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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

  • Tonight at the Princeton Coffee House.Neptune's Car: Lover's Leap (The Purgatory Chasm Song) | Written by Holly Hanson. Performed by Neptune's Car (Holly Hanson and Steve...August 22nd, 2015
  • Fun for the whole family coming next week! The 160th Bureau County Fair will offer lots of free entertainment and attractions to keep fair goers busy this year. The fair board presents live bands, entertainers and various shows in the hospitality tent and on various stages around the fairgrounds.

    Brochures may be picked up when you arrive at the fair or you can check the fair’s website for the schedule for the various shows and find them on the map.

    Hospitality tent acts, presented by Midland States Bank this year, include Rick Moreland (gospel singer), Generics Goodies Band (swing, country, rock), bingo and refreshments hosted by Princeton Moose Lodge, Jack Ness (one-man band), Hit & Miss (duo variety); Steve Hargis (Country), Generics Rocking Robin Band ('50s-'60s rock-n-roll), Henry Torpedo Boys (bluegrass), Mary Peifer and the Trouble Makers (Variety), Anita Reno (vocalist), Bureau County Barbershop Harmony Chorus and the Marshall-Putnam-Stark Youth Variety Show Choir. The hospitality tent is produced by Gary Swanson GES Sound.

    Free on-grounds entertainment performing at various times include: Kachunga and the Alligator show presented by Heartland Bank, AgView FS, Mid-American McDonalds and Variety Attractions; Kid Davie Magic Show and Strolling Robot, presented by Heartland Bank, Vern’s Farm Store and Variety Attractions; Tim and Karen Barker, chain saw carving artists, presented by Timber Falls Tree Service; Farmer for a Day, presented by the Bureau County Farm Bureau; and the Bureau County Fair Museum is open daily during fair hours.

    The Bureau County Fair talent show will be in the hospitality tent at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. Entry forms are available at the fair office.

    For complete information on all shows and attractions, visit or call the fair office at 815-875-2905.

    The 160th Bureau County Fair runs Aug. 26-30 in Princeton.
    Bureau County Fairgrounds - Princeton, IllinoisThe Bureau County Fair is one of Illinois' longest running fairs. Make your way to this exciting eve...August 21st, 2015
  • Here's the local Bureau County events from Friday August 14th through the 26th.

    Lunch in the Park is served by the Princeton Elks with a bake sale by the DAR on Friday, Aug 14th. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Soldiers and Sailors Park. BBQ, hot dogs, chips and drinks.

    Princeton's Farmer's Market - Saturday - 8:30 a,m to 2 p.m. next to the Apollo Theater.

    August 15th, 2015 Movie Night
    It's Movie in the Park time again in Tiskilwa!!! This Saturday we will be showing "Home" in the West Park. The movie will start about 8:15. Free popcorn and water will be available, also. Bring the kids out for one last free night before school and the fair! See you there!!

    August 15th, 2015 Golf Outings
    The Princeton High School Booster Club Tiger Golf Classic will be Saturday, Aug. 15, at Wyaton Hills Golf Course. Registration fees are $75 per golfer and $30 for dinner. Golf will be limited to the first 20 teams to sign up. Registration will start at 10 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Dinner will be served at Fitzgerald’s Banquet Center at 6 p.m.

    The Hall Athletic Parents Club will host the Red Devil Classic Saturday, Aug. 15, at Spring Creek Golf Course. Entry fee is $60 per golfer, which includes golf and a pork chop/brats dinner. Registration starts at 10 a.m. with a 11 a.m. shotgun start. For more information, call Paul Quinn at 815-326-0184 or email to

    August 16th, 2015 Ice Cream Social
    The Malden United Methodist Church will host its annual ice cream social from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, at the church, located at 324 Main St. in Malden. The menu will consist of barbeque sandwiches, brats, hot dogs, chips, veggie tray, dessert and ice cream. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under. Carryouts will also be available.

    August 16th, 2015 Band Concert
    The Prairie Arts Council will sponsor a free concert featuring the Sweet Country Band at the Soldiers and Sailors Park at Park Avenue and Main Street in Princeton at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16. The Sweet Country Band has played at festivals, fairs and other events throughout the Midwest for several years. The band consists of an acoustic bass, guitars, a mandolin and banjo. The mix of bluegrass, country and gospel songs should renew old memories and create an evening of fun and relaxation. Refreshments will be available. Donations are appreciated and will support the Prairie Arts Council Scholarship Fund.

    August 18th, 2015 Bingo at the Moose
    The Princeton Moose Lodge will host a bingo night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18. 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.

    August 21st, 2015 Bluegrass Jam
    A bluegrass, gospel and country music jam will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, 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.

    August 23rd, 2015 Pancake Breakfast
    The Malden Fire Department will host a pancake and sausage breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at the fire station. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for ages 5-12.

    August 26th, 2015 Farmer's Market
    Farmers Market Spring Valley, Home Grown & Home Made Food & Products, Heart Land Bank & Trust parking lot, 100 E. Dakota Street, (weather permitting) Wednesdays, 4 - 6 p.m. To participate call: 815.303.4327
    August 13th, 2015
  • Bureau County TourismBuda Fire and Buda/Neponset Rescue Good Afternoon everyone, This weekend on Saturday August 15th, Bu...August 12th, 2015
  • Tonight! The Malden Booster Club will hold a taco dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Torri’s Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant in Ladd. Tickets are $7.50 and include three tacos, drink and dessert. Carry-outs are also available. For tickets, contact the school at 815-643-2471.August 11th, 2015
  • Buda Fire and Buda/Neponset Rescue
    Good Afternoon everyone, This weekend on Saturday August 15th, Buda will be having their town wide garage sales. There will be something for everyone. Come check it out!
    Stop by the corner of Main Street and Depot Street (right by the fire station) and have lunch! The local EMT's will be having a food stand to raise money for our volunteer unit. Thank you all for your continued support!!!! Hope to see you there!
    August 11th, 2015
  • Saturday morning muddy funMudcross Challenge | August 8th, 2015 | Sunset Ridge MX, Walnut, ILThe 2015 MudCross Challenge is a unique custom designed obstacle course. Participants of the challen...August 7th, 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