Welcome... To PetersburgIL.com!
PetersburgIL.com is the original web site to be focused on the historic Central-Illinois city of Petersburg, which is the county seat of Menard County, IL. Our web site has served Petersburg and the Menard County Illinois area since 1997.
Petersburg blends the old and the new into a place that is a great place to visit and a great place to call home. Petersburg and all of the other Menard County towns are close enough to Springfield Illinois to enjoy the resources of the city, yet far enough away to retain the small-town charm that draws tourists and new residents alike to our area.
Current Local Events, News, & Activities:
New Boutique Shop on the Square - The Small Town Charm Boutiques shop has opened on the west side of the Petersburg Square in the former "Peddlers" building. Owners Mia Sullivan, Kristal Berck, and Jennifer Phillips teamed with a number of independent vendors to provide a fresh shopping experience for antique bargain hunters; Kristal and Jennifer will also operate the Angel Wing Art gallery within the Small Town Charm Boutiques location at 113 S 7th Street. Other shops are in various stages of opening, and we will have a further report on new business developments on the Square as they unfold.
New Downtown Petersburg Restaurant - The Douglas Street Grill has opened at the location formerly occupied by Stonebake Pizza at 221 E Douglas in Petersburg, Illinois. An exciting new menu is being served that is sure to please their customers. For more information, call 632-7008.
Vintage Ag Association Expands - The Vintage Agriculture Association is breaking ground for their new building, which has been designed to effectively display their farm machinery collections. The building will be located along IL 97 just north of Petersburg. Not only will this be a building for meetings and association activities, but it will include static displays in the museum section, and will provide a venue for a wide variety of farm equipment demonstrations during special community events. Learn more at www.VintageAg.com
Menard Archers 2013 Public 3D Archery Event Schedule - The Menard Archers Archery Club started their 2013 Season outdoor archery 3D event on Sunday, February 24th. This was the first of eight 3D archery events open to the public this year, ending in September just before the 2013 Illinois Archery Deer Season begins October 1st. The club has thirty 3D targets set up depicting realistic archery hunting scenarios at their range, which is located next to the west edge of New Salem State Park along State Park Drive. Club membership primarily is drawn from Menard and Sangamon Counties, but archers from all over the state of Illinois come to participate in their public 3D shoots. The Menard Archers is currently holding their annual membership drive; the club currently meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm. For more information, check out the club web site at www.menardarchers.com.
Local Recording Artist Recognized - At the age of 15, Taylor June Trousdale started to perform at Fairs, Festivals, Opry's and many other venues under the name of just "Taylor June." She then joined the Illinois Country Music Association, and performed in a variety of events. In 2010, 2011, and 2012 she received "Songwriter of the Year" in the youth category, and also received an award for "Female Entertainer" in 2011 at the North American Country Music Awards International. She has recently released a new major project. You can get further details at www.TaylorJuneMusic.com, or find her music on iTunes, Reverbnation, Bluestream Records, and other national music sources. Learn More
Annual Petersburg and Menard County Events:
Harvest Fest - The Annual Petersburg Harvest Fest is held annually during mid-September. A wide variety of events and activities are featured each year in the Annual Harvest Fest, including a large community parade!
The 2012 Annual Petersburg Harvest Fest was held starting on Friday night September 14th, and continued all day Saturday September 15th.
- On Friday night, there was entertainment in the VFW beer tent from 8 pm until midnight. The Art Exhibit at the Prairie Palette Art Gallery (a Problem Solvers Project ) was also open. All day Saturday, vendors manned food and craft booths around the Square, with a "Kid's Corner" featuring multiple activities for youngsters. The VFW 21 Gun Salute was held at the Veterans Memorial at 9:30 am. Also on Saturday, the Harvest Fest Parade started at 10 am with a new route, and the Harvest Fest 5K Run was held. The Rescue Squad Pork Chop Sandwich Lunch started at 11 am, and the Menard County Historical Museum was open from 11 am - 3 pm. Throughout Saturday, visitors viewed the Vintage Ag Association Tractor Display, enjoyed a Car Show, played Bingo, and learned more about Petersburg at the Community Photos & Memorabilia booth. On Saturday Night there was live entertainment, with the Hipbone Sam Band playing from 4-7 pm, and the Seeing Daylight Band from 8-midnight.
Full details and Harvest Fest event listings are available from the Petersburg Observer newspaper!
View The 2010 Harvest Fest Photo Slide Show - 120+ photos taken around the square and during the parade! Photos of this year's event will be published in the near future - check back soon!
2012 Menard County Fair - The 157th Annual Menard County Fair kicked off on Tuesday July 17th at the Menard County fairgrounds, and ran through Sunday, July 22nd. The Menard County Fair Queen pageant was held on the first day of the Fair at 7 pm. Miss Menard County 2012 is Kristen Sidwell, the new Junior Miss Menard County is Morgan Penrod, and this year's Little Miss Menard County is Lakyn Buch.
The 2012 Menard County Fair Special Events included a Talent Contest, Demolition Derby, Kids Activities, Antique Tractor Pull, Tractor & Truck Pull, Truck Show, and a Mud Bog & Dash for Cash. The Menard County Fair also offered a wide variety of judging competitions, food & drink items, and a carnival. Specific wrap-up details of the 2012 Menard County Fair are available online at www.menardcountyfair.com, or from the Petersburg Observer newspaper office.
For tourists and other visitors, Petersburg and Menard County are nationally known for a great antique shopping experience, as well as proximity to several historical sites such as Abe Lincoln's nearby New Salem State Park.
New Salem is the local log cabin village where Abraham Lincoln lived and worked as he prepared for his role in changing the course of our national destiny. As President (1861-1865) of the United States, Lincoln guided our country with the knowledge and wisdom that he had developed here on the banks of the Sangamon river.
For our residents, Petersburg and the surrounding area combines a vibrant business community, beautiful scenery, an excellent school system, and progressive governmental services into a great place to live and work.
Sportsmen especially appreciate the abundant wildlife and outdoor recreational opportunities at local areas such as nearby JEPC (Jim Edgar State Fish & Wildlife Area) where hiking, hunting, and fishing opportunities abound.