The 46th Annual Homestead Festival comes to you in only

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Sunday Events - September 10th, 2017

Please take a look at all the wonderful and exciting events we have planned for the third and final 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. 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 "Home Sweet Home".

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Princeton Elks Country Breakfast 7:00AM - 1:00PM


Princeton Elks Lodge

Princeton Elks Lodge Country Breakfast.Start Sunday off right! Stop by the Princeton Elks Lodge for the annual Country Breakfast including biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, American fried potatoes, fresh fruit salad, cinnamon rolls, coffee, juice and milk!

Location: 1105 E Peru St.

Breakfast Served from 7:00am-1:00pm. $10.00 per person.

Hoopar 3-on-3 In Memory of Danny Nelson 8:00AM


Location: City parking lot at corner of Pleasant and Crown Street.

Registration at 7:00am, Tournament starts at 8:00am

For more information please contact:
Michael Grieve at 309-238-1718
Contact Ben Schmidt at 815-878-6648
or at dannynelsonmemorial@gmail.com.

Homestead Golf Classic 2 Person Scramble until 1:30PM


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.

Homestead Flea Market 8:00AM - 2:00PM


Homestead Festival Flea MarketWhat treasures will you discover? Visit the Bureau County Fairgrounds and find out. Doors open at 8:00am and close at 2:00pm. Admission is only $1

For those who seek to offer thier wares and whatnots, please use the link below to download a registration form below and return it to reserve your space today.

REGISTRATION FORM

37th Homestead Festival Car Show 8:00AM - 3:00PM


Homestead Festival Car ShowFrom classic American muscle to souped up rat rods, every thing in between and few outside the box, the Homestead Festival Car Show is one of the area's premiere shows sure to make a lasting impression on the most dedicated auto enthusiast. Whether you are an ardent automobile admirer, a proud owner of a magnificent machine or a bit of both, make sure to get out to Princeton's South Main St for this great show!

Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be given for each class. Dash plaques to first 200 registered. Registration will be 8:00am to 12:00pm with a fee of $15. Judging will take place from 12:00pm to 1:30pm with the presentation of awards at 3:00pm.

For more information about the Homestead Festival Car Show including registration information, please follow the link below!

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Beta Sigma Phi Arts & Crafts Show 10:00AM - 4:00PM


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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Jazz Worship Service 10:30AM


Jazz Worship ServiceThe entire community is invited to join the congregation of St. Mathews in worship as they enjoy the added pleasure of the fat mellow jazz sounds of the Jimmy Valentine Quintet. This 5 piece band owns a sound steeped in the traditions of 30's and 40's classic jazz, with a style similar to jazz legends Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw.

For additional information about the Jimmy Valentine Quintet, please visit www.jimvalentineclarinet.com.

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7th Annual Homestead BBQ Rib Cook Off All Day, 3:00PM Judging


Homestead BBQ Rib Cook OffBring your grills to the Central Bank parking lot on Sunday and showcase your skills in our 7th annual BBQ Rib Cook-Off! Cash Prizes! $500 to the winner! Judging starts at 3:00pm.

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Bureau County 4-H Clubs BBQ 10:30AM - 3:00PM


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!

Tri-County Humane Society Pet Fest 2017 11:00AM - 3:00PM


Animal Care Clinic - Pet Fest 2017 Fundraiser! Events include pet contests, chili cook-off, silent auction, Canine Good Citizenship and Therapy Dog International Testing, agility and fly ball demo, vendor tables, tee shirt sales and much more.

Location: Princeton Animal Care Clinic. 1616 North Main St.

Miller's Petting Zoo 12:00PM - 3:00PM


Millers Petting ZooThe Miller's Petting Zoo will roll into Princeton with a proverbial ark of creatures and critters for your enjoyment. Among these lovable beasts, one will find goats, pot belly pigs, chickens, ducks, alpaca, donkeys and many others, as well as an opportunity to learn a bit about each one. Addmission is free and food is provided for each animal so the youngsters can offer each a snack or two.

For additional information, please visit www.millerspettingzoo.com.

Children's Tractor Pull 12:00PM - 2:30PM


Children's Tractor PullThis event is for children ages 4 through 12 years of age and is held at Soldiers and Sailors Park. This is certainly an event you do not want your child to miss.

Registration will be at Noon with the pull starting at 12:30PM Our goal will be to have the event finished by 2:30PM

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


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. We promise there won't be a quiz afterward!

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

Homestead Festival 50/50 Raffle Drawing 3:30PM


Homestead Festival 50/50 Raffle Drawing Got your tickets? The Homestead Festival Committee will gather at 3:30PM in downtown Princeton Across from the Apollo Theater. to announce the winner of the 50/50 Split the Pot Raffle!

Last year's 50/50 winner was Michelle Stein with winnings of $8,675.00!

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  • 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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