Editor's note: This festival was rescheduled to Oct. 21 because of inclement weather on the 14th. The story below has been updated.
RACINE — West Racine is celebrating the season with a West Racine Fall Festival from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21.
Held in the same area as the West Racine Farmers Market (corner of West Boulevard and Washington Avenue, behind the DaVita Harbor View Dialysis center) the event will feature live music and other entertainment, children’s activities, food and other vendors including — for the first time at a West Racine festival — a beer tent.
Planned children’s activities include pumpkin decorating, a “make-your-own-scarecrow” station, face painting and visiting with members of the City of Racine Fire Department, who will bring some of their equipment to the event. Kids can also watch a Halloween-themed, animated movie which will be shown on a big screen following sunset (about 6:30 p.m.).
Folks of all ages can enjoy performances by steel drum artist Angel Lawrie and the Racine International Folk Dancers in the late afternoon. The popular Celtic group County Crossings is scheduled to perform from 6 to 8 p.m.
The festival will also offer opportunities for learning. Racine Heritage Museum representatives will present information about the North Shore Railroad, which used to run through West Racine, and a program sponsored by the Avenue Pet Shoppe will explore scent training for dogs, with tips for how to tap into a dog’s natural abilities.
A variety of vendors, offering items ranging from fiber arts and baskets to homemade jams and sauces will also be on hand. Other food offerings will include Ralph Malicki’s Piggy Wiggly serving grilled sausages and other sandwiches; Culver’s Yorkville location serving its frozen custard specialties; and home-baked goods sold by the West Racine Kiwanis. The Kiwanis club will also be selling its special-edition holiday ornaments.