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The days are warm, the evenings are cool and the pace is easier. September is a great, relaxing time to experience Racine County. You’ll find lots to see and do.

Start with Super Saturday on Sept. 6 in Downtown Union Grove. This is a day-long celebration of kids, family and quality of life. There is live entertainment, including the annual Union Grove’s Got Talent show, and a family Superhero 5k run/walk that encourages everyone to dress like their favorite hero. You’ll want to visit the craft fair, information booths and food vendors. The Kiwanis street dance at 6 p.m. caps off the day.

The Root River Festival, Sunday, Sept. 7, celebrates community, learning and Racine’s fascinating namesake river. From noon to 6 p.m. at Island Park, 1704 Liberty St., there is live music, arts and crafts, kids activities, food, a non-profit organization showcase, a horse show and pony rides.

The Great Lake Brew Fest, Saturday Sept. 13 offers sampling of more than 250 craft beers and ciders from around the country. There is also great food, music from Zydeco Voodoo and performances by the world-famous Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps. It all happens from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St. Ticket information at

Go back in time at Fall Harvest Days, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 12-14 at the Racine County Fairgrounds, Union Grove. This annual show has antique tractors, trucks, farm equipment, gasoline engines and cars. You see demonstrations of corn shelling, hay baling and a steam-powered sawmill. There are also daily tractor parades, children’s activities, crafts, flea market, food and an Amish quilt raffle. For 2014, the show salutes Allis-Chalmers equipment and collectors. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Biggest Loser RunWalk, Sunday, Sept. 21, is an inspirational 5k and half-marathon at North Beach, 100 Kewaunee St., Racine. Join former constants Dan and Jackie Evans (season 5) and Bobby Saleem (season 15) for a run along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. A special concert by Dan Evans and band follows the run. The half-marathon starts at 7:30 a.m.; the 5k at 8 a.m. There is also a Wellness Expo, The Biggest Loser Meet ‘n Greet and a one-mile Kids Fun Run on Saturday, Sept. 20. Register at

One of the area’s biggest festivals, Party on the Pavement, is Saturday, Sept. 27 in Downtown Racine. From 12 to 7 p.m. Main and Sixth streets are filled with live entertainment, food, an art fair, sports zone, amusement rides, antique cars and activities. Details at

Finish the month with the Preservation Racine Tour of Historic Places, Sunday, Sept. 28. This self-guided tour, from noon to 5:30 p.m. features seven locations of architectural and historical significance. For ticket information, visit

Visit the Real Racine website for a full calendar of events. We have daily updates on Facebook and Twitter.

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:...