‘More in Bureau County’ garage sale event takes place June 18-19

PRINCETON - Although the annual “More on 34” 100-mile garage sale will not take place this year, it has been reinvented for 2021. Even though Henry County is not participating this year, the Bureau County Tourism Group wanted to keep the event going and is calling it “More in Bureau County.” Sales are being scheduled across Bureau County, not just along Route 34. All communities in the county are welcome to participate. Garage sales will be held on Friday and Saturday of Father’s Day weekend, June 18 and 19. Some may even open on Thursday for the early bird shoppers.

A list of garage sales has been posted on the More on 34-Bureau County Facebook page and on the Bureau County Tourism web page. To list your sale, share it to the Facebook page with your complete address (rural sales are welcome to list some directions), a list of a few items you will have for sale, and your sale hours and days.

Please be mindful of the current health department guidelines when hosting or attending a sale –wear a mask if you are not vaccinated, wash your hands often and keep a social distance from other shoppers.

Bureau County Fairgrounds will host a Two Day Garage/ Barn Sale that weekend. There will be a new location on the northwest side of the fairgrounds. This building has a concrete floor and chain link outside walls for plenty of fresh air. Spaces will be spread out for social distancing. Sale hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Weekend activities

In addition to the sales, Spring Valley will hold its Summer Fest ‘21 on Saturday, June 19 with a beer garden opening at noon, bags tourney, petting zoo, face painting, Steve Sharp band from 7 to 11 p.m. and fireworks at dusk.

The Psycho Silo Saloon will have a car/motorcycle swap meet Friday and Saturday. Saturday will be Jeeper’s Creepers Jeep Show day, so stop and look for parts, have a cold brew and enjoy the music.

Friday night, come to Main Street in Princeton for the kick off free street concert featuring The Chicago Experience from 5-9 p.m. in front of the Prouty Building. Food and drink will be available from the Bureau County Cattlemen, who will be cooking, and the Lions Club will serve deep fried mushrooms. Bring your lawn chairs.

The Princeton Farmer’s Market opens at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning at Soldiers and Sailors Park on the south end of Main Street. Then Beef & Ag Days returns to Princeton on Saturday with kids’ activities including a pedal pull at 1 p.m. There will also be a petting zoo, bounce house and face painting. A day of musical entertainment will include the Covered Bridge Chorus at 11:30 a.m., Kevin Kramer from noon to 2 p.m., Seven Miles South band from 2 to 4 p.m. and a special high school band performance from 4 to 5 p.m. That evening, bring your lawn chair and enjoy Nashville recording artist Jake Mauer from 6 to 9 p.m.