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.

Photo Both available at Soldiers and Sailors Park on Friday and Saturday

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 "Home Sweet Home".

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Homestead Golf Classic 2 Person Scramble All Day


Homestead Golf Classic 2 Person Scramble Hit the links over the Homestead Festival Weekend by participating in the Max Halberg Sr. Memorial Golf Tournament at Wyaton Hills Golf Course.

The Tournament is a 2 player scramble, 9 or 18 holes and you can golf anytime begining Thursday, September 7th until 1:30PM Sunday, September 10th.

Winner will be announced Sunday, September 10th along with the Car Show results and Raffle winner at 3:30pm in front of the Apollo Theater.

Proceeds of this tournament will go to Fisher House-providing military families housing close to loved ones during hospitalizations at VA Hospitals.

Bureau County Historical Society Museum Tours 1:00PM - 5:00PM


The Bureau County Historical Society MuseumTour the Clark-Norris Home and the Newell-Bryant House. 109 Park Avenue West.

For additional information visit the Bureau County Historical Society Website.

Owen Lovejoy Homestead Tours 1:00PM - 4:00PM


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.

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.

Princeton High School Choir 5:00PM - 5:30PM


Bring your lawn chairs, sit back and relax to the sounds of the Princeton High School Choir. Soldiers and Sailors Park. 5:00pm to 5:30pm.

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.

Homestead Festival Announcements 5:30PM


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 Rodeo Drive 7:00PM - 9:00PM


Music by Rodeo DriveRock it out on Main Street with Rodeo Drive. The JC Beer Tent will be available! See you there...Soldiers and Sailors Park. 7:00pm to 9:00pm.


PHS Academic and Career Hall of Fame Induction 7:30PM


PHS Academic and Career Hall of Fame InductionPrinceton High School, in honor of the 150 year anniversary of its establishment, has created the Academic and Career Hall of Fame. Founded in 1867, Princeton High School was the first Township High School in the State of Illinois. As a way to honor our past and encourage our future, the Hall of Fame has been established to recognize distinguished alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in areas such as citizenship, leadership, academic endeavors and career achievement. We look forward to annually celebrating all those who have utilized Princeton High School as a stepping stone for their future endeavors. The first class will be inducted on Friday, September 8, 2017 at halftime of the varsity football game.

Visit the Academic and Career Hall of Fame website at www.phs-il.org/hall-of-fame/


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 9:00PM-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!

'Kiss of Death' starring Richard Widmark8:00PM - 11:00PM


'Kiss of Death' starring Richard WidmarkThe Apollo Theater presents Princeton's own, Richard Widmark in the 1947 Crime Drama, 'Kiss of Death'. Widmark grew up in Princeton and starred in over 60 films. 2017 marks the 103rd 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.


This year is the 70th anniversary of Widmark's first movie, which was released on Aug. 27, 1947....and what a debut it was.

Widmark plays a psychotic gangster, Tommy Udo, who turns against a former friend, played by Victor Mature, vowing to get even because Mature's character "squealed" on him, in Udo's eyes.

For his very first movie performance, Widmark was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.


'Kiss of Death' starring Richard WidmarkMovie Synopsis
Small-time crook Nick Bianco gets caught in a jewel heist and despite urgings from well-meaning district attorney D'Angelo, refuses to rat on his partners and goes to jail, assured that his wife and children will be taken care of. Learning that his depressed wife has killed herself, Nick informs on his ex-pals and is paroled. Nick remarries, gets a job and begins leading a happy life when he learns one of the men he informed on, psychopathic killer Tommy Udo, has been released from custody and is out for revenge against Nick and his family.

  • 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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  • John Primer 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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