May 2018
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Chocolate chip cookies are part of the fun at Burlington ChocolateFest being held this weekend (May 25-28) at the ChocolateFest Grounds, 681 Maryland Ave.

Upcoming events
Through May 28:  Burlington ChocolateFest.
ChocolateFest Grounds, 681 Maryland Ave., Burlington.
$8 adults; $5 children age 5-12. Parking on grounds: $5.

Through June 2:  "Oregon Trail: The Play!" Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth St., Racine. Tickets and show times: 262-632-6802 or
Through June 2: "Sister Act." Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave. Tickets and show times: 262-633-4218 or

May 24: Heritage Walking Tour ribbon cutting.
Waterford Public Library, 101 N. River St. 5 p.m. Free.

May 26: Sturtevant Memorial Day Parade. Starts at Schulte Elementary School, 8515 Westminster Dr. 10 a.m.  
May 26: Voices for Valor. Concert and USO-style show. EAA Chapter 838 Hangar, 3333 N.Green Bay Road, Caledonia. Doors open 5:30 p.m. $20. Tickets: 800-449-9450 

May 26-27: Jaycees Arts & Crafts Show. Echo Park,
595 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

May 27: Memorial Day Program. Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 21731 Spring St., Union Grove. 11 a.m. 
May 27: Caledonia Historical Village Open House. 7300 Five Mile Road, Caledonia. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Donations welcomed.

May 27: Nashville Songwriters Showcase. Route 20, 14001 Washington Ave. (Hwy. 20), Yorkville. Featuring the Mears Brothers. Benefits Veterans Outreach. 2 to 6 p.m. $8. 

May 27: Chocoholic 5k.
Riverside Park, 517 Congress St., Burlington. 9:30 a.m. Registration:

May 28:  Memorial Day Parade - Racine.  Starts at West Boulevard and Washington Avenue and proceeds to Graceland Cemetery. 10 a.m. Organized by Racine Area Veterans Council.   
May 28: Veterans Memorial Day Parade. Starts at Kane and Edward streets; finishes at Echo Park, Burlington. 9 a.m. 
May 28: Memorial Day Observance. West Lawn Memorial Park, 9000 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant.10 a.m.
Find many more events on the Real Racine website calendar: 
Volunteers wanted   

Outgoing, helpful volunteers are needed for weekdays and weekends at the Real Racine Visitor Center, 14015 Washington Ave. (just west of the I-94/Hwy. 20 interchange).

You will meet new people, and help with a variety of tasks. No computer work!  You pick the four-hour shift (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) and the day you wish to volunteer. Ideal for retirees!!

Call Aletha at 262-898-3320 for details.
Summer 'Hotsheet' returns next week  

Thanks for reading "News from Real Racine" published by Real Racine, Racine County's destination marketing organization.

Watch for the Real Racine "Hotsheet," our weekly summertime e-newsletter It will be in your inbox starting Thursday, May 31 through Labor Day weekend. It has events, tips and music to help you plan your summer fun!    

HOTSheet Header V1 You can also catch our weekend events preview on the Real Racine mobile app for your Apple or Android devices. Just type in realracine to the menu.

We're also on the radio and online with the weekend preview every Thursday. Tune in to WRJN radio (AM 1400, FM 98.1, FM 99.9). Be sure to read it Thursday mornings on the Racine County Eye local news website (
Burlington ChocolateFest 
A weekend of fun

Unwrap Your Chocolate Power! is the theme of the 2018 Burlington ChocolateFest. This family-friendly event runs Friday, May 25 through Monday (Memorial Day), May 28 at the Festival Grounds, 681 Maryland Ave.

As usual, ChocolateFest has everything a chocolate fan could dream of! The Chocolate Experience tent includes a celebrity chef challenge (Friday), chocolate sampling, cooking demonstrations, chocolate eating contests, chocolate sculpting (Saturday and Sunday) and family games.

The Burlington Rotary Carnival midway opens Thursday (May 24) with free admission from 5 to 10 p.m. The high school battle of the bands runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and wristband ride specials are all evening.

ChocolateFest weekend also includes fireworks (Friday night), live music, helicopter rides, the Miss Burlington Area ChocolateFest pageant (Saturday afternoon), the All-American Lumberjack Show, hypnotist Chris Jones, Granpa Cratchet, petting zoo, commercial expo tent and more! 

Main stage headliners: Bella Cain (8:30 p.m. Friday),
Bad Boy (9 p.m. Saturday), Lunch Money Bullies (8:30 p.m. Sunday), The Britins (12 noon Monday). For more entertainment details, click HERE

General admission: $8 adults; $5 children 5 through 12; children 4 and younger, free. Chocolate Experience taster tickets: $7. Parking: $5.

Festival hours:  Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight;  Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to midnight; Monday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
2017 local visitor spending sets record

Visitors to Racine County spent a record $236.7 million in 2017, according to research conducted by Tourism Economics.

The report showed a 3.2 percent increase in visitor spending compared with 2016. The county's previous visitor spending record of $232.3 million was set in 2015. The new report shows that tourism supported 4,025 local jobs contributing $112.1 million in personal income. Those jobs generated $27 million in state and local taxes last year.
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Learn more about tourism's impact on the local and state economy in "The Power of Tourism" a special 8-page publication produced by Real Racine in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Pick up a free copy at the Real Racine Visitor Center, local government buildings and at area businesses. 

The inclusion of Racine County to the officially designated Frank Lloyd Trail had a positive effect that will be felt for years to come. The 200-mile trail self-guided motor route takes visitors to nine Frank Lloyd Wright-designed sites. Three sites are in Racine County: the SC Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower in Racine and the Wingspread home in Wind Point.

The local tourism industry also saw a big boost from the Antique & Classic Boat Society annual meeting and boat show held at ReefPoint Marina last September.

The Wisconsin Department of Tourism reported that statewide visitor spending last year hit $12.7 billion, a 3.2 percent increase from 2016. Tourism supported 195,255 jobs that accounted for nearly $5.4 billion in personal income.

The Department of Tourism works with
international research firms Tourism Economics and Longwoods International. The 2017 economic impact report was released for National Travel and Tourism Week, May 6-12.
Tour a treasure - free!    

You're invited to visit an international treasure! The SC Johnson Campus tours, 1525 Howe St., Racine, are now available at
10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.
Fortaleza Hall
Fortaleza Hall on the SC Johson campus in Racine.

The free tours include the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed SC Johnson Administration Building and the adjacent Wright-designed Research Tower. Visitors will also see the Golden Rondelle, which was the company's pavilion at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. The tour also includes Fortaleza Hall that features a replica of a Sikorsky S-38 amphibious aircraft that was used to recreate H.F. Johnson Jr.'s 1930s expedition to Fortaleza, Brazil to study the carnauba palm, a key ingredient in the company's floor and furniture care products. Fortaleza Hall also includes the S.C. Johnson Gallery: At Home With Frank Lloyd Wright and a gift shop.

Showings of the documentary film "Carnauba: A Son's Memoir" are offered at 1 p.m. on Sundays.

Advance reservations for tours and film showings are required. Visit or call 262-260-2154.

Visitors may also tour Wingpread, a 14,000-square-foot Prairie-style home that Wright designed for H.F. Johnson Jr. Located at 33 E. Four Mile Road in the Village of Wind Point, the property is now a conference center. T
ours can be booked at 262-681-3353 or at visit