigan’s largest fishing tournaments. This weekend also has live theater, live music and beautiful gardens. Plenty of great ideas from Real Racine.

Big fish, big fun. Organizers of Salmon-A-Rama 2014 have big plans from a new location. The annual fishing tournament, which opens at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, will be based in the ReefPoint Marina parking lot, 2 Christopher Columbus Causeway, for the first time. That will be the site of live music, a fish boil, a chicken dinner and, of course, the tournament weigh-in and leader boards. A free trolley will link the Salmon-A-Rama site and Downtown Racine’s Main Street area. The tournament offers a $15,000 grand prize and cash prizes in nine divisions though July 20. For tournament details and the entertainment schedule, visit

Haylofters summer debut. Burlington’s Haylofters theater troupe will tell you what happened after fairytale character Jack climbed back down the beanstalk and after Rapunzel left her tower in “Into the Woods.” This whimsical musical about fairytale characters seeking their own happy endings opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Malt House Theatre, 109 N. Main St., Burlington. Performances are Thursdays through Sundays through July 27. For tickets and show times, call 262-763-9873 or visit

Get it started. B-Town Sounds starts your weekend on Thursday evening. The free concert at Echo Park, 595 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington, begins at 6:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and relax to Groove Therapy. Visit

A full weekend. St. Lucy’s 2014 Festival, which opens Friday, promises a very full weekend of food and entertainment at 3101 Drexel Ave. Racine. There’s a fish fry on Friday evening, a roasted pulled pork dinner on Saturday afternoon and home-made lasagna on Sunday. A free shuttle from Elmwood Plaza is available from 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

Garden wonders. The Racine Garden Club’s Summer Magic Garden Magic Tour features six beautiful private gardens. You’ll see perennials, annuals, outdoor living areas, garden art and even tropical plants. The self-guided tour is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 the day of the tour. Tickets and maps are available at 11 area locations, including the Real Racine Visitor Center, 14015 Washington Ave. (Highway 20). Visit

Pancakes and fun. Kansasville Fire and Rescue is serving pancakes and family fun from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday. Stop by 23730 Durand Ave. (Highway 11) for a pancake and sausage breakfast. You’ll also have an opportunity to see the Flight for Life helicopter and fire safety demonstrations. The kids will have fun with a bounce house. Tickets at the door are $6 for adults and $3 for kids ages 4 through 12.

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