PHOTO GALLERY: Utica's 50th Burgoo Festival
Utica resident Steve Stout takes you on a photo safari of the city's biggest annual festival, Burgoo! This festival is more than just a celebration of the legendary pioneer stew, it's a huge two day family-friendly party that brought 250+ vendors, countless classic cars, live music and exclusive craft beer to Utica's historic downtown. Come take a look at all the fun, food and fellowship offered at Burgoo's 50th anniversary bash!
Long time La Salle County Historical Society member, Ruth Dunlap, 89, of Mendota, took a shift stirring one of the many vats of steaming Burgoo during the festival in Utica Sunday. Dunlap was one of dozens of volunteers who donated time and talents to make the annual celebration of fall another successful money-making event for the society.
Sara Walsh pretends to listen to a drive-in movie theater speaker prop on a 1953 Ford Crestline Victoria during the classic car show Saturday which kicked off the 50th Burgoo Festival in Utica Saturday. Dozens of unique automobiles plus streets full of vendors attracted hundreds to the annual auto show.
Since the Burgoo Festival began in 1969, the La Salle-Peru Marching Band has always been a crowd-favorite as the student musicians perform along streets packed with visitors. Keeping the beat for his fellow L-P students, drummer Fred Davis showed off his talents with a unique style and flair.
Jim Nicholson, of Joliet, enjoys a heaping spoonful of Burgoo before the pioneer stew was sold out early Sunday, disappointing late arrivals to the Utica festival. Nicholson praised the burgoo as "excellent, with a good spice to it." The Burgoo festival is the annual major fundraiser for the La Salle County Historical Society and its award-winning Utica Museum. The festival featured hundreds of craft and food vendor booths, welcoming thousands of visitors.
Ed Moriarity, of Utica, enjoys a locally crafted beer, 1969 Retro Brew, which was specially created by the Tangled Roots Brewing Company in Ottawa in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the La Salle County Historical Society's Burgoo Festival.
Caramel drips off a sliced taffy apple enjoyed by 12 year-old Karlee Dykstra, of Walnut, at the Burgoo Festival in Utica Sunday. The annual celebration of harvest and fall — one of the largest in North Central Illinois — again attracted tens of thousands of visitors to the riverside village.
Riding high on her father's shoulders at Sunday's Burgoo Festival in Utica, two year-old Lilly Antos, of Glen Ellyn, draws smiles from the crowds with her bubble-blowing toy.
Thousands visited Utica's Burgoo Festival this Saturday and Sunday.
The 50th annual Burgoo Festival in Utica was packed this year.