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Springing ahead at Bureau County Fairgrounds

Spring always brings many new events to the Bureau County Fairgrounds. As the grass starts to get green and your thoughts turn to mowing and gardening, you can check out the lawn and farm equipment auction on Sunday. The Critter Shows will return on the second Sunday of every month with the next two events on April 13 and May 11. You can shop for small pets and pet care needs at these events.

The second Sunday Flea Market will be held on April 14, but please note there will not be a flea market on Mother’s Day this year. Plans are underway now for the huge two-day garage sale that will be held Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15 for the annual “More on 34” event. The eighth annual “More on 34” event is a 150-mile long garage sale/flea market /bargain hunters delight. The sale runs all along Route 34 from Galesburg to Aurora on Father’s Day weekend. Thousands of shoppers look for antiques, collectibles and other treasures along the route which runs through the heart of Bureau County. The fairgrounds is a great place to set up and sell because there are indoor and outdoor selling spaces, great food and restrooms there. Contact Nancy Monier at 815-303-2905 for information on renting a selling space.

You can kick up your heels at the Fairgrounds on April 20 when the IVCC Jazz Band combines with the Logan Junior High School Jazz Band in concert. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.

Our June events kick off on Sunday June 2 with the Starved Rock Radio Club Hamfest. No pigs are involved in this event. It is a ham radio, computer flea market, amateur radio hobbyist collectors show. Show hours are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can even take your test to become a ham radio operator at this event.

Country star Justin Moore has been selling out concerts all across the country. He will perform at the Bureau County Fair on Aug. 23 at our 39th annual country show. Tickets for his show will go on sale at 9 a.m. June 8. Come out and stand in line for the best seats for his exciting show.

Many other events will return to the Fairgrounds this summer including the Boer Goat Show, July 13; 4-H Fair, July 24–28; the Bureau County Cattleman’s Beef Days, July 20; a music concert fundraiser on Aug. 3; and the monthly critter shows. Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road returns on Oct. 4 for our 10th year of providing screams and scares at our haunted attraction.

Mark your calendars now for the 2nd annual Bureau County Fair Oktoberfest which will be held on Sept. 28. We will again feature Die Musikmeisters German Band and serve great German food like schnitzel, spaetzel, bratwurst and German beer.

Information about all of the upcoming events can be found on the newly-updated Bureau County Fair website. You can go into the website at and see a schedule of the many fun shows and activities that are coming up during the 158th annual Bureau County Fair which will run Aug. 21-25 this year. The website will soon have information about the queen pageant, which will be held Aug. 4 at PHS.

Have you considered entering in the Bureau County Fair? Have you been complimented on your chocolate chip cookies or maybe you have a great sunset photograph? Bring them to the fair and see if you can win a ribbon or two. There are many departments and classes that you can enter in including photography, art, canning and baking, fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, and hobbies and collections. The new fair book will be online in a few weeks, but until it’s finished, you can refer to last year’s on our webpage. There are hundreds of classes that adults and children can enter.

Anything you could possibly want to know about the fairgrounds and events is on the website, but just in case you have a question and can’t find an answer, there is a contact page on the website that will let you contact us by email.

Hope to see you at the 158th annual Bureau County Fair, Aug. 21-25!

Kathy Costerisan is a representative for the Bureau County Fairgrounds.

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