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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

  • Come out to the WZOE Ag Expo Saturday at Bureau County Fairgrounds and thank some farmers in person!

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    Today Nov, 20th is Thank A Farmer Day and we say Thank You! Share and spread the word. -- with Lori Swanstrom Tjardes.

    November 21st 2014Go to status update
  • Here's the Sat & Sunday events for Bureau County. Get your running shoes on 'cause you are going to need them to do all of these events - November 21st, 2014 -- November 22nd, 2014
    A holiday potpourri will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 21 and from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 22 at the Cotter residence, 9137 1725 East St., Tiskilwa. Numerous hand-crafted decorative items, wreaths, ornaments, Christmas items, purses, baby items and baked goods will be for sale. Free coffee and cookies will be available.

    The WZOE AG Expo is coming to the Bureau County Fairgrounds Saturday, Nov 22nd 2014 from 8 to 2. Featuring free admission. See farm broadcasters, register for prizes and see 3 buildings of vendors.
    Bake Sale/Book Sale Friends of Strays will sponsor a bake/Christmas/book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Princeton Room at the Prouty Building in Princeton. Pies, cookies, breads and other homemade baked goodies, along with Christmas items and gifts, and books will be for sale. All proceeds will go to Friends of Strays, a no kill shelter.

    A Christkindl Markt (German Christmas Market) will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 22 at Open Prairie UCC, 25 E. Marion St. (behind the Apollo Theater). This will be part of the Princeton Main Street Christmas Walk and will include hand-crafted gifts, artwork, traditional German sweets (lebkuchen, stollen), international cookie bazaar, Advent calendars, fair trade coffees and chocolates. A German Brathaus lunch (and kids' menu) will be available, as well as a free children's activity (making gingerbread houses). Admission is free. For more information, call 815-872-5150.

    The Sheffield Methodist Church will hold a turkey and ham supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 22. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children. Carry-out is available and delivery is available to Sheffield residents by calling the church.

    An Evening with the Lincolns The Shadows of the Blue and Gray/Princeton Civil War Committee will present An Evening with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln, a one-act presentation revisiting the events in the lives of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Prairie Arts Center, 24 Park Ave. East, Princeton. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.

    Sunday November 23rd, 2014 Vendor & Craft Show
    The LaMoille PTO will host a holiday vendor and craft fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the LaMoille High School gym. There will be more than 25 distributors and crafters selling a variety of products and handmade crafts. The LaMoille High School art students will have a silent auction for their custom painted art chairs. The LaMoille Music Boosters will provide lunch concessions in the high school cafeteria.

    Bureau Valley High School junior class pancake breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 23 in the BVHS commons. Tickets are available from any BV junior or at the door. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for ages 3-12. There will also be a bake sale and BV Storm clothing will be available to order.
    Here's the Princeton Chamber of Commerce & Princeton Art District Christmas Open House info. Friday events:

    5:30pm ~ Santa arrives in Princeton on a fire truck for the Lighting of the Christmas Tree at Darius Miller Park
    6-8pm ~ Live Window Displays
    6-8pm ~ Horse-Drawn Carriange Rides
    6-8pm ~ Warm up with hot chocolate at the Cocoa Cottage (Frontier Lawn)
    7pm ~ Candy Cane Hunt at Soldiers and Sailors Park Sponsored by Bead Buzz

    Saturday events:
    9:30am -3pm ~ German Christkindl Market at Open Prairie UCC
    10am-3pm ~ Friends of Strays Bake Sale at the Prouty Building
    11am ~ Bureau County Chorus perform outside the Clark House
    12-2pm ~ Live Window Displays
    12-3pm ~ Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
    12-3pm ~ Visit Santa in the Prouty Building
    12-3pm ~ Warm up with hot chocolate at the Cocoa Cottage (Frontier Lawn)
    12-4pm ~ Christmas Photo Booth at the Prouty Building
    1-3pm ~ Bellringers in front of the Clark House
    1-3pm ~ Covered Bridge Barbershop Chorus singing and strolling on Main Street
    1-4pm ~ "Mini-Trees" Festival at the Prairie Arts Center

    Sunday Events:
    12-2pm ~ Warm up with hot chocolate at the Cocoa Cottage (Frontier Lawn)
    1-3pm ~ Princeton High School Madrigals singing and strolling on Main Street
    1-3pm ~ Bellringers at the Clark House
    1-3pm ~ Praise & Shine Quartet
    1-4pm ~ "Mini-Trees" Festival at the Prairie Arts Center
    2-4pm ~ Visit with Santa at the Prouty Building

    November 20th 2014Go to status update
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    Princeton Art District
    This Friday is the tree lighting at Darius Miller Park. Stop by all the many businesses that are open that night for your convenience!! Hot chocolate and more at Beetz Me!, new merchandise and a larger store at Juniper and Mae. Annie's little pots has new pottery and ornaments. Ammas has holiday delights to thrill! Anne's antiques abound with unique vintage. Hattie's is decked to the nines in vintage holiday! Johnson carpet has the floor coverings to update your home for the holidays. Maria's pizza is open for dinner! Myrtles is now open during the day at their new location. Come check it out! It's always artful and happening in "the Art District!"

    November 20th 2014Go to status update
  • Here's just some of the Friday Nov 21st events in Bureau County - it's going to be a busy one! The Saturday and Sunday events will be in a separate post.
    Cool 2 Duel Dueling Pianos at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Friday Nov 21st. Doors and Bar open at 6 p.m. Show at 6:30 p.m. Cash bar and light snacks. $25 per person. Tickets at State Bank of Cherry, North Central Bank of Ladd or mail to Holy Trinity Cherry. Fundraiser for Holy Trinity Cherry. Awesome professional show that draws sell-out crowds around the country. Do something Great and take senior shut in or someone new to your neighborhood!

    The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Neponset Community Building on West Commercial Street. To donate, call 309-594-2282 or visit redcrossblood.org.

    Purse & Jewelry Sale
    The Perry Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will sponsor a purse, jewelry and accessories sale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in the north lobby of the hospital. Major credit cards will be accepted. Proceeds from this event will go toward needed equipment for the hospital. For information, call 815-879-7431.

    November 21st, 2014 -- November 22nd, 2014 Holiday Potpourri
    A holiday potpourri will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 21 and from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 22 at the Cotter residence, 9137 1725 East St., Tiskilwa. Numerous hand-crafted decorative items, wreaths, ornaments, Christmas items, purses, baby items and baked goods will be for sale. Free coffee and cookies will be available.

    Mini Xmas Tree Festival Help keep the tradition alive! The Prairie Arts Council invites you to participate in its fifth annual Christmas Mini Tree Festival. November 21st - December 7th, 2014
    The Festival will be open on Saturdays and Sundays 1-4 pm and Wednesdays 10 am - noon for viewing and bidding. Bidding will close at 2:30 on Sunday, December 7 with announcement of winners at 3:00 pm. Guests may bid up until 2:30 in person or by phone at 815-875-2787. Friday, November 21, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm; Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm; Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Chili Dinner The Wyanet Historical Society will hold their annual chili & soup supper on Nov. 21st. Beverly Grant's famous chili and Clara Oloffson's popular homemade chicken noodle soup will be served Friday night, from 4 to 7pm in Historical Hall at a cost of $7.50 per person, children 5 and under, free. Included with your supper ticket will be the delicious assortment of pies and desserts prepared by the ladies of the WHS. Our special guest speaker this year will be 1967 alumni, Wayne Sapp, published author and poet. He will be in the museum at 5:30 p.m. speaking of his forthcoming book on Alaska and his memories of growing up in Wyanet.

    Love, Loss and What I Wore at Festival 56 by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron - November 14th through November 22nd, 2014 Grace Performing Arts Center 7:30pm, Friday, November 21st

    Poetry Night at Four and Twenty Cafe Marydale Stewart will be launching her new collection of narrative poems, "Let the Thunder In" ~ Meet the poet and purchase her books from 6:30 to 7 and then stay for readings from 7:15 to 8PM. The reception will be followed by an open mike session. Marydale is a retired college English teacher, librarian, technical writer and artist currently living in Spring Valley! Read your own poetry work , another's work or just come to listen! Free coffee and tea, plus other treats and drinks available for purchase!

    November 19th 2014Go to status update
  • Look at all of the stuff going on in Princeton this weekend. Holy Shopping!! Princeton's Annual Christmas Open House. Shopping, treats and music along Main Street. November 21, 2014 - November 23, 2014 http://princetonchamber-il.com/
    Princeton's Annual Christmas Open House -Visit with Mrs Claus at Amma's Studio
    Christmas Vendor Show with arts & crafts at Clark House Mall 500 S Main St, Sat. Nov. 22 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Susie for info 872-3687

    Paint with Santa Sunday, Nov. 24th from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Pottery Cellar at Annie's Little Pots. Call 875-2372 to make reservation. $15. Space is limited and reservations for plates need to be made in advance. Your plate will be personalized with the child and year. Children will meet Santa from 12- 2 pm and after talking with Santa, they will move on to the paint table to prepare for their handprint over Santa's actual handprint, which he has signed. Please bring your camera!.

    The Prairie Arts Council will offer free children's Christmas crafts from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Prairie Arts Center in Princeton. Children ages 4 to 12 may choose from an assortment of holiday crafts and ornaments to make and take home that day. This event is free and open to the public.

    Friday events:

    5:30pm ~ Santa arrives in Princeton on a fire truck for the Lighting of the Christmas Tree at Darius Miller Park

    6-8pm ~ Live Window Displays

    6-8pm ~ Horse-Drawn Carriange Rides

    6-8pm ~ Warm up with hot chocolate at the Cocoa Cottage (Frontier Lawn)

    7pm ~ Candy Cane Hunt at Soldiers and Sailors Park Sponsored by Bead Buzz


    Saturday events:

    9:30am -3pm ~ German Christkindl Market at Open Prairie UCC

    10am-3pm ~ Friends of Strays Bake Sale at the Prouty Building

    11am ~ Bureau County Chorus perform outside the Clark House

    12-2pm ~ Live Window Displays

    12-3pm ~ Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

    12-3pm ~ Visit Santa in the Prouty Building

    12-3pm ~ Warm up with hot chocolate at the Cocoa Cottage (Frontier Lawn)

    12-4pm ~ Christmas Photo Booth at the Prouty Building

    1-3pm ~ Bellringers in front of the Clark House

    1-3pm ~ Covered Bridge Barbershop Chorus singing and strolling on Main Street

    1-4pm ~ "Mini-Trees" Festival at the Prairie Arts Center

    Sunday Events:

    12-2pm ~ Warm up with hot chocolate at the Cocoa Cottage (Frontier Lawn)

    1-3pm ~ Princeton High School Madrigals singing and strolling on Main Street

    1-3pm ~ Bellringers at the Clark House

    1-3pm ~ Praise & Shine Quartet

    1-4pm ~ "Mini-Trees" Festival at the Prairie Arts Center

    2-4pm ~ Visit with Santa at the Prouty Building

    November 19th 2014Go to status update


  • November 18th 2014Go to status update

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    Lighting of the Christmas tree on Friday, 11/21 at 5:30PM! Santa will arrive at Darius Miller Park on a Princeton firetruck!!

    November 18th 2014Go to status update

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    Another fun little festival in Sheffield tomorrow! Check out this flyer, lots of freebies, and goodies! Free horse drawn wagon rides and other free fun activities for the kids!

    November 15th 2014Go to status update

  • LaMoille PTO
    LaMoille PTO Craft & Vendor Fair is SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 ` 11 AM - 4 PM. I am so excited we have over 25 crafters/vendors signed up so far. Tables are still available if anyone is interested. Please message Melody Schultz. Plus we will have a delic...

    November 14th 2014Go to status update
  • We took it easy on you last week, but this weekend will keep you hopping to do all of the fun things we have going on in Bureau County. Lots of Christmas shopping opportunities this weekend too!
    November 13th, 2014 Spaghetti Dinner
    Echo Bluff Park Board Spaghetti Dinner, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., Lanuti's in Ladd, $8 - Spaghetti, Salad, Roll & Dessert. Proceed used to purchase new Ice Skates!

    November 14th, 2014 -- November 16th, 2014
    Festival 56 is a professional theatre festival, which is located at the Grace Performing Arts Center. "Love, Loss and What I Wore" will be directed by Eric Wegener. This production explores how the items in a woman's closet can tell a tale. It will run Nov. 14-22.
    All ticket prices are $26 regular, $24 senior 65 plus and $13 for students under 18. Individual Show Times & Dates
    7:30pm, Friday, November 14th
    7:30pm, Saturday, November 15th
    7:30pm, Friday, November 21st
    2:00pm, Saturday, November 22nd
    7:30pm, Saturday, November 22nd

    November 14th, 2014 Veterans Dinner & Dance
    The Princeton Moose Lodge will hold a dinner and dance on Friday. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and music will begin at 6:30 p.m. The dinner is free to any veteran. There will be a $5 cover charge for the dance.

    November 14th, 2014 -- November 15th, 2014
    St. Bede Academy will present Fall Theatre XVII: Unexpected Alternatives, an evening of four short plays and three monologues. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Abbey Church Lecture Hall. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for grade school students. Sarah Bolelli (right) and Nathan Kinsella perform "Dancing Blind," a 10-minute play about a blind woman helping her new boyfriend understand her world.

    November 15th, 2014 Vendor Craft Fair
    New Hope Church of the Nazarene, located at 30 N. Sixth St., Princeton, will host its annual camp fundraiser, a vendor craft fair, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. There will also be baked goods and a concession stand. Booths are still available. For information, call the church at 815-875-1900.

    November 15th, 2014
    Christmas in the Valley, Special sales and holiday family activities. Downtown Spring Valley, Vendor Show to benefit Hall twp. Food Pantry at City Hall. 10 a.m - 2 p.m. 815.303.4327

    Bureau Valley North in Walnut will hold a trivia night and silent auction Nov. 15. The silent auction starts at 5 p.m. with trivia beginning at 6 p.m. Food will be available to purchase. Proceeds will go the BV Junior High Washington, D.C., trip. Tickets are available at CFSB

    November 15th, 2014
    The Princeton/Tiskilwa area Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will conduct their annual food drive in Princeton on Saturday. To donate, place non-perishable food items or paper products outside your door or some place visible for the scouts to pick up. Collection will be from 9 a.m. to noon. Items can be dropped off at the Princeton Public Library from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

    November 15th, 2014 Model Train Fair & Farm Toy Show
    The Northern IL Model Train Fair and Farm Toy Show returns to Bureau County Fairgrounds. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Buy, sell, trade your model trains. Working train layouts in the building. Lots of farm toys for sale. Plus a 1/8th scale train that the kids can take rides on!

    Celebrate Sheffield
    The Sheffield Public Library will again participate in "Celebrate Sheffield, the annual holiday event which will take place Nov. 15. The library will be open that day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library theme for this year's celebration will be "Book your Holiday." Refreshments, including cheeses, dips, candy, coffee and punch, will be served. A book sale will also be held featuring books from "Books are Fun,"

    In conjunction with the event, librarian Sue Lanxon will also read some holiday books for the children in the children's department at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Popcorn will be served. A special guest, Andrew Carnegie, aka Karl Rahr, will greet guests from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Everyone is invited to visit and participate in the silent auction, held as part of the "Celebrate Sheffield" event. The library has prepared a holiday book basket containing "new" holiday books for readers of all ages. The basket will be on display in the library. All proceeds from the basket auction will be given to the Sheffield Danish Church. A container where shoppers can drop their Sheffield Bucks will also be located in the library.

    Plan to spend the day in Sheffield, Nov. 15...enjoy special treats and store specials at downtown Sheffield businesses, enter to win Sheffield Bucks, silent auction of beautiful baskets full of goodies, visit the Historic Danish Church, beautifully displayed museum, Sheffield Library story times and book sales, eat lunch at Z-Best restaurant on Main St. or St. Patrick's Church soup/sandwiches plus a new to you bazaar. Visit all locations while riding on a horse drawn wagon, enjoy all the decorated windows and listen to holiday music. A family Scavenger hunt is planned for this years Celebrate Sheffield. Stop by the Concord Township building, Cornerstone Community Wellness table and pick up your clues! Put on your coats, hats and mittens and enjoy a treasure hunt! Next Sat , Nov 15.. Sign up anytime between 10-1:30. Happy hunting. Its Celebrate Sheffield, Nov 15...starts 10 am.

    Tractor Supply Co. in Princeton is will host a Vendor Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The event includes a variety of vendors, who will be exhibiting and selling their wares like Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Good Scents, woodworkers, Tanks, the pet shop, The Stitch Makers and more. The Vendor Fair will be indoors. The Princeton Optimist Club is doing a cook-out and bake sale. The public is invited. TSC is located at 2110 N. Main St., Princeton.

    November 16th, 2014 Free Turkey Dinner
    The First Lutheran Church of Ohio will sponsor its fifth annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner at 5 p.m. Nov. 16th. This is by reservation only - with 80 spaces available. Call 376-7431 for reservations.

    November 16th, 2014 Pancake Breakfast
    The Princeton Veterans Group will hold its pancake and sausage breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday at the American Legion Hall, 1549 W. Peru St., Princeton. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, applesauce, coffee and juice. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under 5 years old. Advance tickets can be purchased from members and will also be available at the door

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    Check out all of the great specials, activities, and treats offered this Saturday in Sheffield!

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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