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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

  • Boats line the shore of Lake DePue for testing of their equipment for the 2015 USTS Pro National Championships. Racing begins at noon Friday and Saturday and 12:30 on Sunday. Bring your lawn chair for an exciting race weekend!July 30th, 2015
  • Here's some events starting Friday in Bureau County. July 31st, 2015 -- August 1st, 2015

    Cherry Celebration Days - The Cherry Booster Club and Cherry Fire Department will host Celebration Days in Cherry on Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1. Friday’s events will include a beer garden, food by Stone Jug BBQ and Cruzin’ Concessions and music by Meerkat Mobsters from 8 to 11 p.m.

    On Saturday, there will be a bag tournament at 1 p.m., a car show beginning at 3 p.m., a smoke show by The Car Fire Exhibition Show and music by Old As Dirt from 8 to 11 p.m. The car show is in dedication to the “Hometown Heroes,” all military veterans.

    July 31st, 2015
    Lunch served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Soldiers and Sailors Park in Princeton. Pork burgers, hot dogs, brats and more.

    Festival 56 will present the madcap golf comedy, “The Fox on the Fairway,” July 29-Aug. 2 at the Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main St. in Princeton. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, Thursday, July 30, Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2. Tickets are available at the Festival 56 Box Office (open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday), by calling 815-879-5656 or online at www.festival56.com. Tickets are $29, $26 for seniors and $14 for students under 18. A late-night cabaret will be at 10 p.m. July 31. Cabaret tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

    SV Municipal Band Concerts
    Spring Valley Municipal Band Concerts, Downtown Mini-Park, 7:30 p.m. Limited seating.Bring your own lawn chair.
    Festival 56 - Small Town, Big Drama - Princeton IllinoisFestival 56 is a professional theatre festival located at the Grace Performing Arts Center in Prince...July 30th, 2015
  • Are you ready for a full day and night of fun in Bureau County? Here's the events for Sat. Aug 1st. August 1st, 2015
    Turkey Shoot
    The Joe Myer Park fundraiser turkey shoot will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. This event is open to the public and chaperoned youth are welcome to attend. Participants should bring their own shotgun and .22 rifle, shells will be provided. Food, pop, water and raffles will be available. There will be turkey, ham and money boards as well as splatter boards. Joe Myer Park is located at 16700 2625 East St., Princeton. The rain date is Aug. 8. For more information, call Marty at 815-878-3255 or Dale at 815-878-7798.

    August 1st, 2015 Cookout Wyanet Locker
    Princeton High School Special Olympics will host a cookout from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Wyanet Locker. The menu will be ribeyes, butterfly chops, pork burgers, brats, hot dogs, chips and pop.

    August 1st, 2015 CPASA Family Fun Fest
    11 am to 6 pm at Zearing Park in Princeton. Family Fun with 4 bands, segway rides, dunk tank, arts and craft vendors, food, raffles, drone demonstrations, and fun for all. Candy Drop 3 p.m.


    Looking for a race to run this weekend? Here’s two. The fifth annual DePue 5K Run/Walk starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the DePue North Fire Station in conjunction with the DePue Boat Races. Registration on race day is $25. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. For more information, contact Michael Rodriguez at 815-878-9024 or via email at rodrig.87@com.net.

    The Tiskilwa Pow Wow Days 5K will also be Saturday, Aug. 1 starting at 8 a.m. For information, call 815-646-4624. The fifth annual Tiskilwa Pow Wow Days 5K will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. Check-in and registration begins at 6:45 a.m. at the East Park shelter. The entry fee is $30 through race day. For more information, call 815-872-1213, email janel_w@hotmail.com, or visit www.powwowdays.com or its Facebook page, Tiskilwa Pow Wow Days 5k. All proceeds benefit the Pow Wow Days 5K scholarship fund.


    August 1st, 2015 Pow Wow Days Tiskilwa
    The women of the Tiskilwa Community Church will serve lunch during Pow Wow Days on Saturday, Aug. 1, immediately after the parade until 1 p.m. at the Tiskilwa Community Church. Rag rugs, table runners and placemats, dishcloths, vanilla and cookbooks will be sold.

    Another special activity this year will be hosted on Friday afternoon, all day Saturday and Sunday afternoon in the air-conditioned comfort of the museum. Joining a popular trend in 2015, the society will provide crayons and a line-drawing to young, old and in-betweeners. The imaginative scene depicts the historic Chief Shabbonna and his family, encamped near Tiskilwa 200 years ago. All crayon artists can sit and color to their heart’s content while learning a bit of history along the way.

    August 1st, 2015 Car Cruise
    Cherry Car Cruise – A salute to hometown heros. Aug 1 3 p.m. 50/50 drawing, door prizes, Live DJ, Food vendors, Entertainment. For information Dan Carrico 815-223-1842 or Dave Stuart 815-224-3416. Entry fee $10


    August 1st, 2015 Manlius Fun Day
    The Manlius Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. The theme is “80s.” To register, call 815-719-5649. BBQ Beef sandwiches served at Beauhla's Tap all day; Museum tours; Sportsman's Club Fish Fry; Historical Society Duck Race; Kids Games, Rolle Bolle Tourney & Street Dance at 8 p.m. with Rodeo Drive.
    Pow Wow DaysTiskilwa Pow Wow Days...July 30th, 2015
  • Here's Sunday & Monday's events in Bureau County - August 2nd, 2015
    DePue 50/50
    The DePue Men’s Club will sponsor a 50-50 drawing for the “Save The Lake Fund” to help in the purchase of a barge that will be used for future dams in the channel between Lake DePue and the Illinois River. The drawing will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2. You need not be present to win.

    August 2nd, 2015 Community Band Concert
    The Princeton Community Band will present the last concert of the 2015 season on Sunday, Aug. 2, at Soldiers and Sailors Park in Princeton. They will perform a variety of pieces. The Princeton Community Band is a 501c3 organization. Any donation is gratefully accepted. The concert is free. Refreshments will be available. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

    Bureau County Fair Queen Pageant! Sunday, August 2nd 2015 at Bureau Valley High School,9154 County Road 2125 North, Manlius. Little Miss beginning at 4 p.m., Jr and Miss beginning at approximately 5:30 (following completion of the Little Miss Pageant) $7.00 admission Queens will be admitted free of charge

    August 3rd, 2015 Tiskilwa Historical Society
    Throughout July and August, the Tiskilwa Historical Society will exhibit photographs by David Horst, Tiskilwa, along with vintage cameras from his personal collection. The models displayed range from 1901 to 1999, and the subjects of his photographs include artistic compositions of farmsteads, local architecture and classic automobiles.

    To add another element of interest, Horst has provided one-paragraph insights to what was happening in the area at the time of the camera’s introduction. When his 1940 Kodak Brownie Reflex camera came on the market, for example, that year marked “the closing of the independent gas plant in Tiskilwa which had supplied energy to the village for many years.”


    August 3rd, 2015 Golf Outing
    The Illinois Valley Junior Golf Championship will be Monday, Aug. 3, at Spring Creek Golf Course. The tournament is open to juniors from 11 area courses, including Spring Creek, Chapel Hill, Deer Valley, Mendota and Wyaton Hills. Ages 6-8 will play five holes and ages 9-11 will play nine holes with shortened tees. Ages 12-13 will play nine holes and ages 14-15 and 16-18 will play 18 holes. Registration starts at 8 a.m. with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
    July 30th, 2015
  • Bureau County Fair Queen Pageant!

    Sunday, August 2nd 2015
    Bureau Valley High School
    9154 County Road 2125 North, Manlius

    Little Miss beginning at 4 p.m.
    Jr and Miss beginning at approximately 5:30 (following completion of the Little Miss Pageant)

    Little Miss Pageant begins at 4 pm with Jr/Miss Pageants beginning at approximately 5:30

    $7.00 admission
    Queens will be admitted free of charge.

    We hope you can join u
    July 29th, 2015
  • St. Louis Parish And School - Princeton, ILPrinceton Buddy Bags, a program to provide food on the weekends (during the school year) to children...July 27th, 2015
  • Community Band concert tonight at 6 pm. PrincetonJuly 19th, 2015
  • There's still plenty to do on Sunday & Monday!
    July 19th, 2015 Pancake Breakfast
    The LaMoille-Ohio Athletic Boosters will serve a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for ages 5-10.

    The Princeton Community Band will present a concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 19, at Soldiers and Sailors Park in Princeton. Samantha Holt is the featured vocal soloist. She will sing “Blue Moon” with the band. Also featured is “Pavanne” by Morton Gould, “Lost Lady Found” by Percy Grainger, “Old Time Rock and Roll” and “Teddy the Toad” by Neal Hefti. Donations are accepted. The concert is free. Refreshments are available. Lawn chairs are suggested.

    July 20th, 2015
    Tiskilwa Historical Society
    Throughout July and August, the Tiskilwa Historical Society will exhibit photographs by David Horst, Tiskilwa, along with vintage cameras from his personal collection. The models displayed range from 1901 to 1999, and the subjects of his photographs include artistic compositions of farmsteads, local architecture and classic automobiles.

    To add another element of interest, Horst has provided one-paragraph insights to what was happening in the area at the time of the camera’s introduction. When his 1940 Kodak Brownie Reflex camera came on the market, for example, that year marked “the closing of the independent gas plant in Tiskilwa which had supplied energy to the village for many years.”
    July 16th, 2015
  • Here's the Friday, July 17th events in Bureau County -
    Lunch in the Park
    United Methodist Women will have the bake sale during the Friday, July 17, Lunch in the Park event at Soldiers and Sailors Park in Princeton. The bake sale will start at 10 a.m.

    July 17th, 2015 -- July 18th, 2015 Library Book Sale
    Friends of the Library book sale on July 17-18 at the Princeton Public Library. All proceeds benefit the library. The Princeton Public Library Friends of the Library book sale will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 17, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 18.

    Bluegrass Jam
    A bluegrass, gospel and country music jam will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 17, at the First Lutheran Church at 116 N. Pleasant St. in Princeton. Jams will continue the third Friday of each month. Players and listeners are welcome. Snacks and soft drinks available. For more information, call 815-875-2057.


    Spring Valley Municipal Band Concerts, Downtown Mini-Park, 7:30 p.m. Limited seating.Bring your own lawn chair.
    July 16th, 2015
  • Here's the Saturday, July 18th events -
    2015 Summer Photo Fest!! Saturday, July 18 at 8:00am, Psycho Silo Saloon in Langley, Illinois. Intersection of Rt 6 and Rt 40 near Sheffield. Come out and see all of the interesting details at the newest business in the area - cars, trucks and more!

    July 18th, 2015 Wyanet Locker Cookout
    The United Pentecostal Church will host a cookout from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Wyanet Locker. The menu will be ribeyes, butterfly chops, pork burgers, brats, hot dogs, chips and pop.

    Sheffield’s Music on Main, Sat. July 18th
    2pm: Cornerstone Family Fun Race at Veteran's Park
    3:30pm: Kids Water Battles at the Fire Station - Registration starts at 3:15pm
    4:30pm: Gate Opens for Music on Main
    5:00pm: FREE Kids games until 7pm, including balloon animals, face painting, bounce house. Food Vendors and Beer Wagon Open
    5:30pm: Kids & Adult Pedal Tractor Pull Contest - Registration starts at 5:00pm
    6:45pm: Kids Pie Eating Contest
    7:00pm: Live Music from the Lizzi Neal Band
    8:45pm: Adult Pie Eating Contest with $100 Cash Prize!
    9:00pm - Midnight: Live Music from Forgotten Highway

    We are excited to announce that our headliner for Music on Main 2015 will be Forgotten Highway!
    We are also excited to announce that the Lizzie Neal Band will be playing for us July 18th at Music on Main. This band is the RAMI blues musician of the year for 2012, 2013 and 2014.


    Tiskilwa Historical Society On Saturday, July 18, the Tiskilwa Historical Society will host its annual community picnic on the museum lawn, with hot dogs sizzling on the grill by 5 p.m. Around 6 p.m., the board will give special recognition to all the volunteers who have kept the society up and running in the past year. With long tables provided by the Tiskilwa Community Association, there will be plenty of seating as well as picnic fixins for all comers.

    Visitors may want to bring along their lawn chairs, because at 6:30 p.m., a special guest star from the year 1750 will magically appear — French-Indian fur trapper, Andre St. Pierre. Quite the storyteller, Andre will delight listeners of all ages with his entertaining and historical tales.


    July 18th, 2015 Z Tour Bike Ride
    The Zearing Child Enrichment Center will sponsor the Z Tour Bike Ride, a bicycle road ride originating in Princeton and includes many of the surrounding communities Saturday, July 18. The event will begin at Zearing Park and will include the registrant’s choice of a 10-mile, 30-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 lunch at Zearing Park.

    July 18th, 2015 -- July 19th, 2015
    The 38th annual Ol’ Fashun Threshun Days event is set for Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19, at Albrecht’s Grove of Ohio, Ill. The location for the event is 10 miles north of Princeton and then one-half mile west off of Route 26, right at the S curve. There will be signs to guide you on where to turn off of Route 26. The Bureau Valley Antique Club sponsors the event.

    Ol’ Fashun Threshun Days includes a variety of events for folks of all ages. On both Saturday and Sunday, event-goers can enjoy a flea market, a craft show, a parade on the grounds, children’s entertainment, a saw mill, a petting zoo, rope making and more. From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. both days, the highlight of the event — the actual threshing, the process of loosening the edible part of the grain from the scaly, inedible chaff that surrounds it. It is the step in grain preparation after harvesting and before winnowing, which separates the loosened chaff from the grain.

    Those who attend will also be able to see tractors, engines, steamers, threshers, antique cars, trucks, farm equipment and more. There will be four classes of pedal tractor pulls, where trophies and ribbons will be awarded. A lunch stand will be on the shaded show grounds.

    On Saturday, visitors to the show can enjoy an expanded breakfast menu in the morning and a pork chop sandwich supper at 5 p.m. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., DJ Paul Robert will play old-time country and traditional favorites. From 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jack Ness’ One-Man Band, featuring keyboard, trumpet and vocals will entertain guests with Big Band era music.

    On Sunday, those who attend can dive into an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast from 6:30 to 10 a.m. A church service is set for 10 a.m., and the River Bend Antique Tractor Pullers Association will host a tractor pull at noon. The charge to get in the gate is $4. Parking is free.

    The third annual Danny Sissel Memorial St. Jude fundraiser, sponsored by the Sissel family, is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Princeton Moose Lodge. Event-goers can take part in a chicken/spaghetti dinner with all the fixings, participate in a drawdown and enjoy an evening of entertainment. Drawdown tickets are $60 per couple and includes the meal and entertainment. Those not wishing to buy a drawdown ticket are still urged to attend to enjoy the meal and the entertainment for just the cost of the meal.

    Those entering the drawdown have the opportunity to win $1,000, $300 and $200. There will also be a silent auction and many other opportunities to win miscellaneous items, like a Harley Davidson tool chest, food gift certificates, golf outings and more. Tickets for just the dinner or the drawdown/dinner package can be purchased at the door or by calling Colleen at 815-875-7782 or at Guys & Gals Salon at 507 S. Main St. in Princeton. The salon’s phone number is 815-875-4075.
    July 16th, 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