Stark County
Stark County
"Central Illinois' Best Kept Secret!"

Bradford Christmas Walk
For more information:
Please contact: Village of Bradford
Phone: 309-897-2071
Bradford's Christmas Walk brings the whole
community together, even in the coldest
weather. The event is lucky enough to have
Santa stop by. Businesses are open for you to
enjoy and sign up for the raffle drawings. The
evening concludes with the singing of carols and
the lighting of the town Christmas tree in Elsie
Hodges Park.
Toulon Christmas Celebration
For more information:
Please contact: City of Toulon
Phone: 309-286-5042
Toulon's Christmas Open house is held in
December. The lighting of the Courthouse
Christmas Tree begins the nights two hour event,
starting at 5 p.m. and Santa makes his
appearance. Businesses have drawings and
treats for all to enjoy.
Annual Wyoming Tractor Pull
For more information:
Please contact: Aaron Down
Phone: 309-238-6220
Annual Wyoming Tractor Pull started in 1986 is
held at the Stark County Jr. Fairgrounds in
Wyoming, IL. The tractor pull is held on the
weekend that falls closest to the 4th of July.
Wyoming 'Clean Up Days'
For more information:
Please contact: City Hall
Phone: 309-695-4831
City of Wyoming's "Clean Up Days" everything
to be picked up must be out by MONDAY,
APRIL 23rd. The garbage truck will start in the
North end of Wyoming and move south. Picking
up on April 23, 25 and finishing on the 30rh.
HAVE ALREADY PICKED UP. It will be free to
corporate limits of the City of Wyoming. Per new
state laws they cannot pick up any eletrical
items. Large non electrical appliances and large
pieces of furniture as in couches, large chairs,
mattress and box springs will require a tag at a
cost of $10.00 each. Tags can be purchased at
City Hall M-F 7:30-12 and 12:30-4:00 pm.
Anything placed out should be easily picked up
by one man. Bundle items when necessary so
they may be picked up in a timely fashion. The
following items WILL NOT be picked up: 1)
Landscape waste 2) Hazardous material as in
kerosene, fuel oil, paint and paint thinners,
batteries and tires. 3) No bricks, building
materials and long poles as those items damage
the truck.
Morel Mushroom Festival and Auction
For more information:
Please contact: Stark Co Economic
Development Office (tourism)
Phone: 309-286-6200
Email: or
The Morel Mushroom Festival and Auction is
normally held the first Saturday in May at
Thomas Park in Wyoming, from 9:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. rain or shine. Morel auction starts at
1:00 p.m. with registations at 11:00 a.m. The
event features Morel mushrooms for sale by
auction and food, crafts, and other festival fare.
The Morel Mushroom Festival and Auction
started in 2009.
Bradford Rescue Squad Hog Roast
For more information:
Please contact: Sharon Stotler
Phone: 309-493-5112
The Bradford Hog Roast is held the 1st
Saturday in June. The Bradford Resue Squad
was established in 1977 and the first Hog Roast
was served in 1978. Dinner begins at 11 a.m.
and continues to 7 p.m. and features four
different kinds of pork, including sausage, whole
hog, pork chops and pork burgers with baked
beans, coleslaw and a drink to benefit the
Bradford Rescue Squad. An auction and raffle
are also held.
Let Freedom Ring
For more information:
Please contact: Leet Methodist Church
Phone: 309-897-8113/2652
Let Freedom Ring is sponsored by the Leet
United Methodist Church and held the Friday
before the 4th of July.. The event started in 2004,
is a community celebration for Bradford and
surrounding communities to honor our veterans
and our country's freedom. The American Legion
Color Guard presents our country's flag and local
armed forces men and women share their
experiences. There is tasty homemade cooking,
raffles and games for the children. A patriot bike
decorating contest is held for children ages 2 to
10. There is entertainment for all ages.
City of Wyoming Fireworks
Celebrating our Country's Independence every
July 3rd at Gary Johnson's Field in Wyoming at

Corn Boil

Wyoming Corn Boil

For more information:
Please contact: Sally Pepper
Phone: 309-695-3800
The Wyoming Area Chamber of Commerce's
annual Corn Boil is July 22nd.
 Started in 2003, the Corn Boil is
sponsored by the Wyoming Area Chamber of
Commerce and is held at Thomas Park in Wyoming from4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
The Corn Boil features locally grown
corn boiled to perfection plus corn fritters, pork
chop and rib eye sandwiches and more. Other
events include kid Water Fights, Blow-ups,
Balloon Artist, Games and much more and
games. For more information go to
Stark County Jr. Fair & 4-H Show
For more information:
Please contact: Angela Krause,
Community Worker, 4-H/Youth
Additional info can be found on the Web:
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Stark County Jr Fairgrounds, Wyoming
Old Settler's Days
For more information:
Please contact: Connie Jacobson
Phone: 309-286-7303
Additional info can be found on the Web:
Old Settlers Days is held the 1st weekend in
August in Toulon. It is one of the area's oldest
traditions taking place since 1877. The
celebration starts off Wednesday evening with a
Hymn Sing at the Methodist church. Thursday
night is the Miss Teen, Jr.Miss and Little Miss
OSA pageant and OSA BBQ Supper. Friday
includes a kiddie tractor pull, fish fry and beer
garden with entertainment. Saturday starts off
with the Indian Creek 5K walk/run. An ice cream
social, craft show, Lion's Club pork chops, water
fights and parade are Saturday afternoon
followed by live music for all ages. On Sunday, a
community Church service is held and an
address by the badge honoree is given. For a
current and detailed list of this year's events visit:
Indian Creek 5k Run/Walk
The Indian Creek 5k Run/Walk made its return
in 2006 and is held the first weekend in August
along with Toulon Old Settlers Days and we want
you to be a part of it! Visit our website for more
Farm Heritage Days
For more information:
Please contact: Dan Weist
Phone: 309249-2960/
Additional info can be found on the Web:
Antique Tractor and Equipment Show Stark
County Jr. Fairgrounds, Wyoming, IL Saturday,
August 18, 2012: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Sunday,
August 19, 2012: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Antique
Tractor display, Bake Sale, Food Vendors,
Tractor Pulls, Steam engines and much more
Hosted by Central Illinois Farm Heritage Tractor
Tractor Club
Labor Day Celebration
For more information:
Please contact: Village of Bradford
Phone: 309-897-2071
  Bradford Labor Day Celebration begins on
Friday evening with a Movie In The Park,
Saturday the all day Gospelfest,started in 1995,
is held in Elsie Hodges Park and features over
20 performers. The Little Miss Bradford pageant
is held on Saturday evening in the Bradford
Grade School gym. Sunday is the car show,
started in 2007,featuring nearly 100 cars of all
decades. Sunday evening the American Legion
holds their fish fry and later in the evening a
Street Dance is held downtown Main St. Monday
features a parade, frog jumping contest, kiddie
tractor pull and water fights, watermelon eating
contest and food.
Fall Festival
For more information:
Please contact: Lonnie Wilson
Phone: 815-617-9640
Additional info can be found on the Web:
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The Stark County Fall Festival is the 3rd
weekend in September. It is our hope that you
will enjoy your visit during our annual Fall
Festival Drive. A drive guide is available free of
charge at many locations throughout Stark
County and nearby communities. In the guide,
you will find detailed descriptions of the many
activities and opportunities available during the
Fall Festival, along with community maps to help
you find your way around the county. When
visiting the communities of Bradford and
Castleton, be sure to travel along Route 40,
south of Bradford, and the Castleton Blacktop,
east of Castleton. There, you will get an up close
view of the Camp Grove and Tiskilwa Wind
Farms. The giant turbines outside of Bradford
were constructed in 2004 and the Camp Grove
Wind Farm recently went up in 2007 and are
quite amazing to see. If you are a visitor, we
hope you enjoy your weekend with us and
consider making our community, your
Beta Bazaar
Annual Bradford Beta Bazaar is held on the
second Saturday in November at the Bradford Jr.
High and Grade Schools. The Beta Sigma Phi #
9367 has sponsored the bazaar since 1974. The
bazaar features many fine handcrafted items and
more plus the Beta's "famous" luncheon menu.
All proceeds benefit local charities and Bradford
area families. Addmission fee $1.00.
Moonlight Madness & Lighted Parade
For more information:
Please contact: Dan Shockey
Phone: 309-695-6403
Additional info can be found on the Web:
Moonlight Maddness is held the 3rd Friday in
November. This unique event begins at 5 p.m.
and runs through the night with drawings and
goodies at most businesses. A parade of lighted
floats begins at 7:45 p.m. Santa stops by to visit
and have his picture taken with children of all
ages. There are also horse drawn carriage rides
for all to enjoy. All stores are open late with
many specials.
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