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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

  • Here's some events in Bureau County for the weekend of Oct 31st to 11-1. October 31st, 2014
    Area Trick or Treating hours are in a separate message.
    November 1st, 2014 Veteran's Dinner
    The Buda American Legion will hold its annual veterans supper from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday in the Buda Community Hall. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for kids. There will be a full turkey dinner, raffles and fellowship.

    November 1st, 2014 Pigeon Show
    A Pigeon Show at Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W Peru St, Princeton. Free admission. See all sorts of different breeds of pigeons shown.

    November 2nd, 2014 Smorgasbord
    The St Patrick Church Altar and Rosary Society in Arlington will sponsor the annual smorgasbord and bak sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. sunday in the church hall. $8 for adults and $3 for kids under 12. Turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy and more! Tickets can be purchased at the door

    October 30th 2014Go to status update
  • Here's the local trick or treat hours - stock up on candy now!
    o The village of Arlington will hold trick or treating from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.
    o Buda will hold trick or treating from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.
    o Ladd will hold its trick or treat hours from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.
    o The village of Malden will hold trick or treating from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.
    o Manlius will hold trick or treating from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. The Manlius Fire Department will host the annual Halloween party from 7 to 8 p.m. at the fire house. A Halloween costume contest for all different age groups will be held and a lunch will be served.
    o The Mineral-Gold Fire Department will host a Halloween party starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 31. The event will include a costume contest at 7:30 p.m. for age groups 0-5, 6-10, 11-17 and 18 plus, as well as a pumpkin carving contest (bring your own pre-carved pumpkin). Food and beverages will also be available.
    o Ohio will hold trick or treating from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.
    o Princeton will hold trick or treating from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. Participating households should turn on porch and yard lights for safety.
    o Trick or treating in Sheffield will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Resident should leave a porch light on if they are participating. The Sheffield Methodist Church will again hand out treats in their parking lot as "Trunks for Treats". There will be a Halloween party at the fire station at 7 p.m. with prizes for costumes. Punch and hot dogs will be served.
    o Spring Valley will hold trick or treating from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.
    o Tiskilwa will hold trick or treating from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

    o Italvibras, 1940 Vans Way in Princeton, will offer trick or treat hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 31.
    o Liberty Village will hold trick or treating from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

    The Princeton Jaycees will hold a glow light necklace giveaway from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the Princeton Fire Department. The Jaycees will be handing out glow light necklaces in exchange for a non-perishable food item to benefit the food pantry.
    Buzz Light Year will be at the Princeton North Office of Heartland Bank tomorrow from 9am-9:45am! If you have any Trick-or-Treaters, this would be a great opportunity for a cute Halloween Photo !! I hope you can make it!! We promise to have candy too!!

    October 30th 2014Go to status update

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    Hey ghouls and guys. We want you to visit the last night of Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road Sunday night with doors opening at 7pm. Otherwise you have to wait a year to get scared again.

    October 26th 2014Go to status update

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    Pumpkin races next to Guzzardos after lunch today

    October 25th 2014Go to status update
  • The Corn Belt guys have been great help hanging many of the Barn Quilts of Bureau County

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    Many, many thanks to Corn Belt Energy and Gary, Mike, and David!

    October 24th 2014Go to status update

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    So, moving beyond our current map...Carol and Richard Haas, 25749 2600N Ave., Ohio

    October 24th 2014Go to status update
  • Here's the short version of the events in Bureau County for the 24th through the 26th of Oct. Print it out so you don't miss anything!!
    See our web page www.bureaucounty-il.com for the full event info
    Fall Luncheon -The Immaculate Conception Church fall luncheon will be held Friday with serving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Fall Family Night -St. Louis School PTO is sponsoring a Fall Family Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

    October 24th, 2014 -- October 25th, 2014 Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road Haunted Attraction at Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W Peru Street, Princeton. 7pm to 9:30 p.m.

    Safe House Animal Rescue League is hosting a Hair Ball from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday at the Bureau County Metro Center.

    A benefit in support of the Landrus family will be Oct. 25 at the Princeton Elks Lodge.
    Saturday Events-----
    Lion's Club Halloween Parade 1 p.m. Downtown Spring Valley. Echo Bluff - Fright Night Trail of Terror (or Pumpkin Patch Trail for the youngsters) & Ghostly Paintball 6:30 to 10:00.

    Halloween Hustle 5k Walk/Run - 9 a.m. at Ladd Grade School.
    The annual Hall Ringneck Pheasant Youth Hunt will be held at Hickory Grove Hunt Club.

    Scarecrow Days in downtown Princeton. Fall shopping specials and lots of scarecrows along Main street. 11 a.m. Costume Contest and Parade at Soldier and Sailors Park. 12:00
    Pumpkin Races on Marion St, 1-3 p.m. Pumpkins in the Pool at the Metro Center. The Prairie Arts council will offer free kids crafts, face painting and refreshments from 1-4 p.m. at the Prairie Arts Center, 24 Park Ave E. 3-5 p.m. Trunk or Treat at the Metro Center Parking Lot. 5 p.m. Helicopter Candy Drop and Fireworks at Hundred Acres Orchard.

    A Quarter Auction fundraiser will be held Saturday at the Princeton Moose Lodge, 1339 N. Euclid Ave. in Princeton. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

    The Honey Dewdrops, from the Blue Ridge foothills, will make their first appearance at The Princeton Coffeehouse. 7:30 p.m.

    The Sauk Trail Gun Collectors Show & Sale will be held at Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W Peru St, Princeton on Sat. & Sunday - Doors open 8:30 a.m. each day.

    Sunday
    The Ladd Recreation Board will sponsor a Halloween costume parade and party from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. parade will line up at 11:45 a.m. in North Central Bank's parking lot and proceed south on Main Street to Ladd's Community Center where hot dogs, chips and cookies will be served to the children.

    Christian Concert - The Kramers will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Walnut Community Bible Church. There will be a dinner at 6 p.m.
    The First United Methodist Church, 316 S Church St in Princeton will hold a Trunk or Treat from 2-4 p.m.

    One more night has been added for Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road - Sunday, Oct 26th with doors opening at 7 p.m. Your last chance to get scared for 2014!

    October 24th 2014Go to status update

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    It's next Friday ! Princeton friends, can you help me spread the word ? Please? -- with Kelly Zupec and 21 others.

    October 23rd 2014Go to status update
  • There are a ton of activities this Saturday and Sunday in Bureau county - please read the whole list and participate when you can! Ashton's Hike
    A benefit in support of the Landrus family is being planned for Oct. 25 at the Princeton Elks Lodge. Their son Ashton spent several weeks in the hospital and the family has a lot of medical expenses. There will be a live band, taco bar and live/silent auctions. Ashton's aunt, Beth Ann Wyatt, is spearheading the event.
    The monies raised will assist the family in getting back to their normal life. Donations can be made to Central Bank in Princeton for the Landrus family.

    October 25th, Lion's Club Halloween Parade 1 p.m. Downtown Spring Valley. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. St. Margaret's Billing Parking Lot. Participants will parade to Mini-Park

    October 25th, 2014 Fright Night Trail of Terror (or Pumpkin Patch Trail for the youngsters) & Ghostly Paintball Attack, $5 each Per Living Soul; Children Under 6 Free. 6:30 - 10 p.m. Details at FRIGHT NIGHT www.echobluff.org

    October 25th, 2014 Bake Sale. The Ladies of St. George Orthodox Church in Spring Valley will hold their annual fall bake sale from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 25 in the church hall, 212 E. Minnesota St. Lebanese and Greek pastries will be featured along with American fare. To order ahead, 815-223-7317 or 815-663-5451 on or before Oct. 25.

    October 25th, 2014 A Quarter Auction fundraiser will be held Saturday at the Princeton Moose Lodge, 1339 N. Euclid Ave. in Princeton. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for a chicken buffet and the auction will start at 7 p.m. The cost of the buffet is $8.95. The first 50 guests to the quarter auction will receive a free gift. The event will also include a 50/50 and raffles. All proceeds will benefit Moose charities.

    October 25th, 2014 Princeton Coffeehouse
    The Honey Dewdrops, from the Blue Ridge foothills, will make their first appearance at The Princeton Coffeehouse. Their down-to-earth, real-life approach to music has touched audiences broadly and brought them to high profile stages such as A Prairie Home Companion and gained them Folk Radio notoriety with two #1 albums.

    The Princeton Coffeehouse has been host to some of North America's best acoustic musicians for 20 years. Located at Open Prairie UCC Church in the rural community of Princeton, The Coffeehouse is an intimate venue notable for its diverse calendar. Shows are held monthly, typically on the 4th Saturday, except for the months of June, July & December. All performances begin at 7:30 PM, with doors opening at 7:00 PM, at 25 E. Marion St., Princeton, Illinois.

    October 25th, 2014 Pheasants Forever
    The annual Hall Ringneck Pheasant Youth Hunt will be held at Hickory Grove Hunt Club. Call Eric to register at 815-646-4844

    October 25th, 2014 Scarecrow Days in downtown Princeton. Fall shopping specials and lots of scarecrows along Main street. 11 a.m. Costume Contest and Parade at Soldier and Sailors Park. 12:00 Pumpkin Races on Marion St, 1-3 p.m. Pumpkins in the Pool at the Metro Center. The Prairie Arts council will offer free kids crafts, face painting and refreshments from 1-4 p.m. at the Prairie Arts Center, 24 Park Ave E. 3-5 p.m. Trunk or Treat at the Metro Center Parking Lot. 5 p.m. Helicopter Candy Drop and Fireworks at Hundred Acres Orchard. Haunted Attraction, Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road from 7 pm til 9:30 p.m. at Bureau Co Fairgrounds.

    October 25th, 2014 -- October 26th, 2014 The Sauk Trail Gun Collectors Show & Sale will be held at Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W Peru St, Princeton on Sat. & Sunday - Doors open 8:30 a.m. each day. Buy, Sell, Trade. Free parking, concessions in building.

    October 25th, 2014 Pumpkin Race The Optimist Club of Princeton will host the third annual Pumpkin Races at noon Saturday, Oct. 25 in downtown Princeton. Dick Volker is calling on people of all ages, from all over the county and beyond, to pick out their perfect pumpkin and get it ready for this smashing event.

    Similar to a soap box derby, the pumpkin races will feature all shapes and sizes as the pumpkin cars are raced down the track to see who has built this year's fastest pumpkin. The race tracks will be set up on the corner of Main and Marion streets, between the Clark House and Brandy's Hallmark Store.

    The entry fee is three canned goods for each pumpkin entry, which will be donated to the Bureau County Food Pantry. Participants are welcome to enter as many racers as they wish. In the past two years, this event has been able to raise close to 300 pounds of food for the local pantry. There will be $10 given to the winner of each heat. The person with the best decorated pumpkin will also receive $10.

    A referee will be on site to make sure each pumpkin entered into the race is playing fair and square. If a pumpkin doesn't meet the qualifications for the race, it will be deemed a "cheater pumpkin" and will be smashed by the police officer with his heavy-duty mallet. Rules include: No motors on pumpkins; real pumpkins only can be entered; wheel axles must go through the pumpkin; and no extra weight can be added to the pumpkin. Wheels and axles can be purchased at Walmart, Gustafson Ace Hardware, Tractor Supply Co. or by calling 815-303-8396. Halloween costumes are encouraged at this event.

    October 25th, 2014 Halloween Hustle 5k Walk/Run - 9 a.m. at Ladd Grade School. Race sponsored by the Ladd Community Education & Enrichment Foundation to benefit Ladd Grade School.

    October 26th, 2014 Halloween Party The Ladd Recreation Board will sponsor a Halloween costume parade and party from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Children and grandchildren of Ladd residents are invited to participate. The parade will line up at 11:45 a.m. in North Central Bank's parking lot and proceed south on Main Street to Ladd's Community Center where hot dogs, chips and cookies will be served to the children. Halloween-themed activities and treats are planned. In case of inclement weather, all activities will be held inside the Community Center.

    October 26th, 2014 Christian concert The Kramers will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Walnut Community Bible Church. There will be a dinner at 6 p.m. A love offering will be received. The Kramers are a family music group featuring Christian music. They are based in central Illinois and travel throughout the country sharing their music.

    October 26th, 2014 Trunk or Treat
    The First United Methodist Church, 316 S Church St in Princeton will hold a Trunk or Treat from 2-4 p.m. All kids are invited to come in their costumes and get treats in the pariking lot. For more info call 872-2821. Costume contest, photo booth, face painting and more!

    Oct 24- October 26th, 2014 Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road
    One more night has been added for Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road - Sunday, Oct 26th with doors opening at 7 p.m. Your last chance to get scared for 2014!

    October 23rd 2014Go to status update

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    BCUW Board of Director's Hold's 1st Celebrity Trivia Night on Saturday, November 8th @ @[345158532173415:274:Princeton Elks Lodge]! EVERY ROUND HAS A WINNER! Call BCUW office to register @ 815-872-0821! Proceeds go to support the 14 health and human service agencies in Bureau County!

    October 21st 2014Go to status update

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    Stop by and see your friends tonight at Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road until 9:30 PM.

    October 19th 2014Go to status update

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    Spending our day today at the Illinois Corn Pickers Reunion in Walnut, IL! Watching farmers pick corn like they did 50 years ago. Really cool event!

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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