Celebrating 175 Years

What is burgoo?

Where is Arenzville ?

When is the next Burgoo?

2013 Burgoo Schedule

2013 Burgoo Committee List

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

Tade & Hester's Book

























  Contact the webmaster:
webmaster (at) burgoo.org

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 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.


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.

175th 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:

T-shirts: $15.00
Sweatshirts (crew): $25.00
Sweatshirts (hoodie): $30.00
Turvis (insulated beverage cup): $15.00
Coozie: $1.00
Apron: $20.00
DVD OF KB's play “Little Town on the Big Indian”: $15.00
Raffle Tickets: 1 FOR $5.00, 3 FOR $10.00
Shave Permit: $10.00
DVD of 1989 Parade: $15.00

shirts in blaze orange, lime green, columbia blue, red, and bright pink

Click here for more information.

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This page last modified: 09/11/2013