The 46th Annual Homestead Festival comes to you in only

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Saturday Events - September 9th, 2017

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.

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 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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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.

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).

The Princeton Police and Fire Departments in conjunction with Safe Kids USA will be providing Ambulance tours, finger printing, and car seat checks.

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.

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 at PHS. Celebrating 150 years! Tours available from 9:00am to 11:00am.

Go Big Blue!

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 - 2:00PM


Princeton Public Library TourPrinceton Public Library will be open from 10:00am to 2:00pm. 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 BBQButterfly pork chops/dinner at Soldiers and Sailors Park. Saturday serving hours are 10:30am to 5:30pm. Drive thru from 11:00am - 5:00pm across from the Fairgrounds on West Peru St. Don't miss out!

Helicopter Rides 12:00PM - Sunset


Helicopter RidesSee the 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.

Prairie Arts Council
Photograpy Exhibit by Paula Guttilla1:00PM - 4:00PM


West Gallery. 24 Park Avenue West. Saturday from 1:00PM - 4:00PM.

More Information Coming Soon!

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

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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John Primer Blues Concert 4:30PM - 6:30PM


Blues Concert Featuring John PrimerFood, beverages, and spirits provided by Princeton Park District. Get your blues on from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

Additional information about John Primer can be found at www.johnprimerblues.com.

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!

Root Beer Float Garden/Outdoor Movie Night 7:30PM


Evangelical Covenant Church

Evangelical Covenant Church features the movie, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALLGrab your chair, grab your blanket and join us on the parking lot for free root beer floats and popcorn while we watch the inspirational sports drama WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL. The film is based on the true story of the De La Salle football team and their coach Bob Ladouceur who led the team on a 12 year, 151 game winning streak. When the streak ends, it takes everything Coach Ladouceur knows to inspire his players as they rediscover what it takes to stand tall on the field and in life.

Pre-Show starts at 7:30PM with the Movie beginning at Dusk.

Evangelical Covenant Church
24 N. Main St.
Princeton

Jaycees Beer Garden featuring Abby Normal 5:00PM - 1:00AM


Jaycees Beer Garden and EntertainmentSaturday 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 Abby Normal from 8:30PM-12:30AM

Come out on Friday Night and enjoy your favorite Rock, country and pop hits! Additional information about Abby Normal can be found on their Facebook Page.

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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  • 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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