The 44th Annual Homestead Festival comes to you in only

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Saturday Events - September 12th, 2015

Please take a look at all the wonderful and exciting events we have planned for the second day of our annual Homestead Festival. We are sure you will find something that will entertain each and every one of you.

Location maps can be seen by clicking the location link at the top of each event listing.


Window Displays All Day


Homestead Festival Window DisplaysTake a stroll down our Historic Main Street to view our themed window displays. Our business districts, both north and south will take you down memory lane with "Fields of Dreams." Contest winners will be announced during the Friday Festival announcements.

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Underground Railroad 5K Race 7:00AM Registration, 8:00AM Start


Underground Railroad 5K RaceOur 23rd annual 5K Race/Walk. The race begins and ends at the Bureau County Metro Center. Registration at 7:00am, Kiddie Fun Run at 8:00am and main race starts at 8:30am. 837 Park Avenue West. Lace em up!

For More information about the Underground Railroad 5K, please follow the link below!

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Children's Fun Fair 9:00AM - 11:00AM


Get the kids off the couch, skip the Saturday morning cartoons and come out for the fun. Games, prizes, laughter and most of all a great time. 606 South Main Street (Pleasant Street Parking Lot).

Princeton High School Tours 9:00AM - 12:00PM


Princeton High School ToursHey Tiger fans and Tiger alumni, here is your chance to take a peek at PHS. Tours available from 9:00am to 11:00am.

Go Big Blue!

Pie Baking Contest 9:00AM


Make it with Lard Pie Baking ContestShowcase your skill. Bring your contest entry to Soldiers and Sailors Park by 9:00am. No entry fee. Bring some dough, the pie auction starts at noon! Lard not required.

Stamp Cancellation 9:00AM - 12:00PM


Post Office

Don't forget to get your special Homestead Festival 2015 postage stamp cancellation. Princeton Post Office. Stop in between 9:00am and 12:00pm on Saturday.

Beta Sigma Phi Arts & Crafts Show 9:00AM - 6:00PM


Beta Sigma Phi Arts & Crafts ShowMake sure to make a stop at the Court House to discover a plethora of beautiful, one of a kind creations from a variety of arts & crafts vendors covering the lawn. There you will find a vast selection of homemade jewelry, candles, woodwork, handmade clothing, home decor and much more!

For additional information and to secure a space please contact Connie Lind at 815-878-5900 or homestead_arts_crafts@yahoo.com.

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Princeton Public Library Tour 10:00AM - 12:00PM


Princeton Public Library TourPrinceton Public Library will be open Homestead Saturday, September 12th, from 10 am to noon. Local history resources such as city directories and PHS yearbooks will be available for perusal in our Local History Room and staff members will be on hand to give tours of the building for anyone who has not had the opportunity to visit Princeton's beautiful library facility since its relocation from the Matson Public Library building in 2007. Princeton Public Library is located at 698 E. Peru Street.

For additional information visit the Princeton Public Library website at www.www.princetonpl.org.

Owen Lovejoy Homestead Tours 10:00AM - 12:00PM & 3:00PM - 5:00PM


Owen Lovejoy Homestead ToursFree tours of the Owen Lovejoy Homestead continue today. Learn some Homestead history without the quiz! Tours available 10:00am to 12:00pm and again from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

For additional information visit their website at www.lovejoyhomestead.com.

Bureau County 4-H Clubs BBQ 10:30AM - 5:30PM


Bureau County 4-H Clubs BBQButtery pork chops/dinner at Soldiers and Sailors Park. Saturday serving hours are 10:30am to 5:30pm. Drive thru from noon-5:00 PM across from the Fairgrounds on Peru St. Don't miss out!

Helicopter Rides 12:00PM - Sunset


Helicopter RidesSee the 2015 Homestead Festival from the sky! Lift off from Sullivan's parking lot. $30 per person. It is a chance of a lifetime. Bring a friend! Departures from 12:00pm to Sunset.

Homestead Festival Parade 1:30PM


Homestead Festival ParadeSeveral thousand people will once again line Princeton's Historic Main Street for the signature event of the weekend! Over 120 entries are expected to make the 1 mile trek from the north end to the south end of Princeton. Entries include the South Shore Drill Team, , The Jesse White Tumblers and of course, the Class of 1992. Parade starts at 1:30p but the lawn chairs start to appear on Friday!

For More information about the Homestead Festival Parade, please follow the link below!

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South Shore Drill Team 3:30PM


South Shore Drill TeamAlways a festival favorite, we are proud to have the exciting and amazingly talented South Shore Drill Team back once again. Don't miss the opportunity to watch their post parade performance scheduled for 3:30PM in the Bureau County Sheriff's Department parking lot.

South Shore Drill Team uses the performing arts to engage inner-city youth throughout their critical teenage years, mitigate the dangers of gangs, drugs, and violence, and guide members towards completing their education and becoming responsible citizens.

Please visit www.southshoredrillteam.org for more information about these wonderful performers!

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Big Jim & the Chicago Playboys Blues Concert 4:30PM - 6:30PM


Blues Concert Featuring James ArmstrongNew for 2015! Food, beverages, and spirits provided by Princeton Park District. Get your blues on from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

Additional information about Big Jim & the Chicago Playboys can be found on our Concerts Page.

Jaycees Bags Tournament6:00PM


Jaycees Bags TournamentProve your skill! Cash prizes! Beer Garden will be open. Grab your partner and get to Darius Miller Park . $20 to Play! Cash prizes with a 100% payout!

Registration at 5:30PM, Bags Fly at 6:00PM

Must be 21 to play!

Jaycees Beer Garden featuring Mike & Joe 5:00PM - 1:00AM


Jaycees Beer Garden and EntertainmentStick around Saturday and enjoy your favorite modern rock hits from Mike and Joe! Additional information about Mike & Joe can be found on our Concerts Page.

The Princeton Jaycees are very excited to have two great bands with great followings at their beer gardens this year. The Beer Garden will feature Budweiser and Barcardi and will be held rain or shine. There is a $5.00 cover charge so come enjoy the music at this annual event.

$5 Cover Charge. Must be 21 to Enter!

  • 50/50 Raffle
    Buy a chance to win Big Bucks and help support the Homestead Festival!
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  • PJWC Baby Contest
    Make sure to get your little one entered into the PJWC Annual baby Contest. A Festival favorite!
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  • BBQ Rib Cook OFF
    Sunday event with a $30 entry fee. Ribs only cooked on site. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes.
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  • Big Jim & the Chicago Playboys
    BLUES CONCERT @ Alexander Park Sat. 4:30PM-6:30PM Food, beverage and spirits available.
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  • Jaycees Beer Garden
    Darius Miller Park
    Gates Open 8pm / Close 1am
    Music & Entertainment at 8:30pm

Stop by the PHS Alumni Tent on the Frontier lawn next to the Prouty Building and receive a FREE gift! Friday night, Saturday morning and Sunday during the car show!



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