It’s an annual rite of summer that Racine County residents have celebrated for 100 years.

And as the Racine County Fair opens this week fairgoers will have a chance to look back and realize that some things endure even in the face of advanced technology.

The 100th Racine County Fair is among the top stories in this week’s edition of the Burlington Standard Press.

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Here’s a look at some of the other stories in this week’s edition:


REFERENDUM COLLISION: The Board of Education at the Burlington Area School District continued to explore a possible operational referendum during a special meeting Monday. But officials are concerned holding the vote in November would conflict with the City of Burlington’s Echo Lake Dam referendum.


FATAL CRASH: A crash at the intersection of Highway 11 and Highway JS July 20 left one person dead and a second seriously injured. Bruce Wardell, Burlington, was killed in the crash. A second victim, Christopher Allen Wardell, was taken by Flight for Life to a local trauma center.


MAXWELL ST. DAYS: Downtown Burlington will be buzzing with activity Friday and Saturday as the Burlington Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Maxwell Street Days. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days local merchants will offer special promotions and outside crafters and vendors will set up booths at Wehmhoff Square. Saturday will feature several special activities including: the Trails to Ales 5K run beginning at 9 a.m. at Riverside Park; the Duck Dash fundraiser at 2 p.m. at Wehmhoff-Jucker Park (tickets are available at the chamber office or on its website); and a Hidden History Hunt from 1 to 4 p.m. at Wehmhoff Square. As part of the celebration residents throughout the city will host their own yard sales.


FIREWORKS SHOW: Residents and visitors have another reason to celebrate downtown Burlington business with the city planning to present its Fourth of July fireworks at dusk on Saturday, July 30, over the Festival Grounds on Maryland Avenue. The fireworks show was originally scheduled for Monday, July 4, until the city postponed the presentation because of impending severe weather.


A CHALLENGE FOR VOS: State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos faces a Republican primary challenge from political newcomer Adam Steen for his 63rd District Assembly seat.


SO LONG, MIKE: Standard Press sports correspondent Mike Ramczyk offers a heartfelt goodbye to his hometown newspaper as he moves on to another job.