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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

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  • The year is winding down but there are still lots of things to do with your family during the holiday season in Bureau County. Check these events out and enjoy!
    December 19th, 2014 -- December 21st, 2014 Live Nativity Scene
    Walnut Bible Church will have a live nativity scene on Dec 19,20 & 21 from 6-8 p.m.

    December 17th, 2014 -- December 19th, 2014 Gingerbread House contest - at Shoemake Hall, Metro Center - open to all ages. Call Nick at 872-0847 for more info.

    December 19th, 2014 -- December 20th, 2014
    Festival 56 There's a Christmas Tree in Terminal C! by Dexter Brigham
    On the tenth anniversary of its first production, we are happy to bring back our most popular holiday musical about four strangers stranded in an airport terminal on Christmas eve. Featuring everyone's holiday favorites, including "O Holy Night," "O Christmas Tree," and many, many more!
    7:30pm, Friday, December 19th & 2:00pm, Saturday, December 20th

    December 19th, 2014 Bluegrass Jam
    The Bluegrass, Gospel and Country Music Jam will be held at the First Lutheran Church - 116 N Pleasant St, Princeton, from 6-10 p.m. on Friday. Players and listeners are welcome.

    December 21st, 2014 Solstice Serenade
    The Princeton Community Band will present Solstice Serenade at 3 p.m. Dec. 21 in the Sally Skinner Council Auditorium at Princeton High School. The guest conductor will be Brandon Stover, director of bands for Princeton Elementary Schools. The concert showcases holiday favorites and other selections to brighten up the shortest day of the year. Pieces include "An English Christmas," "Here Comes Santa Claus," "White Christmas" and "Electricity (Race Around the Circuit)." The Princeton Community Band, an all-volunteer group of area musicians from teens through retirees, invites the public to attend this concert of seasonal music free of charge. Donations are also welcome.

    December 21st, 2014 Church Xmas Programs
    The Sunday school of LaMoille Community United Methodist Church will present a Christmas program on Dec. 21, during the 9 a.m. service, the choir will perform their cantata, "All is Calm, All is Bright."

    December 21st, 2014 Carol Sing a Long
    Come to the First Lutheran Church in Princeton at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday for the annual Christmas Carol Sing A-long. Refreshments will be served following. Everyone is invited to come and dress comfortably for this event.

    December 22nd, 2014 -- December 23rd, 2014
    Candy Sale
    St. Margaret's Auxiliary will sponsor a South Bend Chocolate Company sale. Monday, December 22, from 8am - 5pm; Tuesday, December 23, from 7am- 4pm. In the Lower Lobby. Stop by to check out the unique gourmet chocolate and treats and support St. Margaret's Auxiliary. For more information, call (815) 664-1130.

    December 24th, 2014 Christmas Eve Services
    The Sheffield United Methodist Church will have a Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. Dec. 24.

    Princeton -- The Princeton Presbyterian Church, 320 Park Ave. East, will hold its annual candlelight Christmas service at 5 p.m. Dec. 24.

    St. Matthew's Lutheran Church will hold two Christmas Eve services. There will be a 7 p.m. traditional candlelight worship service with Christmas carols and music by the St. Matthew's choir, bell choir and brass ensemble. There will be a 10 p.m. informal service with cookies and hot chocolate. This service includes more favorite carols not included in the earlier service.

    Seatonville -- The Seatonville Congregational Church Independent will host a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. For more information, call Pastor Bill Jacobsen at 815-228-6717.

    December 25th, 2014
    Merry Christmas from Bureau County Tourism!!

    December 31st, 2014 New Years Eve Dance
    The Princeton Moose Lodge will host a New Years Eve dance from 8:30 p,m to 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 31st. Music by the Generics Goodies Band. Call for RSVP 875-2547 by 12-22


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  • Christmas is coming and there are still a lot of fun holiday events all over Bureau County!. Here's a list - be sure to go and share in the holiday fun this weekend!
    December 13th, 2014 Cookie & Candy Sale
    The First United Methodist Church of Princeton will hold its annual all-church cookie and candy sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Participants are asked to enter through Cushing Hall doors on the northeast side of the building.

    Pet pics with Santa
    All pets are welcome to come to Tractor Supply Co. in Princeton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for pictures with Santa. The cost is $10 for two different digital pictures. All proceeds go directly to Friends of Strays.
    Sheffield - Santa's coming to town this Saturday, Dec 13 from 10 - 11 am. Bring the kids so they came tell him those last minutes wants for Christmas gifts.

    "There's Snow Place Like Ladd" 2014 Christmas Walk will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13 in Ladd. Activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, kids' crafts and activities, plus pictures with Santa, Grace the white-tailed deer, musicians and carolers, a storyteller, and plenty of food are part of the schedule. Ladd businesses and organizations will sell Christmas wreaths, garlands, ornaments and gifts.
    A Snowman Parade will start at 5 p.m. Winners of the holiday lighting contest will be announced and maps of Ladd's best lit holiday homes will be available. The walk also includes a holiday prize hunt at Ladd businesses plus 50/50 and plenty of holiday fun. For more information, call 815-894-2092 or email hocking4@comcast.net.

    December 13th, 2014 Echo Bluff Park
    Nature's Corner Club Echo Bluff Park 2nd Saturday Every Month 10 a.m. - Noon Children 3 - 12, accompanied by an adult. "How Strong Is Ice?"

    December 13th, 2014 Tiskilwa Country Xmas
    Visit Tiskilwa for the TCA's Country Christmas - Sat. Dec. 13th Museum on Main - Lionel Trains 9-3; Scavenger Hunt (all ages) 9-1:00; Afghan raffle 9-1:30; Canned food collection; Bureau Co Chorus 1:30; Community Church - Rug and Bake Sale 9-12; Library - Crafts 10-12; Plow Creek Baked Goods 10-13; Photos with Santa 11-1:00; Madrigal Singers 12:00. TCA Fire Pit in front of library 10-12 and more!

    Saturday December 13, 6:30pm. the Wyanet United Methodist Church is hosting community Christmas caroling...inside! We'll enjoy singing and getting into the Christmas spirit followed by cookies and hot chocolate!
    SUNDAY EVENTS December 14th, 2014
    Live Nativity Scene
    The Sheffield United Methodist Church will have a live nativity in their parking lot from 5-7 p.m. They will have an Open Table Supper from 4-7 p.m. The menu will be soup and dessert.

    The Bureau County Chorus will present "Songs of the Season," a concert of sacred and popular holiday music, at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 in the sanctuary of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 416 E. Dover Road, Princeton. Selections on the program include holiday favorites such as "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Carol of the Bells," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Ding Dong Merrily on High" and "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm." Sacred holiday music will include "The Animal's Christmas," "Personent Hodie," "Beside Thy Cradle Here I Stand" by Bach, "Glory To God from Messiah" and other holiday choral arrangements.

    The public is invited to attend this concert of seasonal choral music free of charge. A free-will donation opportunity will be provided. For further information, contact Schertz at 815-646-4218 or Kevin Glover at 815-915-7478.
    Danish Church Xmas
    The Sheffield Historical Society will have their annual Christmas Service at the Historical Danish Church on Sunday, Dec 14th at 1:30 p.m.
    Church Xmas Programs
    The Princeton Bible Church Choir, directed by Marty Kiser, is preparing the popular Branson Christmas musical, "Two from Galilee," for performance Dec. 21 at 10:15 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. The production centers around the stories of Mary and Joseph and their families as they court, are betrothed and then chosen to be the earthly parents of God's most precious Gift, Jesus. The public is invited to this special Christmas musical.

    The Sunday school of LaMoille Community United Methodist Church will present a Christmas children's program, "A Candy Cane at Christmas," during the 9 a.m. worship service on Sunday. On Dec. 21, during the 9 a.m. service, the choir will perform their cantata, "All is Calm, All is Bright."

    The adult choir of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Princeton will present a Christmas Cantata, titled "Were You There on That Christmas Night?," at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary. The cantata, under the direction of Kent Johnson, offers both traditional carols and new contemporary style music. Narrations will be given by Pastor Derek and Jessica Boggs. Other musical selections will be offered by the children's choir and men's quartet. Refreshments will be served after the program. The church is located at 24 N. Main Street.
    Be sure to check our web page at www. bureaucounty-il.com for more details on all these events!

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  • Sheffield Events for Sunday.
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    Village of Sheffield, Illinois
    This Sunday - take time and enjoy time with family and friends....Annual Christmas Service at the Danish Church at 1:30pmOpen Table at the Methodist Church from 4-7pm. Chili, Chicken Noodle, and Potato Soups will be served. NO CHARGE!Live Nativity at the Methodist Church from 5-7pm.

    December 12th 2014Go to status update
  • Christmas is coming and there are still a lot of fun holiday events all over Bureau County!. Here's a list - be sure to go and share in the holiday fun this weekend!
    December 13th, 2014 Cookie & Candy Sale
    The First United Methodist Church of Princeton will hold its annual all-church cookie and candy sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Participants are asked to enter through Cushing Hall doors on the northeast side of the building.

    Pet pics with Santa
    All pets are welcome to come to Tractor Supply Co. in Princeton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for pictures with Santa. The cost is $10 for two different digital pictures. All proceeds go directly to Friends of Strays.
    Sheffield - Santa's coming to town this Saturday, Dec 13 from 10 - 11 am. Bring the kids so they came tell him those last minutes wants for Christmas gifts.

    "There's Snow Place Like Ladd" 2014 Christmas Walk will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13 in Ladd. Activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, kids' crafts and activities, plus pictures with Santa, Grace the white-tailed deer, musicians and carolers, a storyteller, and plenty of food are part of the schedule. Ladd businesses and organizations will sell Christmas wreaths, garlands, ornaments and gifts.
    A Snowman Parade will start at 5 p.m. Winners of the holiday lighting contest will be announced and maps of Ladd's best lit holiday homes will be available. The walk also includes a holiday prize hunt at Ladd businesses plus 50/50 and plenty of holiday fun. For more information, call 815-894-2092 or email hocking4@comcast.net.

    December 13th, 2014 Echo Bluff Park
    Nature's Corner Club Echo Bluff Park 2nd Saturday Every Month 10 a.m. - Noon Children 3 - 12, accompanied by an adult. "How Strong Is Ice?"

    December 13th, 2014 Tiskilwa Country Xmas
    Visit Tiskilwa for the TCA's Country Christmas - Sat. Dec. 13th Museum on Main - Lionel Trains 9-3; Scavenger Hunt (all ages) 9-1:00; Afghan raffle 9-1:30; Canned food collection; Bureau Co Chorus 1:30; Community Church - Rug and Bake Sale 9-12; Library - Crafts 10-12; Plow Creek Baked Goods 10-13; Photos with Santa 11-1:00; Madrigal Singers 12:00. TCA Fire Pit in front of library 10-12 and more!

    Breakfast with Santa
    St. Bede Academy will again hold Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to noon on Dec. 13 at the Academy. The cost this year is $12 per person which will include breakfast, meeting with Santa, make and take crafts, movies, readers and a ride on the Starved Rock Trolley. For an additional $5, Valley Photo will be taking pictures with Santa.

    Lucia Festival
    A time-honored Swedish tradition continues with the annual St. Lucia Festival on Dec. 13 at the Evangelical Covenant Church, 24 N. Main St. in Princeton. The annual breakfast will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the vestry of the church. The public is invited to attend. The breakfast will be served by women of the church dressed in traditional Swedish costumes. The menu will include the traditional egg casserole with Swedish fruit soup, breads, beverage and Christmas cookies. Limited tickets are available and reserved seating is required. Tickets are $8 per person and must be paid for and picked up by Dec. 12. Reservations can be made by calling Joan Eggers at 815-875-2168.

    Saturday December 13, 6:30pm. the Wyanet United Methodist Church is hosting community Christmas caroling...inside! We'll enjoy singing and getting into the Christmas spirit followed by cookies and hot chocolate!
    SUNDAY EVENTS December 14th, 2014
    Live Nativity Scene
    The Sheffield United Methodist Church will have a live nativity in their parking lot from 5-7 p.m. They will have an Open Table Supper from 4-7 p.m. The menu will be soup and dessert.

    The Bureau County Chorus will present "Songs of the Season," a concert of sacred and popular holiday music, at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 in the sanctuary of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 416 E. Dover Road, Princeton. Selections on the program include holiday favorites such as "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Carol of the Bells," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Ding Dong Merrily on High" and "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm." Sacred holiday music will include "The Animal's Christmas," "Personent Hodie," "Beside Thy Cradle Here I Stand" by Bach, "Glory To God from Messiah" and other holiday choral arrangements.

    The public is invited to attend this concert of seasonal choral music free of charge. A free-will donation opportunity will be provided. For further information, contact Schertz at 815-646-4218 or Kevin Glover at 815-915-7478.
    Danish Church Xmas
    The Sheffield Historical Society will have their annual Christmas Service at the Historical Danish Church on Sunday, Dec 14th at 1:30 p.m.
    Church Xmas Programs
    The Princeton Bible Church Choir, directed by Marty Kiser, is preparing the popular Branson Christmas musical, "Two from Galilee," for performance Dec. 21 at 10:15 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. The production centers around the stories of Mary and Joseph and their families as they court, are betrothed and then chosen to be the earthly parents of God's most precious Gift, Jesus. The public is invited to this special Christmas musical.

    The Sunday school of LaMoille Community United Methodist Church will present a Christmas children's program, "A Candy Cane at Christmas," during the 9 a.m. worship service on Sunday. On Dec. 21, during the 9 a.m. service, the choir will perform their cantata, "All is Calm, All is Bright."

    The adult choir of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Princeton will present a Christmas Cantata, titled "Were You There on That Christmas Night?," at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary. The cantata, under the direction of Kent Johnson, offers both traditional carols and new contemporary style music. Narrations will be given by Pastor Derek and Jessica Boggs. Other musical selections will be offered by the children's choir and men's quartet. Refreshments will be served after the program. The church is located at 24 N. Main Street.
    Be sure to check our web page at www. bureaucounty-il.com for more details on all these events!

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    Better watch out - Santa's coming to town this Saturday, Dec 13 from 10 - 11 am. Bring the kids so they came tell him those last minutes wants for Christmas gifts.

    December 9th 2014Go to status update
  • There are tons of things to do to get you in the Christmas Spirit in Bureau County this weekend. Be sure to go to our web page www.bureaucounty-il.com for the complete calendar of events for the rest of the year.
    Here's just Saturday and Sundays events. December 6th, 2014 Rounding Third by Richard Dresser at Festival 56 November 28th through December 6th, 2014 Grace Performing Arts Center
    2:00pm, Saturday, December 6th; 7:30pm, Saturday, December 6th

    Bureau County Fairgrounds will hold their first Toy Sale on Sat. Dec. 6th. If you have gently used, new or even antique toys, dolls or games that you would like to sell they have a spot for you. Call 815-303-2905 to reserve a space. Shoppers invited to come out and see what you can find for Christmas presents too!

    December 6th, 2014 Princeton Xmas Events
    A day of Christmas events for kids and family is being organized by the Princeton Lions Club, with the help of other community organizations, on Saturday. Activities include:

    o Cookie walk from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Prouty Building, 435 S. Main St. Princeton. This event is sponsored by Bureau County Home Community and Education.

    o Christmas parade at 1:30 p.m. on Main Street in Princeton. A food drive for the food pantry will be held along the parade route. This event is sponsored by the Princeton Lions Club.

    December 6th, 2014
    Finding Christmas Play
    The 2014 Prairie Arts Council holiday musical extravaganza, "Finding Christmas!" will add a performance at 3 p.m. Dec. 6. Don't miss your chance to enjoy a massive cast of 34 area children (from Princeton, Tiskilwa, Mendota, Wyanet, Walnut and Sheffield), ages 8-13, as they become fantastical creatures who overcome the material and commercial world of the holiday season to discover the joy and love of Christmas. Tickets can still be ordered for performance at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 by calling 815-875-2787. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and children. The Prairie Arts Council Theater is located at 24 Park Ave. East, Princeton.

    December 6th, 2014 Bowl for the Cure
    Crown Lanes Bowling Alley in Princeton will be full of supporters on Saturday, all looking to raise monies for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The Bowl for the Cure 9-pin event is open to the public. The cost is $20 per person. All 12 lanes will be open with four people on a team. Come as a four-person team or as an individual. The first squad will bowl at 1 p.m. and a second squad will bowl at 3:30 p.m. Holly Swanson, who is co-organizing the event, is hoping to see a large crowd. She said the more people who show, the better the support will be for breast cancer. There will be a 50/50 drawing at the event, as well as a silent auction.

    Cookie Walk The United Church of Christ, located at Erie and Power Streets in Spring Valley, will have its traditional cookie walk from 7:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 6. A variety of holiday cookies and candies will be offered in a select-your-own style. Homemade peanut brittle will be sold for $7 per bag. For more information, contact the church at 815-663-1951.

    December 6th, 2014 Lighted Santa Parade, "Santa's Workshop" Travels through downtown Spring Valley. Begins at 6 p.m. at Hall High School and travels through downtown on St. Paul Street to City Hall/Library square. Santa will be available to meet with the kids after the parade at City Hall. Contact 815.303.4327 for more information

    December 7th, 2014 Senior Citizen Dinner
    The Princeton Moose Lodge will host its 34th annual senior citizens dinner at 1 p.m. Sunday at the lodge, 1339 N. Euclid Ave. Doors will open at noon. This dinner is free for seniors. For reservations, call lodge at 815-879-5261.

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  • Christmas parade at 1:30 p.m.today on Main Street in Princeton. A food drive for the food pantry will be held along the parade route. This event is sponsored by the Princeton Lions Club.


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  • Don't miss the Lighted Xmas Parade in Spring Valley Saturday night at 6 p.m. December 6th, 2014 Lighted Santa Parade, "Santa's Workshop" Travels through downtown Spring Valley. Begins at 6 p.m. at Hall High School and travels through downtown on St. Paul Street to City Hall/Library square. Santa will be available to meet with the kids after the parade at City Hall. Contact 815.303.4327 for more information


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    Start your weekend off with some family fun Ice Skating, we rent skates and have a concession stand.

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    Lamoille Fire Protection District
    Santa is making his visit Sunday. Come see him after the Grade 4-12 Christmas program/concert. He will be in the cafeteria around 3:00 pm. Ambulance Service is providing treats!

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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