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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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    Kathy Schultz Costerisan
    Remember today you can still go to Albrecht's grove for Old Fashioned Threshun' Days, Sunset Ridge for motorcross, Verucchi's for their 100th birthday celebration and cap it all off with the Princeton Community Band concert at 6 pm.

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    Sheffield IL's - Music On Main
    Beautiful day for Music on Main in downtown Sheffield! Audio drive, Cal Stage band, great food, cold beer and lots of fun! Free kids admission and bounce house. free kids water battles. Free kids, teens and adults pedal pull. Free pie eating contest with $100 prize! Support the raffle all proceeds go right back to the community!

    July 19th 2014Go to status update

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    Head up to Albrecht's grove just south of Ohio and go the the Old Fashiun' Threshing Days - Sat. & Sunday. See how the farm work was done long ago. Music, flea market, threshing demo's and much more. Fun for young and old alike.

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    Kathy Schultz Costerisan
    What a great day for the Z Tour bike ride. Hundreds of people from several different states enjoyed riding through scenic Bureau County. Great Job Brian Church!

    July 19th 2014Go to status update

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    Lots and lots of bikers coming to Spring Valley Saturday for Uncle Steweys Bikers for Ta-Ta's fundraiser.

    July 19th 2014Go to status update
  • Music on Main is this SATURDAY! Main Street in Sheffield.
    Timeline of Events:
    4:30pm: Fierce kids water battles at the fire station
    5:00pm: Gate opens, food and beer vendors open, kids bounce house
    5:30pm: Sign up for kids, teens, AND adults pedal tractor pull
    6:00pm: Audio Drive takes the stage
    6:30pm: Pedal tractor pull contest located near South Gate
    8:30pm: Pie eating contest on the main stage
    9:00pm-Midnight: Cal Stage Band

    July 17th 2014Go to status update

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    Do you have plans for this weekend? Music on Main! Saturday night in downtown Sheffield. Live Music, Cold Beer, Great Food. Featuring Audio Drive and Cal Stage. Kids 12 and under free admission and includes bounce house, kids, teens AND adult pedal tractor pull, pie eating contest, water battles at the fire station. Tons of fun, come check it out! $6 admission

    July 17th 2014Go to status update


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  • Big Buck Archery in support of St. Jude Runs announced it will host their Inaugural 3D Charity Shoot from 9a-8p on both Friday July 24 and Saturday, July 25 at Time on the Water Outdoors at 515 S. Spalding St. in Spring Valley. All proceeds benefit the life-saving work of St. Jude Runs.

    The family friendly event will feature food, a 20 target 3D money shoot, a 100 yard 50/50 shoot, an outdoor pop up shoot, music, a vendor fair and prize drawings.

    St. Jude Runs is a is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and their mission to find cures for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases through research and treatment despite a family's ability to pay.

    For additional information about the event, contact Darrell at Big Buck Archery by phone at 815-663-1000, email at info@timeonthewateroutdoors.com or visit http://www.timeonthewateroutdoors.com/events

    July 16th 2014Go to status update
  • You can start early on Saturday and have fun all day in Bureau County. -- On Saturday, July 19, 2013, the Zearing Child Enrichment Center will again be sponsoring the "Z Tour Bike Ride", a bicycle road ride originating in Princeton and including surrounding
    communities. The event will begin at Zearing Park, Princeton, IL, and will include the registrant's choice of a 10 mile, 29 mile, 40 mile, 50 mile, 62 mile and 100 mile ride on specified routes throughout Bureau County.
    The Z Tour Bike Ride will feature themed refreshment stops, mobile emergency first aid, water, air, and bike transportation. At the conclusion of the ride, each rider will be provided a complimentary lunch at Zearing Park. You can sign up at the ride - just bring a bike and a helmet!

    July 19th, 2014 -- July 20th, 2014 Ol Fashioned Threshun' Days - Ohio. The Bureau Valley Antique Club 37th Annual "Ol' Fashun Treshun Days" at 9:00am. Albrecht Grove, Ohio, IL 2 Miles South of Ohio, IL. or 8 Miles North of Princeton, IL. then 3/4 Mile West. Flea Market, Craft Show, Parade on Grounds, Threshing Wheat 11 a.m. & 2:30p.m. Saw Mill, Petting Zoo. Pork Chop supper Sat. 5 p.m.; Sunday pancake & sausage breakfast 6:30 - 10 a.m. Tractor pull at noon with River Bend Antique Tractor pullers. Saturday and Sunday. Music - Saturday 11-5:00 - DJ Paul Rogert - old time country; 5:30 - 7 p.m. Jack Ness, one man band For info call Ray 815-498-2013 $4 admission

    July 19th, 2014
    Bikers for Ta-Tas" Rally; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Uncle Stewy's Roadhouse! 225 E. St. Paul Street, Spring Valley, IL 61362 Bikers for Ta-Tas is a committee steered not-for-profit organization highlighted by a fund raising motorcycle run for Breast Cancer. Visit: www.bikersforta-tas.com for details. www.unclestewysroadhouse.com 815.663.1100

    Verucchi's Ristorante 100th Anniversary!
    18th - Fish & Chips and Mama's Combo
    19th - Special birthday dinner prepared by Chef Bruce Yerly, $19.14
    20th - THE OUTSIDE PARTY - Food & Beverage tents Noon - 8 p.m.
    Children's games and face painting, Noon - 4 p.m.
    Music by Rick Soens, Noon - 3 p.m.
    Music by Ella Noise, 4 - 8 p.m. (Featuring Relatives Carlos Verucchi and Doug DeSerf)
    INSIDE - Spaghetti dinner, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Regular menu not available)
    Fried chicken available in the Carryout, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    July 19th, 2014
    Music on Main - Sheffield
    Sheffield's Music on Main, 6pm-12:00 , held on Main St. under the big tent. Beer, wine, local food, and of course, GREAT music.
    KIDS WATER FIGHTS 4:30pm at the Fire Dept! Age groups are 5-6 7-8 9-10 11-12 year olds.
    Afterwards, head over to Music on Main and support the firemen's food stand serving italian beef and pulled pork sandwiches all night. Firemen are raising funds for a much needed brush truck.
    Also, Firemen sponsored Golf Outing is September 6th! Let's help them reach their fundraising goal this year!

    The Western High School Class of 1974 will hold its 40th class reunion this weekend. On July 18 there will be a get together at Red's Bar and Grill downtown Sheffield for anyone arriving early. A meet and greet will begin at 7 p.m. On July 19, the class will meet at 8 p.m. at Brother's pub with Windjam to perform at 10 p.m. No reservations required.


    Sunday July 20th, 2014
    Sunset Ridge Motorcross Track - Walnut, IL Racer X Motorcross Motorcyle Race
    Sunday -- The Princeton Veterans Group invites all veterans and their families to a free cookout at 1 p.m. July 20 at City-County Park, just north of Princeton. You need not be a member of the Princeton Veterans Group to attend.

    The Princeton Community Band will present a concert on Sunday, July 20 in Soldiers and Sailors Park in Princeton at 6:00 p.m. Featured will be Phil Kaufmann singing Gershwin's "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'" from Porgy and Bess, as well as "At a Dixieland Funeral" with Dixieland Combo: Gene Montgomery, clarinet; Zach Taylor, trumpet; Tim Harris, trombone; Mitch Campbell, tuba; Aaron Nelson, drum set.
    Three more brand new pieces on the bill include selections from "Les Miserables," "The Best of Mancini" (The Pink Panther, Baby Elephant Walk, The Sweetheart Tree, Peter Gunn) and "Grand Canyon Suite" by Ferde Grofé. The concert is free, lawn chairs are suggested, and refreshments will be available for purchase.




    Bikers For Ta-tas - Breast Cancer Awareness Ride
    www.bftt.org
    To Ride and Raise money each year to benefit Breast Health Services and Mobile Mammography. Bikers for Ta-Tas breast cancer awareness, screenings and treatment in Central Illinois and beyond~

    July 16th 2014Go to status update
  • Thursday and Friday events in Bureau County include lots of great music!
    July 17th, 2014
    The Village of DePue will have Community Band Concert at the DePue Lake Park Shelter at 7 p.m. along with an ice cream social.

    July 18th, 2014
    SV Municipal Band Concerts - Downtown Outdoors Mini-Park, 100 Block of E. St. Paul Street, Spring Valley, IL 61362, 7:30 p.m.(7 p.m. start on July 25th) Limited seating.Bring your own lawn chair. Free July 18th & 25th

    July 18th, 2014
    Festival 56 Friday Night Cabarets through August 1st, 2014, Grace Performing Arts Center, Main St, Princeton. Tickets: Advance Tickets - $8, At the Door - $10 Join us each Friday night for live musical performances and a nightcap at the Grace after the curtain goes down on Friday nights

    July 18th, 2014
    Lunch in the Park across from the courthouse in Princeton. Lunch will be served every Friday through Sept. by different organizations in Soldiers & Sailors Park. Weather permitting.

    July 18th, 2014
    Bluegrass Jam The monthly bluegrass, gospel and country music jam will be held at the First Lutheran church in Princeton from 6-10 p.m. Friday. For info call 875-2057 Free admission. Players and listeners are welcome.

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    Tiskilwa Community Association
    Movie in the Park is this Saturday!!!! "Wreck it Ralph" will be showing at approximately 8:30 p.m. In case of rain, we will reschedule. Water and popcorn provided!Rodeo applications are due by July 21st! If you would like one, please visit any business in Tiskilwa. The ladies of the Community Church would like you to know that they will be serving lunch following the Pow Wow Day parade on Saturday, August 2nd. Lots of goodies will be available. Stop on by!!I have a lot of announcements coming up for Pow Wow Days. For example: Grandma Rosie's will be back with the ice cream stand!!! Not only that, but they will be supplying the ice cream for the Ice Cream Eating Contest!!!! Wow!!!! Make sure to stay tuned and share these announcements so that all may come visit us in the Gem of the Valley July 31 - August 2!!!Thanks for your continued support!!!

    July 15th 2014Go to status update

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.

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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.

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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