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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.

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News & Announcements

  • Here's what items you will be able to find at the Farmers Market in Princeton On Saturday.
    In case you haven’t heard, we will be opening for the season 8:30 a.m. Saturday in our brand new location, 439 S. Main St., Princeton!

    Here is a list of produce that will be available at our GRAND OPENING:

    Lettuce, leaf
    Whole wheat breads
    Rye breads
    White breads
    Sweet rolls
    Table onions
    Apple pies
    Herbs (potted & fresh cut)
    Willows (decorative branches, trees & shrubs)
    Fresh & dried flowers
    Green garlic
    Stinging nettle
    Garlic chives
    The market’s regular season hours will be Tuesday 3:00-6:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. through October.

    Hope to see ya there!
    May 22nd, 2015
  • Here's some weekend events in Bureau County -
    Friday May 22nd, 2015
    The 2015 season of Lunch in the Park kicks off Friday,at Princeton’s Soldiers and Sailors Park. (weather permitting). Open Prairie Church will be serving sloppy joes, hot dogs, coleslaw and drinks from 11 to 1 p.m.
    Bake sale (Friday), from 11-1, at Soldiers and Sailors Park in Princeton! Princeton Bible Church will be serving delicious baked goods to raise funds for their June mission trip to Guatemala. Please come out and enjoy some tasty homemade treats!

    May 23rd, 2015 Princeton Coffeehouse
    The Princeton Coffeehouse will present Minnesota folksinger, country blues musician and humorist “Spider” John Koerner at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the Open Prairie UCC, 25 E. Marion St., Princeton. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $15. Homemade desserts and fair trade coffee will be available. For more information, visit or call 815-872-6501.

    May 23rd, 2015 Farmer's Market
    Princeton’s Farmers Market kick off Saturday in the Frontier lot next to the Prouty Building. 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open for the season on Saturdays and on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    May 24th, 2015 Psycho Silo Saloon Bike Run
    Psycho Silo Saloon Grand Opening Bike Run, Sunday, May 24 at 10:00am. Psycho Silo Saloon in Langley, Illinois (intersection of Rt. 6 and Rt. 40 near Sheffield.
    The Psycho Silo Saloon At Rt 6 and Rt 40 is built inside a grain storage silo. One of a kind- This is the Grand Opening Weekend!

    May 25th, 2015 Memorial Day
    Memorial Day should not be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering those who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military personnel and veterans.

    May 25th, 2015 Memorial Day Cemetery Anniversary
    Memorial Day re-dedication ceremony at Mount Bloom Cemetery for 150th anniversary At 11 a.m. Monday, May 25, the Friends of Mount Bloom will host a special community event near the gazebo at the crest of the southeast entrance of Mount Bloom Cemetery in Tiskilwa.

    The Mount Bloom program will follow the American Legion’s traditional Memorial Day commemoration, which begins at 10 a.m. in the East Park. Attendees may drive and park on any of the cemetery roads or FOMB is working on providing wagon rides for those who’d rather leave their cars at the East Park. Of course, the newly restored steps are also available for those wanting to park in the Lynn Hultine field at bottom of the hill and make the symbolic trek up the steps on foot.

    The celebration has been several years in the making. After a wind storm destroyed the cemetery’s “Waiting Room” in 2007, local residents formed a committee to replace the 1897 building with another structure and also to restore several steps and handrails on the stairway. Through the generosity of “Tiskilwa people” from throughout the United States, as well as local volunteers, FOMB completed the stairway restoration, erected a gazebo in the location of the destroyed building and, at the bottom of the steps, installed an archway that is a facsimile of the metal arch early 20th century.

    The 20-minute program will include the presentation of three memorial plaques: one above the gazebo entranceway, one inside the gazebo, and one that will later be installed at the bottom of the steps. Refreshments will be hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary, Tiskilwa Historical Society and Friends of Mount Bloom.
    - The Princeton CoffeehouseMay 22nd, 2015
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  • Get geared up for the weekend - you won't go hungry - lots of great events with Food too - Here are the events in Bureau County from Friday through May 18th.
    May 15th, 2015 Bluegrass Jam
    A bluegrass, country and gospel music jam will be held at the First Lutheran Church in Princeton from 6-10 p.m. Friday. Players and listeners are welcome. For info call 875-2057.

    May 15th, 2015 Dance at the Moose
    The Princeton Moose Lodge will have a dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 15, with music by The Generics. The dining room will serve from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Guests are invited.

    May 16th, 2015 Stuff your Trunk sale
    Got stuff to sell? Bring it to Bureau County Fairgrounds Sat. May 16th and you can sell for only $20 for an outside space. Fill up your trunk and bring it to the fairgrounds. Admission $1. Food and inside spaces available too. Call 815-303-2905 for more information

    May 16th, 2015 Cookout
    This Saturday, May 16 from 11-1 come on out to 106 S. Main (Bullington-Isaacson and Princeton Siding and Windows) for PCA Pork Burger Cookout and while you're there, register for the Eagle Run 5K and 10k! See you then!

    May 16th, 2015 Cookout Sullivans
    The Bureau Valley Buddy Bags will hold a cookout from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Sullivan’s in Princeton. They will be serving pork chop sandwiches, brats, hot dogs, chips, water and soda.

    May 16th, 2015 Prairie Arts Exhibit
    The Prairie Arts Center will present “Meet Mary Cassatt, an American artist,” Saturday, May 16, at the Prairie Arts Center. The brunch and program will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Brunch will be served promptly at 11 a.m. on the lawn of the Prairie Arts Center followed by the Mary Cassatt program in the auditorium. Brunch will be provided by Four and Twenty Café and Flour House Bakery of Princeton. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Price of ticket includes brunch and program. Seating is limited. All tickets must be reserved in advance by calling 815-875-2787 or 309-872-3503. Tickets can be picked up at the Arts Center on Wednesdays, May 6 and 13, between 10 a.m. and noon.

    May 16th, 2015 Benefit
    A benefit for Levi Dillion Karrow, the son of David and Kathy Karrow of Amana, Iowa, formerly of Walnut, will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Walnut Community Building on Main Street. There will be silent auctions, a 50/50 and raffles. At 4 p.m., pulled pork sandwiches with chips, coleslaw and a beverage will be available for $7 for adults and $5 for children under 10 years old. Pop and water will be sold for $1. An antique organ will be auctioned live at 7:30 p.m.

    May 18th, 2015 Rips Fundraiser
    The Red Devil Touchdown Club will host its annual Rip’s fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 18, at Rip’s Tavern in Ladd. Chicken and fries will be available for $8. There will also be raffles, a 50/50 and a bake sale. All proceeds benefit the Red Devil football programs for all age groups.

    May 19th, 2015 Bingo at the Moose
    The Princeton Moose Lodge will host a bingo night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Doors will open at 5 p.m. and sandwiches will be available for purchase. The lodge will continue to host bingo the first and third Tuesday of each month. The lodge is at 1339 N. Euclid Ave. in Princeton. For more information, call the lodge at 815-879-5261.
    May 14th, 2015
  • Happy Mother's Day (a little early). Here's some fun things to do with your Mom this weekend in Bureau County!
    The Wyanet Community Club will host a cookout from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Wyanet Locker. The menu will be ribeyes, butterfly chops, pork burgers, brats, hot dogs, chips and pop.
    Or you can eat at the cookout to benefit Autism Awareness from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the TSC parking lot in Princeton. Ribeye sandwiches are $6 and pork burgers are $3. The cost includes chips and a drink. There will also be a bake sale and bike safety demonstration.

    Then you can buy her some plants...Illinois Valley Herb Guild will have a plant sale and Garden Fair at St. Bede’s Gym from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Selling herbs, plants, pottery, jewelry and gardening accessories.

    Bureau Valley School will have a plant sale May 9th & 16th from 8 a.m. to noon, 9154 2124 N Ave, Manlius, IL in the greenhouse behind the high school.

    Then on Saturday night you can play some games at the Walnut Community Bible Church which will host a Trivia night in support of a mission group going to Romania. Doors open 6 p.m. $10 per person. Call 815-379-9394 for info
    May 8th, 2015
  • Happy National Tourism Week!
    Travel is adventure.
    Travel is family bonding.
    Travel is serious business.
    Travel is more than just fun.
    Travel is creating American jobs.
    Travel is essential to our economy and our lives.
    Thank you for traveling to Illinois!
    May 4th, 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