• 50th Anniversary of the Burgoo Festival

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    Name: 50th Anniversary of the Burgoo Festival
    Date: October 12, 2019 - October 13, 2019
    Event Description:
    Burgoo is a pioneer stew cooked over fire in six gigantic iron kettles beside the historic I&M canal. Community volunteers stay up all night to watch over the stew, which must be stirred continuously. It's something of a ritual to ring in the big day: Sunday, October 13th. This year we are celebrating our 50th anniversary!
    What began as a simple soup line in 1969 has become a village-wide festival that draws 50,000+ locals and tourists. This authentic home-grown festival is one of the largest and longest running in the state of Illinois. Most importantly, this event funds the LaSalle County Historical Society's museums, programs, and annual costs of operation.

    Shop the Canal Market with over 90 vendors, all day
    11am - 6pm: Classic Car Show sponsored by Utica Fire Department
    noon - 3pm: Colonel Byods Band, Live Entertainment
    6pm - 9pm: Chris Gelbuda Band, Live Entertainment
    7pm: Lighting of the Kettles and Celebrity Stir-off

    9am - 5pm: Enjoy our famous Burgoo Stew
    Shop over 350 Craft & Antique Vendors, all day
    Childrens Games, Live Blackmith Demo, & More, all day
    10am - 1pm: Kevin Kramer Band, Live Entertainment
    1:30 - 4:30: Big Uproar, Live Entertainment
    4:30: 50/50 Drawing

    Rain or Shine!

    LaSalle County Historical Society
    Heritage Center Museum
    208 Clark St
    Utica, IL 61373
    Date/Time Information:
    Columbus Day Weekend
    Saturday, October 12th - Sunday, October 13th
    9am to 5pm
    Contact Information:
    LaSalle County Historical Society 815.667.4861
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