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51st Annual Burgoo October 9 & 10, 2021

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Burgoo Festival

Established in 1969, the Burgoo Festival is one of the longest-running and largest fall festivals in northern Illinois. The Burgoo Festival is an annual village street party featuring flea marketers, craftsmen, musicians, and other entertainment. More than 350 vendors will present their wares at this craft show and flea market. Sponsored by the non-profit LaSalle County Historical Society, it is the organization’s major fundraiser.


What is Burgoo?

Burgoo is a traditional pioneer dish, a kind of stew that gives the festival its name.  For the LCHS Burgoo the ingredients are beef, carrots, potatoes, hominy, celery, tomatoes, cabbage, onions, peppers, and other vegetables carefully blended with special spices and herbs. It is cooked outdoors Saturday night for between 12 and 18 hours over a wood-burning fire that gives it a special taste. Squads of volunteer vegetable choppers and kettle stirrers spend the night preparing this pioneer dish.  The Burgoo Stew is always ready to serve at 9am Sunday morning!


Become a Burgoo Volunteer

Volunteers don't necessarily have the time; they just have the heart!

Burgoo Festival wouldn't be possible without the help of our many volunteers!
Volunteer Perks:
Free Premium Parking
4 Volunteer Hours will receive a T-shirt
8 Volunteer Hours will receive a Sweatshirt
Available for Service Hours
Volunteers needed Friday-Monday Burgoo Weekend

Volunteer Sign Up

Become A Vendor

2021 Vendor Applications Now  Available!

With an Annual attendance of 50,000-70,000, Burgoo is one of Illinois largest and longest running Fall Festivals.  We have 2 day (Saturday & Sunday) and 1 day (Sunday Only) vendor opportunities. 

Note to returning Vendors:  Section E and Section C will be added to our two day event in 2021.  If you are looking for a Private Vendor application or have any questions please email events@lasallecountyhistoricalsociety.org


50th Annual Burgoo Sponsors

Village of North Utica

Tangled Roots Brewing Company

Bill Walsh Automotive

Utica Business Assoication

Lodi Taphouse

OSF Healthcare


Thornton Foundation

First National Bank of Ottawa

Grand Bear Resort

Midland State Bank

LaSalle State Bank

Aubry Farms

Eureka Savings Bank

Diamond Bros

MCS Advertising

Hartauer Insurance