Celebrating 175 Years

What is burgoo?

Where is Arenzville ?

When is the next Burgoo?

2014 Burgoo Schedule

2014 Burgoo Committee List

Where can I order Bradbury's book, Soup Town?

Tade & Hester's Book

























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175th Celebration

We are cooking up a party to celebrate Arenzville's 175 years of existence. Please join us! You can meet neighbors and friends, march in a parade, participate in contests, listen to great musical entertainment (free!), and enjoy the World's Best Burgoo. A complete schedule and contest entry forms are posted at this link. For the latest information, see also the Facebook page for Arenzville 175th Birthday Burgoo.

A special THANK YOU to The Source for its all-Arenzville edition of their newspaper. For a limited time, the articles in this edition are viewable online at their website: http://the-source.net/

Update: if you did not get your hands on a print copy of this issue of The Source and want to read it, click here.

Saturday Parade
The parade on Saturday morning starts at 10:00 am, but spectators are advised to arrive well ahead of that time since three of the four main roads into/out of town will be blocked by the parade route, and parking will be limited. Click here for more information.

Connecting with Friends

Connecting with friends at the Burgoo? Few people have been successful getting a good cell phone signal while in the middle of town (something about the burgoo vapors...) You can always leave a message on the bulletin board we'll have at the Information table in the park, but otherwise, you'll have to rely on the good ol' fashioned method of face-to-face conversation.

Attention: Arenz Family Members

We'd like to see you at Arenzville's 175th celebration on Sept. 5th and 6th. To help you identify yourself and each other, we're offering a free pin-on button that you can wear if you choose. Check in at the Information table (along the sidewalk on the south side of the Village Library in the park) for more details.

Anniversary Items

Show your support for the town's upcoming 175th anniversary celebration in 2014 and snag yourself a hometown keepsake. The Planning Committee for Arenzville's 175th Dodranbicentennial is offering the following items for sale or raffle. Below is a photo of a beautiful, handmade picture quilt, which will be raffled off. The quilt features scenes from the Village history as retold in the book by Hester and Theodore Lovekamp. It is presently is on display at the First National Bank of Arenzville.

For more information about sales and where you can see or purchase the anniversary items, click here.


Picture quilt



Welcome to the web site for the Village of Arenzville, Illinois. This web page is a community project, supported by donations from businesses, organizations and individuals in the Arenzville community.

Located in the fertile farm country of west central Illinois, Arenzville is named for Francis Arenz, an immigrant from Blankenberg, Prussia, who first planned the town in 1839. The town name is pronounced with an accent on the first syllable, rhyming with "barns" -- ARENZ--ville. The village was first incorporated in 1853, and today has a population slightly over 400 persons. We will be celebrating our 175th year in 2014.

Arenzville proudly claims to be the home of the world's best burgoo, a local tradition we share with other communities in the region. Each year in September, the town hosts a two-day festival to benefit community organizations. The Arenzville Burgoo has been an annual event for over 100 years. It is organized and produced by volunteers, and all proceeds go to support community organizations. The residents of Arenzville encourage you to explore the web site and learn more about our town, the Burgoo, and community activities. We hope that you will come visit us someday soon.

Arenz Family Members Visit
Arenz family members - descendents of Francis Arenz's son Oscar

Robert Ray Arenz, a descendent of Francis Arenz's son Oscar, visited Arenzville during the 2013 Burgoo with his wife and some of his children and their spouses. Shown above are, back row, from left: George Mars, Nancy Arenz Weible, Sharon Arenz Northcutt, and Catherine Arenz. Front, from left: Nina Scopetti, Robert Wayne Arenz, (seated, left), Robert Ray Arenz (seated, right.) Family members traveled from Ohio, Mississippi, and Missouri to gather in Arenzville. They are shown here on the porch of the Arenz house, where they were welcomed by Neal and Dianna Hart.

The Village expects to welcome several members of the Arenz family for its 2014 anniversary celebration.


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This page last modified: 09/08/2014