Family fun at the zoo, a scenic horseback ride, sailing, poetry and summer foods are all on tap in Racine County this weekend. Real Racine has you covered.

Zoo + terrific Saturday. Racine County has a terrific zoo and zookeepers. To celebrate, the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., invites everyone to Zoo-riffic Saturday Zookeeper Day this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be crafts and snack-tivities stations throughout the zoo all day. It’s free with regular zoo admission — $8 adults, $7 seniors and $6 youth ages 3 to 15. Free for zoo members. Racine County residents (with ID) save $1. The zoo, now 93 years old, is home to more than 100 different species of animals from all over the world. What many people don’t realize is that the Racine Zoo is one of only 225 zoos to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Racine Zoo has an extremely active calendar with more than 20 events scheduled through September. Learn more at

Sailing, sailing. The 33rd running of The Hook Race is this Saturday from the Racine Yacht Club, 1 Barker St. Dozens of sailors will be competing in four divisions to set the best time on a 189.04-nautical mile course from Racine to Menominee, Mich., through the infamous Death’s Door passage between Door County and Washington Island. The race typically takes more than 24 hours but records can be broken. Watch the boats leave from the Yacht Club starting at 8:30 a.m. Visit

Trail riding. Horseback riding enthusiasts are invited to the annual Mane Event hosted by the Caledonia Conservancy Land Trust. This year’s trail ride through the Conservancy trails and private trails starts at 9 a.m. Saturday from Neubauer Farm, 5551 Short Road, Caledonia. Riders can participate in a mounted photo scavenger hunt and a timed obstacle course with prizes for the five best times and points. Entry fee for the scavenger hunt is $35 before Friday and $40 on event day. Non-riders are welcome to watch – lunch will be available for purchase. To register, call 262-498-1230 or visit

Poetry with a view. The July edition of Bonk! performance series is planned for a new location — the outside patio at the Racine Art Museum, 441 Main St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. This month features readings by writer Jennifer Morales and poet Scott Woods. Music by Oh My Love, an electronic pop duo from Madison. Free admission.

Tastes great. Summer means sweet corn, berries, melons, veggies. All this and much is planned for Taste of Summer from 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Borzynski’s Farm and Floral Market, 11600 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant. The event includes food and wine sampling, grilling demonstrations and music by Downtown Harrison from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free with two non-perishable food items for the Racine County Food Bank.

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