The 43rd Annual Homestead Festival comes to you in only

*All Events Subject to Change

Saturday Events - September 13th, 2014

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 Committee Window Displays are a great opportunity for area collectors, historians, businesses, organizations or clubs to promote themselves and to display any hidden talents or treasures. The theme for the display contest this year is "To Be Announced".

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Underground Railroad 5K Race 7:00AM


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

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


Heartland Bank & Trust turns the bank parking lot off Pleasant Street into the place for family fun with your kids. A variety of games and prizes.

Heartland Fun Fair will again provide a Saturday morning of fun during Homestead weekend! Come and join in a morning of family fun!!!

Unlimited Play---only $3.00
(Maximum $10 per family)

Princeton Police will be featuring Fingerprinting & Drug Dog!

Raffle Sign Up!

All Proceeds benefit the Zearing Child Enrichment Center

*In case of rain, the event will be held at St. Louis Gym

Princeton High School Tours 9:00AM - 11:00AM


Hey Tiger fans and Tiger Alumni, here is your chance to take a peek inside of today's PHS.

Make it with Lard Pie Baking Contest 9:00AM & 12:00PM


Make it with Lard Pie Baking ContestIf you desire participating make sure you have your pie delivered to Soldiers and Sailors Park by 9:00 a.m. All pies will be auctioned off at Noon.

Stamp Cancellation 9:00AM - 12:00PM


Post Office

Visit Soldiers and Sailors Park for the Princeton Post Office's yearly Special Homestead Stamp Cancellation. The stamp will contain the 2014 theme "To Be Announced".

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 815-875-4330 or lindconnie@yahoo.com.

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Princeton Park District Skate Park Competition 10:00AM


Princeton Park District Skate Park CompetitionThis competition is held at Alexander Park and includes youth and adult categories. Prizes, music and spectators make this an entertaining and exciting event.


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


Owen Lovejoy Homestead ToursImmerse yourself in one of our community's most defining historical landmarks with a free tour of the Lovejoy Homestead all weekend long.

A Former Station on the Underground Railroad, the Lovejoy Homestead was the home of the Denham and Lovejoy families for nearly 100 years. Reverend Lovejoy was its most famous resident and occupied the house from 1838 until his death in 1864. For additional information visit their website at www.lovejoyhomestead.com.

Prairie Arts Center Exhibit 12:00PM - 5:00PM


Barry MaywormPrairie Arts Center Gallery

View the colorful and magical watercolor art work of Barry Mayworm.

Barry is a new, emerging artist from Princeton, Illinois. He is developing his own unique style called the "mottled look" which uses marks of various colors and textures to create expressive and enduring images.

Barry's art includes landscapes and florals that celebrate the beauty of nature. He also paints cityscapes, which illustrate Prairie Arts Center the architecture and vitality of our cities, such as his rendition of our historic Apollo Theater shown above. Barry is a perpetual student of art, always exploring new and interesting ways of creating art.

Mr. Mayworm's exhibit can be enjoyed at the Prairie Arts Center, located at 24 Park Avenue East here in Princeton, just off the southeast corner of Soldiers and Sailors Park.

Please visit www.theprairieartscouncil.org for more information about our friends at the PAC.

Bureau County Pork Producers BBQ 10:30AM - 5:30PM


Bureau County Pork Producers BBQFor over 30 years the Bureau County Pork producers have been serving specially seasoned butterfly pork chops and pork burgers under the tent at Soldiers and Sailors Park. Cooked on an open grill by dozens of volunteer members, it is a once a year special taste. Join us and enjoy the flavor thousands of Homestead Festival visitors return to savor year after year.

Make sure you make a trip down to Soldiers and Sailors Park on either Saturday & Sunday to savor a delicious butterfly pork chop sandwich and pork dinner, you won't regret it!

Helicopter Rides 12:00PM - Sunset


Helicopter RidesAllow Pilot Chris Kieffer to take you above and beyond for more thrills and excitement at the 43rd Annual Homestead Festival. No more than 3 at a time so pick and choose your flying partners wisely. Enjoy the view of Homestead Festival from above and give your kids the thrill of a lifetime. Helicopter rides will begin at noon and end at sunset at Sullivan's parking lot for $30 per person. This awesome addition to Homestead Festival is sponsored by Nelson Enterprises with them donating back $5 of each ride.

Homestead Festival Parade 1:30PM


Homestead Festival ParadeCome and celebrate the 43rd Bureau County Homestead Festival! We are proud to present this community parade in cooperation with the lead couples and the parade committee. More than 7,000 people are expected to cluster Princeton's Main Street.

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

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Festival 56 Presents 'Hometown' Anonymous 4:00PM & 7:30PM


Presents 'Hometown' Anonymous. Festival 56 presents a play based on stories submitted by community residents. A humorous glimpse into small town living.

Blues Concert 4:30PM - 6:30PM


Blues Concert Featuring Maurice John VaughnEnjoy Maurice John Vaughn at Alexander Park from 4:30PM-6:30PM. Food, beverage and spirits will be available through the Princeton Park District.

Additional information about Maurice John Vaughn can be found on our Concerts Page.

Jaycees Bags Tournament6:00PM


Registration at 5:30PM

Beer Garden will be open with entertainment provided by WAJK. Cash Prizes!

The Homestead Talent Showcase 7:30PM


The Bureau County Homestead Festival Talent showcase will be held Saturday, Septemer 14th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 15th at 2:00 p.m. Performances will be held at the Prairie Arts Center on the Courthouse circle in Princeton.

The vocal stylings of Ann Field Williams, Charles Gebeck, Gwen Holmes and Tara Kunkel will be featured. The cabaret style concert will also include comedy segments by the show's host and hostess, Bill and Dorothy Nelson. The Nelsons will also perform a few vocal numbers. The many familiar tunes will in many ways reflect the festival theme, "It's Good to Be Home." Accompanying the vocalists will be Kathy Allen and Charles Gebeck.

Tickets can be reserved by phoning the Prairie Arts Center at 815-875-ARTS (2787) and following the prompts. Tickets are $10.00 per person.

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Jaycees Beer Garden and Entertainment 9:00PM - 1:00AM


Jaycees Beer Garden and EntertainmentStick around Saturday and enjoy your favorite 80's hits from Hairbanger's Ball! Additional information about Hairbanger's Ball 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.

  • 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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  • Maurice John Vaughn
    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


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