Open House Racine County returns May 5

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Frank Lamping demonstrates the art of metal forging in the blacksmith shop at Oak Clearing Farm near Union Grove. This location. featured on cable TV's "American Pickers", is among nearly 60 sites that will be open to visitors during Open House Racine County on Saturday, May 5. (Photo courtesy of Real Racine.)

Your Racine County adventure starts Saturday, May 5 with the third annual Open House Racine County (OHRC), a free exploration of nearly 60 interesting places.

Among the new sites for 2018 are the Modine-Benstead Observatory in rural Yorkville, the historic DeKoven Center overlooking Lake Michigan, Gateway Technical College’s SC Johnson iMET Center and Putzmeister America, a manufacturer of huge truck-mounted concrete pumps in Sturtevant.

VisitorsOHRC to OHRC will also have access to popular sites from last year’s event, including the world-renowned Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Wingspread home in Wind Point, the Chocolate Experience Museum in downtown Burlington and Oak Clearing Farm (featured on the cable TV show “American Pickers”) near Union Grove.

Most OHRC locations will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Specific times, location descriptions and photos are on the OHRC website (www.OpenHouseRacineCounty.com). Look for the OHRC banner outside each location. Visitors will be greeted by representatives from each site.

OHRC is presented by Real Racine, Racine County’s destination marketing organization. Major sponsors are: Travel Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio and Magnum Media – parent company of Racine radio stations WRJN and WVTY-FM (91.2 FM The Shore).