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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


    Kathy Schultz Costerisan
    Stop at the Presbyterian church tonight for ice cream social and and auction to benefit the BC Health &Wellness Clinic. 5pm start. Ribeyes and bbq sandwiches too.

    August 16th 2014Go to status update
  • Great news the dog (Wally) in the accident has been found!

    Tri-County Humane Society
    Wally has been found he made it too Princeton and an officer picked him he was brought in to animal control...his owners picked him up shortly after ....he is on his way to the vet ....Yaaaaay !!!! : )

    August 16th 2014Go to status update
  • If you see him, please contact the below phone number. Lost near I80 & I180.

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    ( THIS IS A SHARE....THE AREA ON 180/80 IS JUST OFF RTE 6 PLEASE CALL ME 815-875-1150 LEAVE A MESSAGE THE ACCIDENT WAS ON THURS NITE )........ My sister's son was in a car accident on the ramp of 180 and 80 last nite. He will be ok. Their dog was also in the car but ran away. We haven't been able to find him. Please let me know if you see or hear anything about him. His name is Wally and he's wearing a bandana. Thank you.

    August 16th 2014Go to status update

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    SAVE THE DATE! I'll be at HORNBAKER GARDENS SEPTEMBER 6th with new pottery and my wheel for you to try! (THE STORE WILL BE CLOSED). GREAT EVENT TO ATTEND! -- at Hornbaker Gardens.

    August 16th 2014Go to status update
  • This weekend is town wide garage sales in Buda! Some are starting today and some will be tomorrow. The Rescue Unit will be having a lunch stand on Saturday, on the corner of Main Street and Depot Street (right next to the fire station). Come search for treasures and while you are at it stop and have lunch with us. Hope to see you all there.
    August 15th 2014Go to status update
  • Don't Miss the '14 Fair - August 20-24th. Enjoy the pictures of past fairs.

    Bureau County Fair
    Don't Miss the '14 Fair - August 20-24th. Enjoy the pictures of past fairs.

    August 15th 2014Go to status update
  • Don't miss the great music, ice cream and sandwiches at the Presbyterian Church fundraiser Ice Cream Social for the Bureau County Health and Wellness Clinic Saturday night starting at 5 p.m. There will be auction items including seed, art work, pies and a huge picnic table on wheels. Corner of S. Euclid and Park Ave in Princeton.

    August 15th 2014Go to status update
  • Here's the fun events happening Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 & 17th. Bring the kids to the Wizards' Wonder Faire - Princeton Public Library, 698 East Peru Street Princeton, Saturday, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - A celebration of the magical worlds of children's literature, from Narnia to Oz, from Harry Potter to Alice. Arts and crafts, food stalls, children's activities, fun-house, music stage (and Wizard of Oz Sing-Off), storytelling, potions class.

    The library hopes to revive the spirit of the former Festival 9 3/4 with a new event celebrating the whole realm of magical or fantastic children's literature. The event will feature vendors and artisans, children's activities, food stands, a fun house, storytelling, demonstrations and music. At 6:30 p.m. there will be a "Wizard of Oz" sing-off in honor of its 75th anniversary since its release. Participants will perform a favorite Oz-relate song or dialogue from an Oz musical. Singers must provide a karaoke CD or own instrumental accompaniment. To sign up, visit the library, call 815-875-1331, ext. 2213, or email by 6 p.m. Aug. 15. Contact Information- Ron McCutchan

    Ice Cream Social & fundraiser for Health Clinic
    The First Presbyterian Church of Princeton is hosting its eighth annual ice cream social this Saturday, Aug. 16. The event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on the front lawn of the church, located at 320 Park Ave. East.

    There will be live and silent auctions with items ranging from all shapes, sizes and price ranges -- theme gift baskets, gift cards, original artwork, baked goods, jewelry, corn and soybean seed, baseball tickets to the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs, a portable hand-built picnic table constructed by 15-year-old Luke Schultz of Princeton and much more.

    Silent auction bids will be accepted from 5 to 7:15 p.m. The live auction begins at 7:30 p.m. Several local gospel musicians will be performing throughout the evening, and there will also be children's activities. The menu includes: Grilled ribeye and barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, home-baked cookies and Grandma Rosie's ice cream.

    All proceeds of the event will be donated to the Bureau County Health and Wellness Clinic, which provides low cost health care to Bureau County residents who are uninsured, underinsured or who cannot find a primary physician.

    Princeton's Farmers Market will be held on the corner of Elm Place and Main St. Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Tuesdays 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. We should have plenty of red raspberries, tomatoes, muskmelon (cantaloupe) and watermelon. We'll also bring some blackberries, potatoes, pepper (ripe, green, and hot) eggplant, and squash.

    August 16th, 2014 Cookout Sullivans
    The Bureau Valley Buddy bags will hold a cookout from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Sullivan's, N Main St, Princeton. They will be serving pork chop sandwiches, brats, hot dogs, chips.

    Draw Down
    Princeton Buddy Bags will host a "Back to School" drawdown Aug. 16 at the Princeton Elks Lodge. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $40 each and include dinner for two. Only 200 tickets will be sold. Dinner will be served from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Prizes will include $500, $250 and $125. Live music will be provided by 212.

    August 17th, 2014 Ice Cream Social
    The Malden United Methodist Church will host its annual ice cream social from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the church at 324 Main St. in Malden. The menu will consist of barbeque sandwiches, brats, hot dogs, chips, veggie tray, pie and ice cream

    August 17th, 2014 Pancake Breakfast
    The Malden Fire Department will hold its annual pancake and sausage breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Malden firehouse. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for ages 5-12 and free for preschool and under. Also on the 17th The Malden United Methodist Church will host its annual ice cream social from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the church at 324 Main St. in Malden. The menu will consist of barbecue sandwiches, brats, hot dogs, chips, veggie tray, pie and ice cream.

    August 17th, 2014 Rips Fundraiser
    Ladd American Legion Auxiliary Post 938 will hold a chicken dinner fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Rip's in Ladd. The donation is $7 and choices will be light, dark and strips; drinks will be extra. There will also be a bake sale, 50/50 drawing and flag raffle. Carry-outs are available at the front door by calling 815-894-3051 and home delivery is available in Ladd. Tickets are available at the door or from any Auxiliary member

    August 12th 2014Go to status update

    Arlington Illinois
    ARLINGTON SAUSAGEFEST T SHIRTS ARE HERE!Pre orders, employees, and the general public can stop by the Arlington Fire station tonight until 7:00pm for pick up tonight or stop by SausageFest Saturday.First come, First Serve! T shirts $15.00Tanks $15.00Koozies $3.00Aprons $20.00See ya all Saturday!

    August 9th 2014Go to status update

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    Only 5 days away...The countdown is on for SausageFest!

    August 4th 2014Go to status update

  • Manlius Color Dash Race
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    August 3rd 2014Go to status update
  • Please like our Bureau County Tourism page and share with your friends! We have hundreds of events for you and your family to participate in. Here's Friday and Saturday's events. Here's the weekend events for Bureau County (Sunday is in a separate post)
    July 31st, 2014 -- August 3rd, 2014

    Pow Wow Days in Tiskilwa has a parade at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 5k race at 8 a.m. Saturday, food stands, church-sponsored lunches, historical tours, antique automobiles in the car show at the Historical Society, class reunions Sat night, kids games, beer gardens and many other events.

    The Women of the Tiskilwa Community Church will be serving lunch on Aug. 2 at the Tiskilwa Community Church for Pow Wow Days. Lunch will begin immediately after the parade until 1 p.m. Rag rugs, table runners, place mats, dish cloths, vanilla and cookbooks will be sold. Dave Horst will have a photography exhibit in the Tiskilwa Library during Pow Wow Days

    August 2nd, 2014 Pow Wow Days 5K race in Tiskilwa The race is to bring people together and raise money for a scholarship fund. The fourth annual Tiskilwa Pow Wow Days 5K will be at 8 a.m. Aug. 2. Check-in and registration will begin at 6:45 a.m. at the East Park shelter.

    August 2nd, 2014 Manlius 2nd Annual Color Race 5K Fun Run/Walk. Registration at Bureau Valley High School at 6:0 a.m. Race begins at 8 a.m. All ages invited to participate. Run through Manlius and be splashed with colors during the race. See for race sign up

    August 2nd, 2014 Manlius Fun Day. We will have a 5K Color Race/Walk & parade in the morning, Kids games & food served by Fire dept. at the park after parade, Fish Fry at Sportsman Club, Historical Bank Building open for viewing, Rolle Bolle tournament, Music on Main in the evening featuring Rodeo Drive at 8 p.m.

    The Manlius Day parade will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 2. This year's theme is Happy. Lineup will begin at 10 a.m. at Bureau Valley High School. To submit an entry, call Joe at 815-445-2323.
    Duck Pluck at the Historical Society at 11 a.m. Tours from 9 to 3 p.m.
    Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold its annual ice cream social from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at the church, 202 S. Fourth St., Manlius. For more information, call the church office at 815-445-2073.

    August 2nd, 2014 Princeton's Farmers Market will be held on the corner of Elm Place and Main St. Saturdays fom 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Tuesdays 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Community day - August 19th with handmade items from local crafters, live music and nutrition workshops.

    August 2nd, 2014 Sweet Corn sale
    The Princeton Optimist Club is selling sweet corn in the parking lot in the 500 block of North Main Street in Princeton for $4 a dozen. Proceeds will go to help finance activities such as Princeton Youth Baseball and Softball, Princeton Youth Soccer, JFL, the annual Easter egg hunt, Halloween parade, pumpkin races and many other youth activities.

    August 2nd, 2014 Community coffee
    The First United Church of Christ in Sheffield will host its monthly community coffee from 7 to 10 a.m. Aug. 2 in the U.C.C. Parish. Fresh-baked cinnamon rolls will be served.

    August 2nd, 2014 Turkey Shoot
    The Joe Myer Park turkey shoot fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 2. Participants should bring their shotgun and/or .22-caliber rifle. Shells will be provided. Food, pop, water and raffles will be available. There will be turkey, ham, money and splatter boards. Joe Myer Park is located at 16700 2625 East St., Princeton, 6 miles east of Princeton on Route 6, then north 2 miles. Rain date is Aug. 9.

    August 2nd, 2014 Mineral Pride Museum
    The Mineral Pride Museum is open the first Saturday of the month from noon to 3 p.m. Or by appointment by calling Nancy Nanninga at 309-288-5371

    August 2nd, 2014
    The United Pentecostal Reach program will host a cookout from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Wyanet Locker. They will be serving ribeyes, butterfly chops, pork burgers, brats, hot dogs, chips and soda.

    August 2nd 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