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The Burlington Rotary Carnival midway opens tonight (Thursday) at the ChocolateFest Grounds, 681 Maryland Ave. Burlington ChocolateFest 2018 runs Friday through Monday (Memorial Day).

Memorial Day weekend is when Burlington truly becomes Chocolate City USA! The annual ChocolateFest events are underway all this weekend as well as local history, a patriotic concert and Memorial Day observances. Real Racine has your weekend preview.

Everything chocolate. “Unwrap Your Chocolate Power!” is the theme of the 2018 Burlington ChocolateFest. The Burlington Rotary Carnival midway opens Thursday with free admission from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Festival Grounds, 681 Maryland Ave. The high school battle of the bands runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and wristband ride specials are all evening. ChocolateFest kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday.

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 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!

General admission at the gate is $8 for adults; $5 for children ages 5 through 12. Children ages 4 and younger are admitted free. Chocolate Experience taster tickets are $7 . Parking is $5. Festival hours are Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to midnight; Monday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For the full entertainment lineup, visit www.chocolatefest.com

History in Waterford. You’re invited to step into the past on Waterford on Thursday. Absolutely Waterford and volunteers will officially open the village’s self-guided Heritage Walking Tour with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. at the Waterford Public Library, 101 N. River St. Everyone is welcome to visit each site using the new brochure map and QR codes for mobile devices. The nine sites are marked with bronze plaques. Using the plaque information, visitors are invited to join in a history scavenger hunt that runs until 8 p.m. The brochures will be available at the library, village hall, the Absolutely Waterford/Chamber of Commerce offices and other locations throughout the village. Visit www.absolutelywaterford.org

Music and a lot more. Voices of Valor, a celebration of America’s service men and women is Saturday at the EAA Chapter 838 Hangar, 3333 N. Green Bay Road, Caledonia. Performances by the Kenosha Chamber Choir, MGV Harmonica, Round Lake Community Band and the Rat Package. Admission is $20. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event benefits Just Live Inc., a nonprofit suicide prevention and mental health organization. Advance tickets at: www.kenoshachamberchoir.org or 800-449-9450.

Run extended. The Racine Theatre Guild’s presentation of the musical comedy “Sister Act” has been extended through Saturday, June 2. Performances are weekends at the Theatre Guild stage, 2519 Northwestern Ave. Order tickets for remaining performances at: www.racinetheatre.org or call 262-633-4218.

Pause to honor. This Memorial Day weekend, please take time to honor our country’s military personnel who have died.

Area observances include:

  • Sturtevant Memorial Day parade (10 a.m. Saturday from Schulte Elementary School, 8515 Westminster Drive)
  • Southern Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery program (11 a.m. Sunday, 21731 Spring St., Union Grove)
  • Veterans Memorial Day Parade (9 a.m. Monday from Kane and Edward streets, Burlington)
  • Racine Memorial Day Parade (10 a.m. Monday from West Boulevard and Washington Avenue)
  • West Lawn Memorial Day Observance (10 a.m. Monday, Garden of Valor, 9000 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant)
  • Rochester Memorial Day Parade (1:30 p.m. from Rochester Fire Station to Pioneer Park).

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