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Weekend Preview: Fairs, poetry, music, movies, and more


The weekend is finally here and whether you're a fan of poetry slams, water skiing, classic movies, or just need a corn dog, there are plenty of activities planned around the region to keep the whole family busy.

The Stephenson County Fair is already in full swing, but it continues through Sunday with fair food, rides, live music, and activities for all ages. You can find a schedule of activities for this weekend here: http://www.wrex.com/story/22797428/2013/07/09/stephenson-county-fair.

The weekend starts at 6:00 p.m. Friday night at Bookworm Cafe with its monthly poetry slam. Rockford's only certified poetry slam follows national slam guidelines and is put on in collaboration with Poetry INC. Bookworm is located at 6685 East State inside the library. For details, call 815-966-2797.

Just an hour later, the Ski Broncs will take to the water at Shorewood Park. The free show features water ski entertainment for the whole family. Concessions are also available. The main show starts at 7:00 p.m. and the B Team performs at 6:15 p.m.

The 2nd Annual Bike and Old School Car Show kicks off at noon on Saturday at Kegel Harley-Davidson (7125 Harrison Avenue in Rockford). The show runs through 4:00 p.m. with an after party starting then and going until 11:45 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate for the after party, which will feature live music from Big Daddy Woo Woo and DJ Rated AG, food, and vendors.

On Saturday night, things get a little more mysterious with Tinker Swiss Cottage's Murder Mystery Night from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Anyone and everyone could be the suspect when murder comes calling at the 19th century cottage. Period costumes are welcome and tickets are $20 per person. Call 815-964-2424 in advance to reserve your spot. The museum is located at 411 Kent Street in Rockford.

Take the opportunity to relax with some live music at Klehm Arboretum. Gates open at 4:00 with music from Deals Gone Bad starting at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $10, $5 for members, and kids 12 and under are free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase and the concert is rain or shine. Bring along a chair, blanket, and even a picnic.

Wind down with a free outdoor showing of A League of Their Own at Midway Village 8:00 p.m. Bring your own blanket or chair to see the movie that highlights the Rockford Peaches. Children five and up can learn how to play baseball at 7:30 p.m. Pop, popcorn, and ice cream will be sold.

You can find more fun events at our Community Calendar page.

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