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Welcome to Bureau County

Located between the Quad Cities and Chicago, nestled in the middle of North Central Illinois heartland, Bureau County is a hidden treasure full of a cornucopia of simple pleasures. One never knows what they may find!

Between a summer full of exciting seasonal festivities, parkside Shakespeare plays, an assortment of unique and interesting shops and everything in between, we are positive you will discover so much to love about Bureau County, our beloved home, and share experience you can only find by taking a step off the beaten path.

So, take a moment to look around and discover Bureau County for yourself. We can't wait to see you! ..More Info

News & Announcements


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    September 18th 2014Go to status update
  • Here's the weekend events in Bureau County for Sept. 19 & 20th. Check out the whole list!! Garage & Bake Sale for Our Table. A group of Princeton area churches with a mission to help people during hard economic times, or those who are lonely, will hold its first-ever garage/bake sale Sept. 19 and 20 at the old WILLO-B building, 18066 U.S. Highway 6, two miles west of Princeton. Sale hours will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

    September 19th, 2014
    Lunch in the Park Friday at the Princeton Court House park by BV Hospice and bake sale by Friends of Strays

    Saturday - Princeton's Farmer's Market - Main Street 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    September 19th, 2014 -- September 20th, 2014
    Townwide Garage Sales
    Ohio will have townwide garage sales on Friday and Saturday.
    Walnut Town-Wide Garage Sales under September 19-20, 2014

    September 20th, 2014 Take a Vet Fishing
    The Spring Valley Walleye Club will sponsor its Take a Vet Fishing Day on Saturday. Meet at Time on the Water bait shop at 8 a.m. Breakfast will be provided by SV McDonalds. Fishing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

    September 20th, 2014 Golf Scramble
    Easter Seals of LaSalle and Bureau Counties' 3rd Annual Golf Scramble will be held on Sept. 20 at Spring Creek Golf Course in Spring Valley. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 10:30 a.m. There will be a 19th hole party at 6 p.m. at MJ's Pub & Grill. Golf and dinner is $70 per person and dinner only is $20 per person. Hole and Flag sponsorships are available for $100. To register or for more information, contact Kyle Creedon at (815) 252-0800 or Tracy Beattie at (815) 434-0857.

    September 20th, 2014
    The Wyanet Fire Dept. will be having a cookout at the Wyanet Locker. So come on up and have a sandwich and support your local firefighters. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    September 20th, 2014 5K Run/Walk
    Holy Trinity Cherry will hold its second annual 5K fun walk/run to benefit the LaSalle Veterans Home Sept. 20. Check-in will be held from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. at Cherry Park. The opening ceremonies and Color Guard will be at 9 a.m. The race will start at 9:15 a.m. The cost is $25 for adults and $10 for children under 12 years old. To register, visit www.cherryholytrinity.org or email or call Alan Ring at Alan_Ring_957@comcast.net or 815-303-3312 for a form. To just make a donation, visit www.cherryholytrinity.org or mail a check made out to "Walk/Run for LaSalle Vet Home" and send it to Holy Trinity Cherry, 212, S. Main St., Cherry, IL 61317.

    September 21st, 2014
    The St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Sheffield is celebrating 160 years of spiritual life and growth. Located at 233 W. Atkinson St., the church will have an anniversary mass at 10 a.m. Sunday, followed by a picnic lunch and activities for all ages. The public is invited to attend Sunday's celebration. Father Mark Miller, administrator of the church since 2012, will lead the church in its celebration..

    September 21st, 2014 IV Symphony Orchestra
    The Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra will perform a Pops Concert at 3 p.m at Princeton High School. Adults $15, Students $5. Includes music from Showboat and Frozen and Brahms Hungarian Dances.

    September 21st, 2014 St. Patrick's Church
    St. Patrick Church, Arlington, will celebrate the Sesquicentennial of its parish on Sept. 21 with a 10:30 a.m. Mass of thanksgiving with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky. Following mass, a catered buffet dinner will be held in the Parish life Center, Bishop Franz Hall. All parishioners, former parishioners, patrons of Calvary Cemetery and friends of all faiths are invited to attend.
    While invitations have been mailed, the event is not restricted to only those receiving invitations. All are welcome on an as space permits basis. A limited number of dinner reservations are also still available and may be purchased for $15 each by calling the parish office at 815-894-2006 or 618-833-0073.

    September 18th 2014Go to status update

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    RIP'S CHICKEN!!! And a chance to support the work of CPASA!!! Get your tickets now from any CPASA member. This will be a fun night!

    September 18th 2014Go to status update
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    Located between the Quad Cities and Chicago, nestled in the middle of North Central Illinois heartland, Bureau County is a hidden treasure full of a cornucopia of simple pleasures. One never knows what they may find!

    September 18th 2014Go to status update

  • Homestead Festival - Sunday
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  • Homestead Festival Car Show
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    This is done by Jessie Carpenter and is on the Carpenter Farm #6 on our map . 27713 2350 East St Ohio Il

    September 15th 2014Go to status update

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    SAVE THE DATE!

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  • The Barn Quilts of Bureau County will be raffling off a 2 x 2 barn quilt at Sherwin Williams on Main Street in Princeton this afternoon. Stop up there before 3 p.m. to get your tickets. You could have a really beautiful barn quilt to hang on your barn, garage or home! Be sure to stop by the Prouty Building or the Bureau County Fairgrounds to pick up a Barn Quilt tour map. There are almost 40 quilts hung up around the county and there are lots of great designs to see!


    September 14th 2014Go to status update
  • The Huge Homestead Festival car show is today. Start your morning at the pancake and sausage breakfast at the Moose lodge. There will be pie and ice cream at the park along with the kids petting zoo and the craft show. Check out all of the window displays along Main street. The flea market at the fairgrounds runs until 2 pm. The BBQ cook off is on main street this afternoon too. Beautiful day so don't miss the fun?
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Featured Events Around Bureau County

Z-Tour Bike Ride

Z-Tour Bike Ride

This road ride provides you a chance to enjoy some of the best bike roads that northwest Illinois has to offer. The routes will feature loops that incorporate hills, rolling terrain, beautiful views of Bureau Creek with minimal traffic.

Visit Z-Tour Bike Ride
Festival 56

Festival 56

Festival 56 is a professional theatre festival located in Princeton, Illinois, offering a season of ten plays and musicals each year including free, outdoor Shakespeare in the Park.

Visit Festival 56
Homestead Festival

Homestead Festival

A city-wide celebration for everyone to enjoy with an ice cream social, street dance, book sale, window displays, horse wagon rides, flea market, arts and crafts show, pork bbq, local talent showcase, parade, and beer garden.

Visit Homestead Festival
Barn Quilts of Bureau County

Barn Quilts of Bureau County

Barn Quilts of Bureau County is designed to celebrate Bureau County's rich agricultural heritage, showcase our rural areas, and promote agritourism, the arts, and a sense of community pride.

Learn More About Our Quilts
Bureau County Fair

Bureau County Fair

Our Fair is one of Illinois' longest running fairs. Make your way to this exciting event each year to enjoy such thrilling attractions as carnival, concert, thrill shows, chain saw carvers, tractor pulls, and demolition derby

Visit Our Fair
Shadows of the Blue & Gray

Shadows of the Blue & Gray

The most authentic and spectacular Civil War reenactment in Illinois with period dance, crafts from the era by period artisans; talented storytellers and musicians; and a Barn Dance and Night Cannon Firing to bring the times alive!

Visit Shadows of the Blue & Gray