The 44th 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 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 'Back in the Day'. Contest winners will be announced during the Friday Festival announcements.

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 RaceOur annual 5K Race/Walk. The race begins and ends at the Bureau County Metro Center. Registration at 7:00AM and race starts at 8:00AMant the Bureau County Metro Center, 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


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


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

Go Big Blue!

Pie Baking Contest 9:00AM & 12:00PM


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

Visit the Princeton Post Office for their yearly Special Homestead Stamp Cancellation. The stamp will contain the 2015 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 Public Library Tour 10:00AM - 12:00PM


Princeton Public Library TourPrinceton Public Library will be open Homestead Saturday, September 13, 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 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.

Richard Widmark Biography & Exhibit 10:00AM - 2:00PM


Richard Widmark Biography & Exhibit The Prairie Arts Center will present a biography of Richard Widmark as seen on 'Biography: Strength of Characters'. A moderator will be available to discuss the biography as well as the Widmark posters and memorabilia which will be available for viewing in the West Gallery..

Location: 24 Park Avenue West Time: Saturday and Sunday from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. Biography and exhibit are free!

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

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


Bureau County 4-H Clubs BBQBureau County 4-H Clubs be serving 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!

NEW THIS YEAR: Bureau County 4-H Clubs will also be having a drive-thru across from the Fairgrounds on Peru Street from 11:00AM - 5:00PM. They will be serving pork chop sandwiches, chips, and drinks.

Helicopter Rides 12:00PM - Sunset


Helicopter RidesSee the Homestead Festival from the sky! Allow Pilot Chris Kieffer to take you above and beyond for more thrills and excitement at the 44th 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 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 1/2 mile trek from the north end to the south end of Princeton. Entries include the South Shore Drill Team, Those Funny Little People, The Jesse White Tumblers and of course, the Class of 1992. Parade starts at 1:30PM 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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Blues Concert 4:30PM - 6:30PM


Blues Concert Featuring James ArmstrongNew for 2014! Born in Los Angeles, California, Armstrong formed his first band in the seventh grade and by the age of 17 he was touring the country. Food, beverages and spirits provided by Princeton Park District. Get your 'blues on' from 4:30PM to 6:30PM.

Additional information about James Armstrong can be found on our Concerts Page.

Jaycees Bags Tournament6:30PM


Jaycees Bags TournamentProve your skill! Cash prizes! Beer Garden will be open. Grab your partner and get to Darius Miller Park. Cash prizes! Bags fly at 6:30PM.

Registration at 5:30PM

Jaycees Beer Garden featuring Hairbanger's Ball 8:00PM - 12:30AM


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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  • James Armstrong
    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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