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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

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    BCUW Board of Director's Hold's 1st Celebrity Trivia Night on Saturday, November 8th @ @[345158532173415:274:Princeton Elks Lodge]! EVERY ROUND HAS A WINNER! Call BCUW office to register @ 815-872-0821! Proceeds go to support the 14 health and human service agencies in Bureau County!

    October 21st 2014Go to status update

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    Stop by and see your friends tonight at Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road until 9:30 PM.

    October 19th 2014Go to status update

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    Spending our day today at the Illinois Corn Pickers Reunion in Walnut, IL! Watching farmers pick corn like they did 50 years ago. Really cool event!

    October 18th 2014Go to status update
  • History buffs will love to visit the Cornpicker's Reunion Saturday and Sunday. The 6th annual Cornpickers Reunion will be held north of Walnut on the Bolz farm on Fri and Sat. Oct 17 & 18 with 60-65 antique two row corn pickers of all makes and models picking the 80 acre field of corn. A big feature this year will be the Peterson Farm Brothers providing entertainment. Greg Peterson, the oldest of the three Peterson Farm Brothers, from Assaria, Kan., is scheduled to appear both days at the reunion. The Walnut Rotary Club will have food available on the grounds both days.
    Larkey farms the John Bolz farm in rural Walnut, and that farm and Larkey will host the biannual Cornpickers Reunion this year.

    "We'll have up to 60 cornpickers, and we're expecting around 2,000 people during the two days," Larkey said.


    October 17th 2014Go to status update
  • Be prepared to get scared at Fright Night at Echo Bluff or at Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road in Princeton.
    October 18th, 2014
    Fright Night Trail of Terror (or Pumpkin Patch Trail for the youngsters) & Ghostly Paintball Attack, $5 each Per Living Soul; Children Under 6 Free. 6:30 - 10 p.m. Details at FRIGHT NIGHT
    October 17th, 2014 -- October 18th, 2014
    Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road -Haunted Attraction at Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W Peru Street, Princeton. Buildings full of lasting nightmares, plus the Hayrack ride, Mummies Café, bonfire and ghoulish delights. Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road again transforms the Bureau County Fairgrounds in Princeton into your darkest nightmares Fridays and Saturdays, running through Oct. 25.

    From 7 to 9:30 p.m. (when the last ticket is sold), it's your worst nightmare in the main haunt. The event features live actors, animated props and the unexpected around every corner. Admission is $8 per person, but for those who don't have time to kill, the speed pass is $10, and allows you to go to the front of the line. Don't forget to fill up at Mummies Eatery, ride the hayracks, and get your blood warmed back up at the bonfire.

    As part of the Halloween fun, Bureau County paranormal investigator and author David Youngquist of Tiskilwa will discuss his books about actual ghosts and ghost stories in our own county.

    Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road is a production of the Bureau County Fair, Routes 6 & 34 West, 811 W. Peru St. in Princeton. For compete details, visit

    October 16th 2014Go to status update
  • Here's some fun events happening in Bureau County from Oct 16th through the 18th. Be sure to check our webpage for many more events that have been listed for the rest of the year.
    October 16th, 2014 -- October 18th, 2014
    Thursday, October 16, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friends of the Library Book Sale & on Friday, October 17, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Princeton Public Library

    October 16th, 2014 -- October 17th, 2014
    St Margaret's Auxiliary will hold a book fair from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m to 2 p.m Friday in the hospital's lower lobby. For more info call 664-1130

    Poetry Night
    Friday, October 17 @ 7:00 p.m. Poetry Night at Four and Twenty Café, 420 S. Main St, Princeton. Read your own work, read another poet's work, or just come to listen. Complimentary coffee and tea; other items available for purchase.

    October 18th, 2014 Steak Fry
    Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Manlius will hold its annual steak supper on Oct. 18. Doors will open at 4 p.m. with serving beginning at 4:30 p.m. Carry-outs will be available. Serving will continue until 7 p.m. or until the food is gone. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children under age 10. Tickets sales will begin at 4:15 p.m.

    New this year, Trinity's Women's Group, sponsors of the supper, will offer a chance to do a little shopping with the addition of the Gifts & Goodies Boutique. The boutique will house baked goods and various craft and gift items by Trinity members. Wrapping paper, cards and decorations will be available in the booth hosted by Trinity's Youth. Trinity's Lutheran World Relief Quilters will host a quilt raffle and the winners will be drawn after the supper.The church is located at the edge of Manlius off Backbone Road. For more information, call 815-445-2073.

    The People Church, 3525 N. Main St., Princeton, will hold its 2014 Christmas craft vendor show from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The event will also include a bake sale, a free hand-made snowflake ornament for the first 50 shoppers and vendor bingo.
    Vendor Fair
    The Dalzell Fire Department will host its fifth annual vendor bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event, which will feature 30-plus vendors, free admission, food, raffles and a 50/50 drawing, will be held rain or shine.

    Photography Contest & Show
    Photography Unlimited Camera Club is hosting a Photography Contest (for non-members) on Sat. Oct. 18th from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. at the Bureau County Republican meeting room in Princeton.

    The Covered Bridge Chorus is preparing for its annual fall show at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Christ Community Church. This year's show, Heritage of Harmony, will be a collection of well-known barbershop harmony songs as well as several newer songs. The Pride of Peoria Chorus will join the concert. Robert Click is the emcee.

    Princeton Lions Club will be hosting the 10th annual Illinois Valley Toy Run Sunday Oct. 19 at Soldiers & Sailors Park on S. Main St. in Princeton starting at 10 a.m.The entry fee will be a $10 new and unwrapped toy for either boy or girl at any age. There will be a 50/50 raffle benefiting the Buddy Bag Program,door prizes, a free 5x7 picture of your car, 40 mile round trip countryside cruise and food and drinks provided by the Princeton Boy Scouts. If you need any more information please call (815)643-2040 or visit or

    Flea Market
    A flea market will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Bureau County Fairgrounds. Admission is $1. Antiques, collectibles, and new and vintage items will be available. Parking is free, and a food stand and restroom are available.

    Sunset Ridge MX
    Sunset Ridge Motorcross Track - Walnut, IL Motorcross Motorcyle Race & Quad Racing see for track conditions

    October 16th 2014Go to status update

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    This Is awesome , imagine what she has seen accomplished in 106 years!

    October 16th 2014Go to status update

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    o John the Barber /Cherry Country Store "Halloween Party & Open House:" Sunday October 19, 2014 10:00 a.m. - noon. Cherry Country Store. ALL kids from all communities are welcome! Games, grafts, hot dogs...take a free pumpkin from the John the Barber pumpkin patch!

    October 15th 2014Go to status update
  • Festival 56 presents "Simply Patsy" at the Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S Main St, Princeton on Sat. Oct 18th at 7:30 p.m. Mary Pfeifer will perform the songs of the late and legendary musical perfomer Patsy Cline. Tickets are $18. Call 815-879-5656 for info.
    October 13th 2014Go to status update

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    "Dueling Piano's" Musical and Comical Show November 21, 2014 at Cherry Church Hall. Fundraiser for Holy Trinity Cherry. Awesome professional show that draws sell-out crowds around the country. Do something Great and take senior shut in or someone new to your neighborhood!

    October 11th 2014Go to status update
  • Photography Contest Oct. 18th
    The Photography Unlimited Camera Club of Princeton is sponsoring a photography contest on Sat. Oct. 18th. Anyone interested in photography is invited to participate.
    Entries are to be taken to the Bureau Co Republican meeting room on Sat. Oct. 11th from 9 a.m. to noon. Following the judging the photographs will be available for viewing on Sat. Oct. 18th from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the BCR.

    The photos can be black and white or colored prints - no larger than 8 x 10 - with any subject matter. The prints should be mounted on poster board (no frames). The age groups for judging are 6 to 12 years, 13 to 19 years, and 20 years and older. The entry fee is $3 and there is a limit of 5 photos that can be entered. Ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded. For information call Danny at (309)883-3929 or Mike (815) 872-8831. Camera club members will not be competing.

    October 9th 2014Go to status update

  • Tiskilwa Historical Society Hosts "The Irish in America" Musical Program on October 13
    The fascinating journey of nineteenth-century Irish "From Auld Sod to New Prairie" in America will be recounted in songs and stories by Kaneville musician Lee Murdock on Monday evening, October 13.  B

    October 8th 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