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Homestead Happenings

Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 11:00 a.m. CDT
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The 43rd annual Homestead Festival will kick off with the annual Princeton Junior Women's Club pulled pork dinner and ice cream social.
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(Photo courtesy of the Owen Lovejoy Homestead website)
The Owen Lovejoy Homestead will be open for tours during the Homestead Festival.

PRINCETON — The 43rd annual Homestead Festival will kick off with the annual Princeton Junior Women’s Club pulled pork barbecue dinner and ice cream social. Event-goers can enjoy a delicious pork barbecue sandwich and top it off with a slice of homemade pie and ice cream. This event is held from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 12 at Soldiers and Sailors Park in Princeton.

Before dinner, tours of the Bureau County Historical Museum and the Owen Lovejoy Homestead will be available. The Historical Museum has a vast array of educational exhibits and noteworthy relics of the rich past of the community. Tours at the museum, located at 109 Park Ave. West, will be from 1 to 6 p.m.

While out and about, don’t miss the tour of the Owen Lovejoy Homestead. A former station on the underground railway, the Lovejoy Homestead is a defining landmark in the community. You can tour the Homestead from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday. Saturday the Homestead is open from 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m.

End the evening by enjoying a twilight horse-drawn wagon ride. The ride starts at the Bureau County Courthouse and continues down historic Main Street.

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