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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

  • The Corn Belt guys have been great help hanging many of the Barn Quilts of Bureau County

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    Many, many thanks to Corn Belt Energy and Gary, Mike, and David!

    October 24th 2014Go to status update

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    So, moving beyond our current map...Carol and Richard Haas, 25749 2600N Ave., Ohio

    October 24th 2014Go to status update
  • Here's the short version of the events in Bureau County for the 24th through the 26th of Oct. Print it out so you don't miss anything!!
    See our web page www.bureaucounty-il.com for the full event info
    Fall Luncheon -The Immaculate Conception Church fall luncheon will be held Friday with serving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Fall Family Night -St. Louis School PTO is sponsoring a Fall Family Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

    October 24th, 2014 -- October 25th, 2014 Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road Haunted Attraction at Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W Peru Street, Princeton. 7pm to 9:30 p.m.

    Safe House Animal Rescue League is hosting a Hair Ball from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday at the Bureau County Metro Center.

    A benefit in support of the Landrus family will be Oct. 25 at the Princeton Elks Lodge.
    Saturday Events-----
    Lion's Club Halloween Parade 1 p.m. Downtown Spring Valley. Echo Bluff - Fright Night Trail of Terror (or Pumpkin Patch Trail for the youngsters) & Ghostly Paintball 6:30 to 10:00.

    Halloween Hustle 5k Walk/Run - 9 a.m. at Ladd Grade School.
    The annual Hall Ringneck Pheasant Youth Hunt will be held at Hickory Grove Hunt Club.

    Scarecrow Days in downtown Princeton. Fall shopping specials and lots of scarecrows along Main street. 11 a.m. Costume Contest and Parade at Soldier and Sailors Park. 12:00
    Pumpkin Races on Marion St, 1-3 p.m. Pumpkins in the Pool at the Metro Center. The Prairie Arts council will offer free kids crafts, face painting and refreshments from 1-4 p.m. at the Prairie Arts Center, 24 Park Ave E. 3-5 p.m. Trunk or Treat at the Metro Center Parking Lot. 5 p.m. Helicopter Candy Drop and Fireworks at Hundred Acres Orchard.

    A Quarter Auction fundraiser will be held Saturday at the Princeton Moose Lodge, 1339 N. Euclid Ave. in Princeton. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

    The Honey Dewdrops, from the Blue Ridge foothills, will make their first appearance at The Princeton Coffeehouse. 7:30 p.m.

    The Sauk Trail Gun Collectors Show & Sale will be held at Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W Peru St, Princeton on Sat. & Sunday - Doors open 8:30 a.m. each day.

    Sunday
    The Ladd Recreation Board will sponsor a Halloween costume parade and party from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. parade will line up at 11:45 a.m. in North Central Bank's parking lot and proceed south on Main Street to Ladd's Community Center where hot dogs, chips and cookies will be served to the children.

    Christian Concert - The Kramers will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Walnut Community Bible Church. There will be a dinner at 6 p.m.
    The First United Methodist Church, 316 S Church St in Princeton will hold a Trunk or Treat from 2-4 p.m.

    One more night has been added for Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road - Sunday, Oct 26th with doors opening at 7 p.m. Your last chance to get scared for 2014!

    October 24th 2014Go to status update

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    It's next Friday ! Princeton friends, can you help me spread the word ? Please? -- with Kelly Zupec and 21 others.

    October 23rd 2014Go to status update
  • There are a ton of activities this Saturday and Sunday in Bureau county - please read the whole list and participate when you can! Ashton's Hike
    A benefit in support of the Landrus family is being planned for Oct. 25 at the Princeton Elks Lodge. Their son Ashton spent several weeks in the hospital and the family has a lot of medical expenses. There will be a live band, taco bar and live/silent auctions. Ashton's aunt, Beth Ann Wyatt, is spearheading the event.
    The monies raised will assist the family in getting back to their normal life. Donations can be made to Central Bank in Princeton for the Landrus family.

    October 25th, Lion's Club Halloween Parade 1 p.m. Downtown Spring Valley. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. St. Margaret's Billing Parking Lot. Participants will parade to Mini-Park

    October 25th, 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 www.echobluff.org

    October 25th, 2014 Bake Sale. The Ladies of St. George Orthodox Church in Spring Valley will hold their annual fall bake sale from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 25 in the church hall, 212 E. Minnesota St. Lebanese and Greek pastries will be featured along with American fare. To order ahead, 815-223-7317 or 815-663-5451 on or before Oct. 25.

    October 25th, 2014 A Quarter Auction fundraiser will be held Saturday at the Princeton Moose Lodge, 1339 N. Euclid Ave. in Princeton. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for a chicken buffet and the auction will start at 7 p.m. The cost of the buffet is $8.95. The first 50 guests to the quarter auction will receive a free gift. The event will also include a 50/50 and raffles. All proceeds will benefit Moose charities.

    October 25th, 2014 Princeton Coffeehouse
    The Honey Dewdrops, from the Blue Ridge foothills, will make their first appearance at The Princeton Coffeehouse. Their down-to-earth, real-life approach to music has touched audiences broadly and brought them to high profile stages such as A Prairie Home Companion and gained them Folk Radio notoriety with two #1 albums.

    The Princeton Coffeehouse has been host to some of North America's best acoustic musicians for 20 years. Located at Open Prairie UCC Church in the rural community of Princeton, The Coffeehouse is an intimate venue notable for its diverse calendar. Shows are held monthly, typically on the 4th Saturday, except for the months of June, July & December. All performances begin at 7:30 PM, with doors opening at 7:00 PM, at 25 E. Marion St., Princeton, Illinois.

    October 25th, 2014 Pheasants Forever
    The annual Hall Ringneck Pheasant Youth Hunt will be held at Hickory Grove Hunt Club. Call Eric to register at 815-646-4844

    October 25th, 2014 Scarecrow Days in downtown Princeton. Fall shopping specials and lots of scarecrows along Main street. 11 a.m. Costume Contest and Parade at Soldier and Sailors Park. 12:00 Pumpkin Races on Marion St, 1-3 p.m. Pumpkins in the Pool at the Metro Center. The Prairie Arts council will offer free kids crafts, face painting and refreshments from 1-4 p.m. at the Prairie Arts Center, 24 Park Ave E. 3-5 p.m. Trunk or Treat at the Metro Center Parking Lot. 5 p.m. Helicopter Candy Drop and Fireworks at Hundred Acres Orchard. Haunted Attraction, Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road from 7 pm til 9:30 p.m. at Bureau Co Fairgrounds.

    October 25th, 2014 -- October 26th, 2014 The Sauk Trail Gun Collectors Show & Sale will be held at Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W Peru St, Princeton on Sat. & Sunday - Doors open 8:30 a.m. each day. Buy, Sell, Trade. Free parking, concessions in building.

    October 25th, 2014 Pumpkin Race The Optimist Club of Princeton will host the third annual Pumpkin Races at noon Saturday, Oct. 25 in downtown Princeton. Dick Volker is calling on people of all ages, from all over the county and beyond, to pick out their perfect pumpkin and get it ready for this smashing event.

    Similar to a soap box derby, the pumpkin races will feature all shapes and sizes as the pumpkin cars are raced down the track to see who has built this year's fastest pumpkin. The race tracks will be set up on the corner of Main and Marion streets, between the Clark House and Brandy's Hallmark Store.

    The entry fee is three canned goods for each pumpkin entry, which will be donated to the Bureau County Food Pantry. Participants are welcome to enter as many racers as they wish. In the past two years, this event has been able to raise close to 300 pounds of food for the local pantry. There will be $10 given to the winner of each heat. The person with the best decorated pumpkin will also receive $10.

    A referee will be on site to make sure each pumpkin entered into the race is playing fair and square. If a pumpkin doesn't meet the qualifications for the race, it will be deemed a "cheater pumpkin" and will be smashed by the police officer with his heavy-duty mallet. Rules include: No motors on pumpkins; real pumpkins only can be entered; wheel axles must go through the pumpkin; and no extra weight can be added to the pumpkin. Wheels and axles can be purchased at Walmart, Gustafson Ace Hardware, Tractor Supply Co. or by calling 815-303-8396. Halloween costumes are encouraged at this event.

    October 25th, 2014 Halloween Hustle 5k Walk/Run - 9 a.m. at Ladd Grade School. Race sponsored by the Ladd Community Education & Enrichment Foundation to benefit Ladd Grade School.

    October 26th, 2014 Halloween Party The Ladd Recreation Board will sponsor a Halloween costume parade and party from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Children and grandchildren of Ladd residents are invited to participate. The parade will line up at 11:45 a.m. in North Central Bank's parking lot and proceed south on Main Street to Ladd's Community Center where hot dogs, chips and cookies will be served to the children. Halloween-themed activities and treats are planned. In case of inclement weather, all activities will be held inside the Community Center.

    October 26th, 2014 Christian concert The Kramers will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Walnut Community Bible Church. There will be a dinner at 6 p.m. A love offering will be received. The Kramers are a family music group featuring Christian music. They are based in central Illinois and travel throughout the country sharing their music.

    October 26th, 2014 Trunk or Treat
    The First United Methodist Church, 316 S Church St in Princeton will hold a Trunk or Treat from 2-4 p.m. All kids are invited to come in their costumes and get treats in the pariking lot. For more info call 872-2821. Costume contest, photo booth, face painting and more!

    Oct 24- October 26th, 2014 Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road
    One more night has been added for Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road - Sunday, Oct 26th with doors opening at 7 p.m. Your last chance to get scared for 2014!

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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!

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

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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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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 www.echobluff.org
    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 www.nightmareonfairgroundsroad.com.

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  • 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. www.bureaucounty-il.com
    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 http://www.illinoisvalleytoyrun.com/ or ivcruiser@aol.com.

    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 www.sunsetridgemx.com 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!

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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