The 46th Annual Homestead Festival comes to you in only

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Friday Events - September 8th, 2017

Please take a look at all the wonderful and exciting events we have planned for the first 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 Display Contest All Day


Homestead Festival Window DisplaysTake a stroll down our Historic Main Street to view our themed window displays. 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 "TBA".

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Bureau County Historical Society Museum Tours 1:00PM - 4:00PM


The Bureau County Historical Society MuseumTour the Clark-Norris Home and the Newell-Bryant House. 109 Park Avenue West. 1:00pm to 5:00pm

For additional information visit the Bureau County Historical Society Website.

Owen Lovejoy Homestead Tours 1:00PM - 5:00PM


Owen Lovejoy Homestead ToursBuilt in 1837 and designated a National Landmark in 1997, this piece of Princeton history will fascinate you. The Lovejoy Home served as an Underground Railroad station in the 1850s'. East Peru Street. Free Tour 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

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

Pulled Pork Barbecue Dinner
and Ice Cream Social 5:00PM - 9:00PM


Bring your appetite as the Princeton Junior Womens Club will be serving pulled pork barbeque dinners and hosting the annual ice cream social. You'll find them under the tent at Soldiers and Sailors Park. Get there before they sell out! 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

Bureau County Chorus 5:30PM - 6:15PM


Bring your lawn chairs, sit back and relax to the sounds of the Bureau County Chorus. Soldiers and Sailors Park. 5:30pm to 6:15pm.

Prairie Arts Council Exhibit "Art in Agriculture"6:00AM - 9:00PM


Exhibit featuring Princeton History Artifacts and Photos.

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

Twilight Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides 6:00PM - 9:00PM


Maybe a stroll down our Historic Main Street is too much work. If so, stop by Soldiers and Sailors Park and hop on our horse powered wagon. Arrivals and departures from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Jaycees Co-Ed Bags Tournament6:00PM


Jaycees Bags TournamentProve your skill! Cash prizes! Beer Garden will be open. Grab your Co-Ed partner and get to Darius Miller Park . $10 to Play! Cash prizes with a 50% payout!

Proceeds to benefit community projects and the Princeton Jaycees Kurt Garvin Memorial Scholarship.

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

Must be 21 to play!

Homestead Festival Announcements 6:15PM


Princeton Junior Womens Club Baby Contest Winners, Window Display Contest Winners, Steering Committee Introductions and Grand Marshal Introduction. Soldiers and Sailors Park. 6:15pm.

Rain-out location:Bureau County Fairgrounds


"Black Top Hop" featuring the Generics 7:00PM - 9:00PM


Music by the GenericsRock it out on Main Street with the Generics and their Black Top Hop. Soldiers and Sailors Park. 7:00pmto 9:00pm.

Additional information about the Generics can be found on our Concerts Page.


'The Law and Jake Wade' starring Richard Widmark8:00PM - 11:00PM


'Two Rode Together' starring Richard WidmarkThe Apollo Theater presents Princeton's own, Richard Widmark in the 1958 Western Drama, 'The Law and Jake Wade'. Widmark grew up in Princeton and starred in over 60 films. 2016 marks the 102nd anniversary of his birth.

Wear or buy a Widmark t-shirt for free admission.

One show only!
Apollo Theater
455 S Main St. Princeton
Doors open at 8:00PM. Movie runs from 9:00PM to 11:00PM.


'Two Rode Together' starring Richard WidmarkMovie Synopsis
Bandits Clint Hollister (Richard Widmark) and Jake Wade (Robert Taylor) botch a robbery that ends with Clint imprisoned. Despairing, Jake leaves the loot in an abandoned village and quits crime for good. Now working for the law, Jake helps free his old cohort from jail. Clint doesn't want the treasure to go to waste, however, so he forces Jake and his girlfriend, Peggy (Patricia Owens), to lead him to the stash. But to unearth the money, they'll have to get past dangerous Comanche warriors.

Jaycees Beer Garden featuring Snap Shot 5:00PM - 1:00AM


Jaycees Beer Garden and EntertainmentFriday evening the Princeton Jaycees Beer Garden will be held at Darius Miller Park with the gates opening at 5:00PM and music and entertainment by Snap Shot from 8:30PM-12:30AM

Come out on Friday Night and enjoy your favorite Rock hits! Additional information about Snapshot can be found on their webpage at www.SnapsShotRocks.com.

The Princeton Jaycees are very excited to have two great bands with great followings at their beer gardens this year. 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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  • Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang Blues
    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

Volunteers Needed!

The Homestead festival is looking for volunteers for this year's ever growing Homestead Festival!

It is so much fun it will not even seem like work! Come join us! If interested, please contact Tracy Makransky at tracymakransky@gmail.com!



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