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Robin Vos Eupdate: July 31, 2009

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Great Summer Events Right Here in Wisconsin

As the recession has taken its toll on the pocketbooks of Americans, the tourism industry has also taken a hit because families have decided to hold off on their vacations. The phrase "staycation" has even been coined as people search for recreation on a more local level. Because there are so many great things to do right here in Wisconsin, staying here on the weekends can actually be quite enjoyable. Below are a few ideas for fun, free or cheap things to do in southern Wisconsin over the next few weeks.

This Weekend

Racine County Fair Union Grove Sara Evans to perform www.racinecountyfair.com

August 6-16

Wisconsin State Fair Wisconsin State Fair Park 800 884 3247 www.wistatefair.com

August 9

Racine Sand Castles Sand sculpting and live entertainment Samuel Myers Park 262 636 9131

August 13-16

Milwaukee Irish Fest The nation's largest Irish festival 300 entertainers on 17 stages at Henry Maier Festival Park www.irishfest.com

August 14-16

Port Washington Maritime Heritage Tall Ship Festival Showcases tall ships, food, entertainment and artisans on the lakefront www.portmaritimefestival.com

August 23

Racine Zoo Classic Car Show One of the best attended car and motorcycle shows in southeast WI 10am-4pm www.racinezoo.org

September 4-7

Apple Holler Paula Red Festival and Corn Roast (Sturtevant) Apple picking, country cookout, corn roast, and wagon rides www.appleholler.com

September 5

Kenosha Walk in the Woods Art Fair More than 60 artists display artwork along trails of Hawthorn Hollow

10am - 4pm www.hawthornhollow.org

Waukesha Art Fest Art, food, live jazz and classical music Cutler Park www.downtownwaukesha.com

These are just a few of the many great family-friendly events to attend in Wisconsin this summer.  You can find many more in the Wisconsin Spring/Summer Event Guide.  My office would be happy to send this guide to you, in addition to many other tourism and recreation guides. You can also have them sent directly to you by calling 1-800-432-8747 or visiting www.travelwisconsin.com.

Guest Conducting the Burlington Kiwanis Civic Band

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A few weeks ago I had the honor of being the guest conductor for the Burlington Kiwanis Civic Band. While I don't purport to have any conducting skills to speak of, I really had a great time.  Thanks to the Band for inviting me to participate!  If you're interested in hearing them, they will be performing their last concert of the season tonight at 7pm at Echo Park in Burlington.

State Representative Robin Vos State Capitol - Room 105 West - Post Office Box 8953 - Madison, Wisconsin 53708 Phone: (608) 266-9171 - Toll Free: (888) 534-0063 - Fax (608) 282-3663 Email: Rep.Vos@legis.wisconsin.gov On the Internet: Representative Vos' Web Site