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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

  • DavePlease make plans to attend the annual Mineral Fire Department Fireworks display on Friday, July 3rd...June 29th, 2015
  • Illinois River Road - Princeton, IllinoisPrinceton, Illinois is part 3 of our video tour. Located on Interstate 80 and served by AMTRAK, Prin...June 25th, 2015
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    On Saturday July 4th come on out to Zearing Park and Celebrate Munzees 4th Birthday before the fireworks I will be providing Charcoal and water you supply your own food and drinks if you'd like something other than water there will be a brief informational on how to Munzee and there will also special event munzees around the park as well as a Special Badge for your Munzee profile

    Just goto and sign up for free and come out and eat and play before the Big Bang

    Once you create an account click on the calendar link to say you're attending

    See you there :)
    Munzee. 21st Century Scavenger Hunt.Munzee is the next generation in global scavenger hunt games. Simply download the free app, scan the...June 22nd, 2015
  • Please be safe when you are fishing or anywhere near the water.MichelleIn light of recent flood events. Storms Baitshop will be CLOSED. As much as we love fishing, your ...June 18th, 2015
  • Shop til you drop in 2 days!!The 10th Annual More On 34 Event Is This WeekendBargain hunters delight in this annual event which features yard sales, flea markets, garage sales a...June 17th, 2015
  • Check for road closures here before you leave home. Don't drive through standing water.Emergency ClosuresThis area is designed to provides IDOT’s target audiences with our story, past, current, and our v...June 16th, 2015
  • Water water everywhere.Spring Valley Boat ClubSpring Valley Boat Club is closed due to high water. We'll keep you informed as to when we'll reopen...June 16th, 2015
  • Over 50 vendors have signed up for the two day Garage Sale during More on 34 at the Bureau County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 8 a.m. each day. There will be a concession stand and indoor seating with restrooms too. To sign up to sell there call Tracy at 815-303-2905. Sale dates are June 19 & 20th.
    Lots of sales all along Rt. 34 in Bureau County. Plus visit the Old Wheels Car Show at the First Lutheran Church on Saturday. 1 block west of Rt. 34. Turn west at the light by City hall and go 3 blocks north. Free admission. Also the Princeton Farmers' Market on Saturday until 2 p.m. next door to the movie theater.
    June 15th, 2015
  • Don't miss all of the fun events today. Start at the Tiskilwa Strawberry and Artisan Festival with strawberry Shortcake! Then try a buffalo burger in LaMoille
    June 12th, 2015 -- June 14th, 2015
    Buffalo Days
    Buffalo Days is a 3-day event, Fun for all ages. Families can look forward to buffalo burgers and pork chops hot off the grill, a parade, amusement rides, games, tug-of-war, volleyball and water fights between local firefighters while adults enjoy the beer garden and live music. For more information about Buffalo Days, visit the website at

    Saturday, June 13th
    7:00 AM Buffalo Stampede 5K Run/Walk high school
    7:00 am registration / 8 a.m. 5K race begins
    8:00 Tractor show at Allen Grade School
    9:00am-3- Vendor Show-over 30 stands
    9:30am Food and Beer tent opens (Buffalo days, Haack & Gordon Nelson
    10:30 Bed Races- main street in front of school
    11:00 Parade on Main Street. to register call 815-866-2154
    12:00 Outdoor concert by the LaMoille school band.
    12:00 Inflatable carnival, fun fair $10.00 wristbands
    1:00 Measner Magic show on Allen school grounds
    1:00 Fireman water fights-behind grade school
    1:30 Kiddy Tractor Pull ages 3-10
    2:00 Al & Lincolnaires- performing in beer tent
    3:00 Measner Magic Show
    3:00 Bingo by LaMoille Lions Club under food tent $10/3 games (must be 18 to play)
    5:00-8:00 LASER tag 5-8 cost $2 a game
    8:00/Dusk out door movie "Paddington" Baptist church yard, sponsored by Larry Scriba
    8:30 Music by "Abby Normal"
    11:00 Free egg sandwiches
    Sunday, June 14th
    8:00- 3 on 3 Tourney - Basketball (see details on registration tab at top of page)815-866-7391
    9:00-Noon Pancake and sausage breakfast at Lions Club.
    10:00 AM Community church service @ Allen School by Baptist church/bring lawn chair
    11:00 AM Volleyball tournament @ LaMoille Allen Jr High school
    12:00 noon Food stand and beer tent open.
    12:30-3:30 Dreamwave Wrestling @ Allen School - tickets on sale $12.00 (linked to paypal)
    1:30 Buffalo Wing Cook-off (to register call 815-303-5145)
    2:30 Music by "Meerkat Mobsters sponsored by Gatza Electrical Contracting, Peru
    3:30 Live Auction in beer tent.
    5:30 50/50 drawing in beer tent.

    June 12th, 2015 -- June 13th, 2015 Neponset Picnic Days

    Sat 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pancake breakfast at the community building; 8 a.m. 5K run; 10:30 a.m. Parade; Pie Baking Contest; 9-5 Flea Market in Scott Park; face painting & kids games, petting zoo, 5-midnight –Beer Garden in Scott Park; 5-7 p.m. Pork Chop Dinner (bring your own table service and a covered dish) 5-7 Jazz on the Side, 9 p.m.- midnight- Jokers Wild

    June 13th, 2015 -- June 14th, 2015
    The PHS cheerleaders - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13, the cheerleaders will host a car wash and cookout at Sullivan’s. From 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 14, the cheerleaders will have a buffet night at Pizza Hut in Princeton. Tickets for the buffet are $9 for adults and $5 for children.
    The Wyanet Boy Scouts will host a cookout from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at the Wyanet Locker. The menu will be ribeyes, butterfly chops, pork burgers, brats, hot dogs, chips and pop.
    The Manlius Sportsmen’s Club will hold a fundraiser at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 13. They will be serving turtle, smelt, fish, turkey nuts, fries and baked beans. The cost is a donation to the club. The event will end at 7 p.m. or whenever the food runs out.

    June 13th, 2015
    Candy Land Castle Father and Daughter Dance on Saturday, June 13th at Bureau County Fairgrounds. $30 per charming couple and $10 for extra Princess. Tickets include a light supper, beverage and dessert, Father-Daughter Memory photo, Music, dancing, Fun & Laughter. Reply by 5-30 to Tracy Diehl 815-507-2596.

    June 13th, 2015 Strawberry Festival
    Tiskilwa’s annual Strawberry and Art Festival will load up the lawn at the Museum on Main with fresh strawberries and shortcake, more than 15 booths of arts and crafts, and local musicians celebrating this festive summer event from 10:00 to 3:00.
    Plow Creek Farms will once again offer strawberries and baked goods while the Tiskilwa Historical Society provides a venue for local artists and artisans to show off their wares. Several will be selling, others demonstrating and a few others merely showing their work.
    The festivities begin at 8:00 a.m. with garage sales throughout the village. The museum will open its doors to visitors from 9:00 onward, featuring a special exhibit of photography by David Horst. All the art booths will be ready for business by 10:00. The serving of freshly picked strawberries begins at 11:00. For the kids or the young at heart, volunteers will help with face-painting and a painting booth from noon to 2:00.
    Beginning at 11:00, live music on the museum steps will be provided by Phil and Pam Kaufmann with Phyllis Kaufmann Horst in on the fun. At 12:00, The Generics will take over, sponsored by the TCA and performing at the TCA building at the corner of Main and Sycamore Streets.
    At 6:00, the dinner bell will ring for an evening of food and dancing at Harmon’s Lake, three miles west of Tiskilwa. The drawdown event is the TCA’s major fundraiser for the numerous activities and village improvements that they sponsor throughout the year.

    June 13th, 2015
    The Relay for Life Bee Team will have a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at TSC in Princeton. All proceeds will go to Relay for Life.
    June 13th, 2015 Garden Workshop
    Hornbaker Gardens 10 am Pruning Perennials with Jane Morris
    1 pm Basic Garden Design with Jane Morris: The basics of good garden design are the same whether a person is planning and planting a small intimate area next to the patio, or a two acre property. Learn about form, line, texture, color, repetition, contrast, focal points and more to create an outdoor space you love. Free workshop.
    LaMoille Buffalo DaysJUNE 12-13-14 2015 “I DON’T ALWAYS GO TO LAMOILLE. BUT WHEN I DO, I GO TO BUFFALO DAYS!” ...June 13th, 2015
  • Movie in the park in TiskilwaTiskilwa Community AssociationCome one, Come all....bring the whole family! The first "Movie in the Park" of 2015 Summer is sched...June 13th, 2015

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