Celebrating 175 Years

What is burgoo?

Where is Arenzville ?

When is the next Burgoo?

2015 Burgoo Schedule

2014 Burgoo Committee List

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

Tade & Hester's Book

























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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 celebrated 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.

Breakin' Through and
Bleedin' Blue:
The Triopia Story

Breakin' Through & Bleedin' Blue: The Story of Triopia

Many small communities in Illinois struggle to support their schools with meager local resources. In the 1950's, Arenzville schools began talks about consolidation with Chapin schools. Before there was a Triopia, there were the Arenzville Raiders and the Chapin Bearcats. Now, you can hear the story of how they came together, in a new play written and produced by Ken Bradbury and performed by the Lincolnland Community College Traveling Theatre.

See this production on Friday, April 10th or Saturday, April 11th, at the Arenzville Methodist Church. The event is sponsored by the Triopia Student Council. There are no advance ticket sales, but free will donations will be accepted. The evening begins with a dinner at 6:00 pm and the play performance at 7:00 pm.

Be True to Your School!
T-shirts with the recreated images for the Arenzville Raiders and the Chapin Bearcats (see the image below) will be on sale at the play venue for $15.00 each. Proceeds will be donated to the Triopia Student Council.
Arenzville Raiders and Chapin Bearcats

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