October brings crisp evenings, fresh red apples, huge orange pumpkins and lots of family fun. Come to Racine County for seasonal festivals, great food and a Halloween preview. See you soon!
See it made
Don't miss the amazing chainsaw carvers at the River Bend Nature Center's 4th Annual Chainsaw Carving Art Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2. These artists from all over the Midwest will turn pine and spruce logs into incredible sculptures right before your eyes. Watch the artists at work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the nature center, 3600 N. Green Bay Road, Caledonia. Also, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, is a free admission art fair featuring nature-focused original works of art and art demonstrations. The chainsaw sculptures will be auctioned starting at 3 p.m. Sunday with the proceeds split between the artists and River Bend. Visit www.RiverBendRacine.org
An art-filled evening
The annual River's Edge Art Festival turns Downtown Waterford into a fine arts show from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. Local businesses and community organizations are hosting nearly 30 artists displaying and selling their creations. Just look for the flags and pick up a map identifying the art stops and where you can find food and entertainment along the way. A free trolley shuttle runs all evening and includes a narrated history of the downtown area. The River's Edge Art Festival is presented by Absolutely Waterford. Visit www.absolutelywaterford.org
Living history and more
Take a walk through history at the Half Point Historical Re-enactment on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9 at the Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave., Union Grove. Volunteers and history buffs will feature living history demonstrations both days. You and your family can meet costumed wood carvers, settlers and soldiers from the Civil War through World War II. Admission is free. Donations are accepted.
Scared of ghosts?
Experience the City of Racine's rich folklore and history at a Walking Ghost Tour of Downtown Racine, Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29. This guided, three-hours tour takes to the places of real legends and into some buildings that are said to be haunted. Admission per person (ages 10 and older) is $25 in advance and $30 on tour day. Meet at Divino Gelato, 245 Main St. at 6 p.m. The tours are fundraiser for the Volunteer Council of Racine. Advance tickets at 262-886-9612 or www.racineghosttour.com
Watch for flying squash
Union Grove's Great Pumpkin Chuckin Fest is back and bigger than ever, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23 at the Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave. Grab a front row seat for the annual competition to see which device can hurl a pumpkin the greatest distance. There is also the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) Best of the Midwest BBQ Cook-Off, a chili cookoff, pumpkin baking contest, costume contest, kids games and much more. Free admission and parking. Details at www.uniongrovechamber.org/pumpkin-chuckin-fest
Classic tales with music
"OOHPIE vs. the Big Bad Wolf" on Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29 is presentation of classic fairy tales and classical music — with a funny twist. It's a children's theater presentation that adults will enjoy, too! Performances are at the Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth St., Racine. Tickets and showtime info. at: 262-632-6802 or www.overourheadplayers.org
With the animals
The Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., presents Boo at the Zoo, pre-Halloween party from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. Kids and adults will enjoy trick or treat through the zoo, meeting creepy, crawly animal ambassadors, making spooky crafts and more. Regular zoo admission applies. Details at www.racinezoo.org