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Thrills at the beach, fair time fun, a shopping extravaganza and great fireworks. It’s all happening in Racine County this July weekend. Come along with Real Racine. Jumps and flips. Prepare to be amazed by skateboarders and BMX riders from throughout the Midwest as Real Racine presents the Bikes, Boards ‘n Beach Series. The boarders and riders will throw their best tricks on AGA Nation’s huge, state-of-the-art mobile ramps in the North Beach parking lot, 100 Kewaunee St. The two-day event starts with free open riding from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday. Saturday opens with registration at 1 p.m. Competition in BMX bike and skateboard categories starts at 2 p.m. The day’s awards presentation is planned for 7:15 p.m. It’s free for spectators. For a preview, visit www.aganation.com Fun at the fair. The food, the rides, the music, the animals. You’ll find it all at the 2016 Racine County Fair through Sunday at the fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave., Union Grove. The fair’s grandstand entertainment lineup includes tractor pulls, a demolition derby, area band Chasin’ Mason and ‘70s rocker Ted Nugent. Fair visitors will also enjoy circus acts, racing pigs and fun competitions from hay tossing to cream puff eating. Fair hours are 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for children ages 8 through 13. Children ages 7 and younger get in free. For the full fair lineup, visit www.racinecountyfair.com Grab a bomber and party. Great food, non-stop music and some of the summer’s best fireworks are in store at the 38th Annual Italian Festival on Friday through Sunday at Festival Park, 5 Fifth St., Racine. There are three stages of entertainment and a huge variety of food – pizza, Italian sausage, meatball bombers, ravioli, panne fritto (fried dough) and more. Fireworks on the lakefront at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The festival opens at 11:30 a.m. Friday and at 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday. Details at www.romalodge.com Shop ‘til you drop. Head to Burlington for two full days of citywide shopping on Friday and Saturday. Maxwell Street Days and Sidewalk Sales features bargains at local retailers throughout the city. There will also be crafters and vendors set up at Wehmhoff Square and the Chestnut Street Loop in Downtown Burlington. If that’s not enough, community wide yard sales are taking place. Shopping hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Presented by the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce. Visit www.burlingtonchamber.org Love those cars. Like muscle cars? You’ve come to the right place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The All-American Modern Muscle Car Show is open to cars from 2005 and newer at George Porgies, 5502 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant. Registration opens at 4 p.m. It’s just $10 to show a car. Free for spectators. Proceeds will benefit Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Details at 262-633-1806 or www.allamericanmodernmusclecarshow.weebly.com Keep up with what’s happening – download our new Real Racine mobile app on your Apple or Android device. Just type in realracine. For daily updates, “like” us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/realracine) or follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/realracine).

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