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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 weekly events in Bureau County from Monday through Friday April 24th, 2015
    Library Art Show
    Princeton Public Library will hold its annual Art Show Monday, April 6, through Friday, April 24. Artwork by local artists will be available for viewing throughout the library during standard business hours. This year’s exhibits includes quilts, sculptures, acrylics, photography and a special collection of agricultural photographs and prints belonging to John and Estelle Armendariz. The Armendariz collection is being shown thanks to the generosity of the Bureau County Antique Club.

    The theme of this year’s show is “Cultivating Our Community: Seeds of the HeART” to promote an understanding and appreciation that food and fiber can serve as artistic inspiration, and to celebrate the bounty of nature. A variety of special programs and events will take place throughout the month to celebrate the theme.
    The Princeton Public Library is located at 698 E. Peru Street, Princeton. All programs at the Princeton Public Library are free and open to all. For more information on upcoming programs and on Princeton Public Library services, go to www.theprincetonlibrary.org or call 815-875-1331.

    April 20th, 2015 Monday night Movie
    Princeton Public Library -Monday night movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature a drifter and retired gunfighter who rides into a conflict between the cattleman and a settler family. He comes to the assistance of the settlers who are bring terrorized by the cattleman and his hired hand. The drifter and the settlers take on the cattleman in a battle over the land. But the cattleman sends for a gunslinger, and the battle continues.

    April 21st, 2015 Bingo at the Moose
    The Princeton Moose Lodge will host Bingo Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Doors open at 5 p.m. and sandwiches will be available for purchase. Bingo every first and third Tuesday of the month.

    April 21st, 2015 Quarter Mania
    Bureau Valley High School will host a Quarter Mania fundraiser from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 to raise money for Renaissance, the school’s incentive program. Food will be available and doors open to the public at 5:30. More than 30 local businesses contribute to the success of the evening event. An auction will start at 6:30 p.m. For more information on the event or on the Renaissance program, contact tboyle@bureauvalley.net.

    April 23rd, 2015 Library Program
    Sandi Sylver, ventriloquist, will return to the Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library, Spring Valley, starting at 6:00pm in the children's library. The title of the performance is "Stories, Music, and a Ventriloquist Puppet Palooza!"

    Sandi taught herself ro be a ventriloquist by reading a library book about ventriloquism. Then she practiced alot and "Voila!" a career was born. This event is free and open to everyone that would like to attend a very entertaining program.


    April 23rd, 2015 Library Program
    Farm-acology: How your Health Can be Built from the Ground Up will be presented at 6:30 p.m. by Joy Kauffman. She will talk about the relationship between local foods, health and nutrition. Kauffman will be joined by Jacob Jameson of Walnut Custom Veggies and Katy Clarke of Edgewood Farms, an organic grower in Princeton. Princeton Public Library

    April 24th, 2015 Grace Performing Arts
    Legendary Chicago blues saxophonist Eddie Shaw and his band, The Wolf Gang, will appear at the Grace Performing Arts Center (Festival 56), 316 S. Main St., Princeton, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24. Tickets are available online at www.festival56.com, by calling 815-879-5656, ext. 11, or the night of the show (box office opens at 6:30 p.m.). Tickets are $15. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the event.
    Www.theprincetonlibrary.orgApril 20th, 2015
  • IDNR Site Safety Reminder: Mushroom collectors and other visitors to Illinois state parks, fish and wildlife areas, and other IDNR-managed sites with spring turkey hunting programs in April and May are reminded that hunting areas are closed to activities other than spring wild turkey hunting from one-half hour before sunrise until 1 p.m. daily during the spring turkey season. The turkey hunting area restrictions are in place for the safety of site visitors and hunters.
    Mushroom Collecting: No license is required for mushroom collecting in Illinois, but mushroom collectors always need landowner permission and, on public sites, must adhere to approved collecting regulations and hours. Collection of mushrooms is allowed in many IDNR state parks, fish and wildlife, and other recreation areas, but it is prohibited in any area designated as a dedicated nature preserve. Areas under the jurisdiction of the IDNR that offer spring turkey hunting are not open to mushroom collecting until after 1 p.m. daily to ensure the safety of all site visitors. Mushroom hunters are urged to call ahead to the state site they intend to visit to learn of any site-specific regulations regarding mushroom collecting.
    http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/recreation/Pages/default.aspx
    Recreation : State Parks & Outdoor RecreationThe Illinois State Parks, Great Parks Initiative was spearheaded by Illinois Department of Natural R...April 17th, 2015
  • Tonight Get your laughs at Ladd’s 125th Committee
    Laughing with Style
    Ladd Grade School’s gymnasium* (232 E. Cleveland St.) at 7 pm to listen as professional comedian Tracy DeGraaf, author of Laugh Anyway Mom brings humor to the everyday trials and tribulations of life as a woman, wife and mother of five boys!
    Get your tickets at:
    LaynaBella’s
    Ladd Village Hall
    Special Effects Beauty Salon
    or call Sandy Galetti -
    $15 per ticket (815 894-2954)
    April 17th, 2015
  • Thursday and Friday, April 16 & 17th events in Bureau County include the Friends of the Library Book Sale at the Princeton Library on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday (Bag Day) from 10 a.m. to 2 pm.
    Saturday is bag day for the sale. Shoppers can buy a bag of books for $5. Specially marked books are half-price. Also on this day, members of the Friends of the PPL get early bird access at 9:30 a.m.

    April 16th, 2015 Princeton Public Library “He Gave the World the Steel Plow: The John Deere Story” will be presented by Richard Morthland at 6:30 p.m. John Deere’s agricultural innovations, especially the self-scouring steel plow, monumentally impacted farming methods during the formative years of the U.S., making expansion into the vast prairies and plains of Middle America possible. Also Thursday, the Friends of the Library annual April book sale will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    Spring Valley Library Program
    The Life of Anne Frank will be presented at the Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library, Spring Valley, at 6:00pm. Historian, Jim Gibbons, will present this story of a young girl of faith, hope, relentless spirit, and wisdom beyond her years in the meeting room of the library. This is a free program that is open to the public.

    April 17th, 2015
    Ladd’s 125th Committee Laughing with Style at the Ladd Grade School’s gymnasium* (232 E. Cleveland St.) at 7 pm to listen as professional comedian Tracy DeGraaf, author of Laugh Anyway Mom brings humor to the everyday trials and tribulations of life as a woman, wife and mother of five boys! Get your tickets at: LaynaBella’s, Ladd Village Hall, Special Effects Beauty Salon, or call Sandy Galetti -$15 per ticket (815 894-2954)

    April 17th, 2015 Bluegrass Jam
    A bluegrass, country and gospel music jam will be held at the First Lutheran Church in Princeton from 6-10 p.m. Friday. Players and listeners are welcome. For info call 875-2057.
    April 16th, 2015
  • Saturday you can run, run, run to all of the fun events in Bureau County! After the run check out some of the local great food too.
    April 18th, 2015
    The St Margarets Hospital Habit for Health 10k Race and Fun/ Run Walk will be held in Spring Valley. Registration 7 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. West Pavilion Parking Lot of St. Margaret's Family Health Center 9 a.m. Details at: www.aboutsmh.org/habitforhealth

    “Portly Promenade” will follow the third annual Habit for Health 10K race, The event, organized by St.Margaret’s Foundation, seeks runners, spectators and those whose favorite sport is eating.
    The progressive lunch and card game will feature five Spring Valley-area restaurants, which will offer guests a free small order of a menu item they want to promote. The “Promenaders” will have the option at some locations to “Portly-size” their serving for a nominal price.
    Foundation volunteers at each location will give each participant a playing card, and the best hand at the end will win a cash prize. Participants will receive a T-shirt, a gift bag, a lunch and a chance to win. They may run, walk, drive, bike or skip to the host restaurants. The event is not a race. For more information, watch www.aboutsmh.org or call Frank at (815) 664-7268

    Spaghetti Dinner - The Spring Valley United Church of Christ will host its 31st annual spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the church hall. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 5-12. Preschoolers eat free. The menu will consist of spaghetti, salad, bread, butter, assorted homemade desserts and beverage. Tickets are available from church members or at the door. Carry-outs are available at no additional charge. The church is located at the corner of Erie and Power streets. Those attending are asked to use the west alley entrance.

    The Manlius Historical Society will have its annual drawdown from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Manlius Sportsman Club. In addition to the drawdown, a fish dinner will be served and there will be a 50/50, with a first prize of $1,000 and other prizes every 25 tickets pulled. Tickets are $20 per person and may purchased by calling Robert Andersen at 815-713-0251.
    Proceeds will be used for the continuing renovation of the historic First State Bank building, which turns 100 years old this year. Tickets or donations are tax deductible.The bank will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays from May 7 to Nov. 7 or by calling Robert Andersen for any other time.

    The LaMoille and Ohio athletic boosters will host a trivia night at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the LaMoille Lions Club. The cost is $100 per team. A team consists of 6-10 people. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place teams. To register a team, contact Brian Chasteen at 815-993-3031, Dee Hughes at 815-866-2226 or Kim Fahs at 815-303-7733. There will be silent auctions, raffles, cash beverages and snacks.

    Red Oak Church - P. Diddy and the Trustees will perform at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Red Oak United Methodist Church. The community is invited to come enjoy the musical program and then stay for a light meal for a freewill donation. The event is sponsored by the UMC Bureau County Cluster.

    April 18th, 2015 Vendor Fair
    The Dalzell Fire Department will hold a vendor bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18. There will be more than 45 vendors, free admission and fire truck rides, lunch concessions, a 50/50 drawing, raffles and door prizes
    St. Margaret's Health System | 1st Annual Habit For Health 10k & 1 Mile Fun Run/WalkPhysicians at St. Margaret’s Ear, Nose, & Throat Center perform a variety of medical and surgical ...April 16th, 2015
  • Here's Sunday April 19th events in Bureau County. Great Music all day long!
    The Wyanet United Methodist Church will host The Chosen Ones at 8:45 a.m. Sunday, April 19.

    The Bureau County Fair presents “A Tribute to George Strait Show” featuring Gordy and Debbie, one of Branson’s top duets from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in the Allen building at the fairgrounds. This show was the best Branson Horizon tribute show in 2013, they were the favorite duet musical group in both 2012 and 2013 and 2014. Tickets are $15 per person and includes the show and refreshments. Phone orders are available at 815-872-4453 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday to reserve tickets at the door.
    The show is a fundraiser to help purchase a new sound system for the fair exhibit halls, replacing a system that is 25 years old. Gary Swanson/GES sound is donating his services for the show and installation. The show is presented by the fair, GES Sound, and Ed and June Harmon.

    Continuing on April 20th, 2015
    Princeton Public Library will hold its annual Art Show Monday, April 6, through Friday, April 24. Artwork by local artists will be available for viewing throughout the library during standard business hours. This year’s exhibits includes quilts, sculptures, acrylics, photography and a special collection of agricultural photographs and prints belonging to John and Estelle Armendariz. The Armendariz collection is being shown thanks to the generosity of the Bureau County Antique Club.

    The theme of this year’s show is “Cultivating Our Community: Seeds of the HeART” to promote an understanding and appreciation that food and fiber can serve as artistic inspiration, and to celebrate the bounty of nature.
    The Princeton Public Library is located at 698 E. Peru Street, Princeton. All programs at the Princeton Public Library are free and open to all. For more information on upcoming programs and on Princeton Public Library services, go to www.theprincetonlibrary.org or call 815-875-1331.


    April 20th, 2015 Monday night Movie
    Princeton Public Library -Monday night movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature a drifter and retired gunfighter who rides into a conflict between the cattleman and a settler family. He comes to the assistance of the settlers who are bring terrorized by the cattleman and his hired hand. The drifter and the settlers take on the cattleman in a battle over the land. But the cattleman sends for a gunslinger, and the battle continues.
    April 16th, 2015
  • Kayak fishing is rapidly becoming a huge sport. There are some members of the Illinois Kayak Angler group on Facebook that are interested in holding a tournament. I think The Hennepin Canal would be a fantastic venue for this type of event. I'm hoping some interested parties will assist me in trying to getting other interested parties together to discuss specifics, hopefully something will come of this.April 15th, 2015
  • I'm hosting a Munzee event to coincide with the 5th Annual Z Tour if anyone would like to participate I will be deploying special munzees with special icon as well as a special badge. Following is a link to the Munzee calendar to mark that you're attending so download the free Munzee app and have fun.

    http://calendar.munzee.com/ZTOUR5/

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    Munzee Event - 5th Annual Z TourApril 14th, 2015
  • Sunset Ridge MX Track opens today, Saturday April 11th, gates open at 6 and signup opens at 7. Get here early and avoid the lines because the rider's meeting starts at 8am sharp with practice immediately following. See you in the A.M...April 11th, 2015
  • TODAY @ Library Cafe at PPL (Princeton Public Library) FROM 10 UNTIL 3 ~ Tractor Show
    Tractor Show (with the Bureau Valley Antique Club) in the PPL parking lot. Tractors, Small Engines, Rope Making & Cookout.
    April 11th, 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