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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

  • 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 is a four-day event that includes a Lil' Spurs Rodeo with mutton bustin' and chicken chasing on Friday night, 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. The entry fee is $30 through race day. Entry forms available at Bead Buzz Jewelry Design, 432 S. Main St., Princeton, or you can register online at For more information, call 815-646-4624, visit or see their Facebook page, Tiskilwa Pow Wow Days 5K. All proceeds benefit the Pow Wow Days 5K scholarship fund. Children under 18 must have signed parent consent.

    August 1st, 2014 -- August 2nd, 2014
    Bureau County Relay for Life Hall H.S. Track 800 W. Erie Street, Spring Valley, IL

    August 1st, 2014 -- August 2nd, 2014 Prairie Arts Exhibit
    The upcoming art show at the Prairie Arts Center, "Quilts: Then and Now," will showcase traditional fabric quilts and a new quilt art application for placement on barns that quilters in the Princeton area are working on. The barn quilt art will include either the quilter's own designs or the designs of other quilters. Currently, their barn quilt designs can be found in 24 locations in Bureau County. Typically, they are either 8-by-8-feet or 4-by-4-foot wooden blocks, designed with a colorful quilt pattern, hand painted using durable exterior paint for year-round display, and are then mounted on historic barns.The colorful patterns of the barn quilt designs are designed to invite visitors to venture off the beaten path and explore Bureau County's scenic countryside. A tourist map guide is available to direct you to all of the 24 barn quilt sites. The opening reception for the show will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Prairie Arts Center, 24 Park Ave. East in Princeton. The show will run through August 24th.

    August 1st, 2014 Festival 56 Cabaret - The Last One!
    Grace Performing Arts Center, Main St, Princeton. Tickets: Advance Tickets - $8, At the Door - $10 Join us Friday night for live musical performances and a nightcap at the Grace after the curtain goes down on Friday night

    August 1st, 2014
    Lunch in the Park Buddy Bags will hold a cookout from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Soldiers and Sailors Park in Princeton. The menu includes pork chops for $4, hot dogs for $3, chips for $1 and soda or water for $1.

    August 1st, 2014 Birthday Celebration
    All day: Princeton Public Library Birthday Celebration

    August 1st, 2014 -- August 2nd, 2014 Festival 56
    Festival 56 will close out its summer season with the Stephen Sondheim musical "Into the Woods" presented at the Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main St., Princeton, July 27-Aug. 3. It plays at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 1 and 2. The last performance is at 2 p.m. Aug. 3. The Grace Performing Arts Center is completely accessible and ample nearby parking is available. To purchase tickets, visit, call 815-879-5656, ext. 11, or stop by the box office, open from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and an hour before each performance.

    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.

    July 31st 2014Go to status update
  • Here's Sunday, August 3rd events for Bureau County - Queen Pageant BC Fair -Contestants are ready and eager for the upcoming Miss Bureau County Fair Queen Pageant, set for Aug. 3 at 4:00 p.m. at Princeton High School. Ladies and little ladies will be competing for the crowns of Little Miss Bureau County Fair queen, Junior Miss Bureau County Fair queen and Miss Bureau County Fair queen. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

    The Prairie Arts Council will present its fourth annual Concert in the Park, featuring "Alison Coyer and Friends" at 6 p.m. Aug. 3 at Soldiers and Sailors Park in Princeton. For the past four years, the Prairie Arts Council has brought musical entertainment to the outdoors with a free summer concert under the shade trees of Princeton's Soldiers and Sailor Park on the Courthouse Square.
    On Aug. 3, residents of Bureau County will enjoy listening to the musical notes played on the hammered dulcimer by Alison Coyer. Alison started taking dulcimer lessons at age 12, and by the age of 16 she placed third in the nation at competition in Winfield, Kan. Alison will be accompanied by Jim Johnson from Marseilles on guitar, Owen Johnson from Princeton on guitar and John Musgrave from Morris on bass. This concert is free and open to the public. Lawn chairs are suggested and refreshments will be available for purchase.
    All proceeds and donations will go directly to benefit the Prairie Arts Council's art scholarship program. In case of rain, the concert will be moved indoors at the Prairie Arts Center Theater, located across the street from the Soldiers and Sailors Park.

    July 31st 2014Go to status update
  • Pow Wow Days in Tiskilwa starts on Thursday night with the Lil' Spurs Rodeo Queen pageant at 6 p.m., Ice cream eating contest at 6:30 and the Generic's play from 7-10 p.m. The kids pedal pull will be at 7:30 p.m.
    Friday - August 1st will be Lil' Spurs Rodeo Night starting at 6 p.m. There will be food stands and a beer garden too and Music Masters DJ will play from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
    RUNRUNRUN Saturday in the Pow Wow Days 5k at 8 a.m. The Parade "Mine the Gems of the Valley" will be at 10:30 a.m. and the bags tourney starts at 11:30 a.m. There's lots to do for the family - food stands, inflatable rides, petting zoo and the beer garden, too. Sunday wraps up with a community church service at 10 a.m. and Tiskilwa Historical Society museum tours from noon to 4 p.m.

    July 30th 2014Go to status update
  • This Sunday Aug 3rd is the AMA Vintage National Motocross Event. New "vintage friendly" track layout!
    There will be a practice session on Sat Aug 2nd from 3pm-7pm for those participating in Sunday's race. Modern support classes, 125cc-Open A, and B/C will be offered for anyone with a bike 1999 or newer! Gate open 1pm-11pm Sat and reopen 6am Sunday. Sign up 7am, riders meeting 8:30
    More info at

    Minor riders are not permitted to ride at Sunset Ridge MX, at any time, without a parent or Guardian, or a properly signed and notarized Guardian release waiver. A waiver can be printed by clicking the link below.

    July 30th 2014Go to status update
  • Tri-County Humane Society

    July 30th 2014Go to status update

  • Mobile Uploads
    Something fun to do!

    July 30th 2014Go to status update

  • BCF2
    This video is about BCF1

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    Princeton Farmers' Market
    Be sure to stop in at the Farmers' Market this afternoon. All the vendors are loaded with produce this time of year! And don't forget about the baked goods, farm fresh eggs and honey too!

    July 29th 2014Go to status update

  • Timeline Photos
    Here is a better view of the schedule!! Wouldn't want you standing on your head this early in the week (save that for Saturday!!).

    July 29th 2014Go to status update
  • Lunch in the Park for today has been moved to the Prouty Building. Lunch will be provided by the Princeton Buddy Bags program and the bake sale will be by DAR chapter. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    July 25th 2014Go to status update
  • Don't Miss Mingle on Main in Malden this Saturday. Great music, food and drink, vendor show and car show - fun right on the street in Malden in front of the Feed Store restaurant
    July 23rd 2014Go to status update

    Bureau County Tourism
    Big Buck Archery in support of St. Jude Runs announced it will host their Inaugural 3D Charity Shoot from 9a-8p on both Friday July 24 and Saturday, July 25 at Time on the Water Outdoors at 515 S. Spalding St. in Spring Valley. All proceeds benefit the life-saving work of St. Jude Runs. The family friendly event will feature food, a 20 target 3D money shoot, a 100 yard 50/50 shoot, an outdoor pop up shoot, music, a vendor fair and prize drawings. St. Jude Runs is a is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and their mission to find cures for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases through research and treatment despite a family's ability to pay. For additional information about the event, contact Darrell at Big Buck Archery by phone at 815-663-1000, email at or visit

    July 23rd 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.

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