Trick or Treat Hours

Trick or Treat hours will be from 5-7:30pm on Thursday, October 31, 2019.  Please have your porch light on if you wish to have trick or treaters stop.


2019 Labor Day Weekends Schedule of Events

Village of Bradford

2019 Labor Day Weekend Schedule of Events

150 Years Young

Friday, August 30th

  • DJ, Justin Orabutt in Elsie Hodges Park for an all ages dance from 6-9pm
  • Dinner theatre at Shallowbrook: “Adventures of the Model T Girls” at 6:00pm (Sold Out)

Saturday, August 31st

  • Lions Club Bags Tournament on Main Street: Registration at 10:30am, Starts at 11:00am. All proceeds will go to the Junvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Cemetery Walk at 10:00am-Meet at the park for transportation to the cemetery
  • Entertainment at Elsie Hodges Park starting at 12:00pm: Face Painting, PNB Slim Table, Unique Twist Balloon Creations, The Beta’s “Paint a Board,” Martin Sullivan Tractor Exploration, Michlig Ag corn pile play, Bradford Snack Shack Dunk Tank, and a visit from Marshall (Paw Patrol) from 12:30-1:30pm and Poppy (Trolls) from 1:30-2:30pm
  • Food: The Highland’s Patty Wagon- grilled food, The Bradford Snack Shack-Ice Cream and Snacks, Kettle Corn King- Popcorn and Snow cones
  • ” Adventures of the Model T Girls” matinee at the Bradford Junior High School at 3:00pm
  • Community Photo at the Bradford Junior High School at 6:00pm
  • Pub Crawl from 11:00am to 7:30pm-Prizes at each stop!
  • Fireworks at the Baseball Field at dusk to celebrate Bradford’s 150th Birthday!
  • w Beer Tent on Main Street: open from 11:00am-12:30am. Music by “Billy Washburn” from 4-7:00pm and “The Fears of John” from 8:30pm-12:30am. NO outside alcohol will be permitted in the fenced area on Main Street at any time and no one under the age of 18 will be allowed in the fenced area on Main Street after 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday, September 1st

  • Bradford Fire Department Pancake Breakfast from 8:00-11:00am –Fire Station
  • The Village of Bradford 13th Annual Car Show from 8:00am-3:00pm-Main Street
  • Vendor Show from 8:00am-3:00pm-Elsie Hodges Park
  • Swimming Pool Bake Sale Fundraiser from 11:00am-2:00pm-Village Hall
  • Bradford in the 1920-30”s silent movie on Sunday and Monday- Village Hall-
  • Food: The Highland’s Patty Wagon, The Bradford Snack Shack, and Kettle Corn King
  • Little Miss Bradford at the Bradford Grade School at 2:00pm
  • Fish Fry at the Bradford American Legion from 3:00-7:00pm
  • Beer Tent on Main Street from 11:00am-12:00am: Music by Rick and Joe from 4:30-7:00pm and “Whiskey Bent” from 7:30-11:30pm.

Monday, September 2nd

  • Bradford Fire Department Pork Chop Sandwich Stand from 9:00am-2:00pm- Fire Department
  • Snacks: The Bradford Snack Shack and Kettle Corn King
  • Swimming Pool Bake Sale Fundraiser from 11:30am-2:00pm- Village Hall
  • Labor Day Parade-“150 Years Young!” at 11:00am. Following the parade on Main Street: Kiddie tractor pulls, Frog jumping contest, Kids Water Fights, and Unique Twist Balloon Creations

Labor Day Celebration

Village of Bradford


Schedule of Events

Friday, August 30

  • DJ in the Park for all ages – 6 – 9 p.m.
  • Dinner Theatre at Shallowbrook Farm – “Adventures of the Model T Girls” – 6 p.m.

Saturday, August 31

  • Lions Club Bags Tournament on Main Street – Registration at 10:30 a.m. – Tournament starts at 11 a.m. – All proceeds go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
  • Entertainment at Elsie Hodges Park – Face Painting ~ Unique Twist Balloons, 1 – 3 p.m. ~ Beta’s “Paint a Board” ~ Tractor Exploration ~ Marshall from Paw Patrol, 12:30 – 1:30 & Poppy from Trolls, 1:30 – 2:30 ~ Snack Shack Dunk Tank ~ Peoples National Bank Slime Table
  • Food – The Highland’s Patty Wagon ~ The Bradford Snack Shack ~ Kettle Corn King
  • Adventures of the Model T Girls matinee at Bradford Junior High School – 3 p.m. – Tickets $10 each
  • Community photo at the Bradford Junior High – 6 p.m.
  • Pub Crawl – 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Beer Tent on Main Street – 11 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. – Music from Billy Washburn 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. & The Fears of John from 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.  No outside slcohol will be permitted in the fenced area on Main Street at anytime.

Sunday, September 1

  • Bradford Fire Department Pancake Breakfast – 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Fire House
  • The Village of Bradford’s 13th Annual Car Show  – 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Main Street
  • Vendor Show – 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Elsie Hodges Park
  • Bradford Swimming Pool Bake Sale – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Village Hall
  • Food – The Highland’s Patty Wagon ~ The Bradford Snack Shack ~ Kettle Corn King
  • Little Miss Bradford – 2 p.m. – Bradford Grade School
  • Snack Shack Dunk Tank
  • Fish Fry  – 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Bradford American Legion
  • Beer Tent on Main Street – 7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. ~ Music by Whiskey Bent

Monday, September 2

  • Bradford Fire Department Pork Chop Sandwich Stand – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Fire House
  • Bradford Swimming Pool Bake Sale  – 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Village Hall
  • LABOR DAY PARADE – 11 a.m. – Main Street ~ Following the parade there will be kiddie tractor pulls, frog jumping contest and kids water fights
  • Unique Twist Balloons – 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Snack Shack Dunk Tank



Bradford Heavy Trash Pick Up will be the week of April 29 – May 3, 2019

In order for your heavy trash to be picked up you must pay a $10 fee at the Village Office by April 26, 2019.

All items must be out by Sunday, April 28, 2019.

There will only be one pickup per home, with no exceptions.  The village will conduct one pass down each village street.  Anything put out after your street has been picked up will be the responsibility of the home owner to remove, by May 4, 2019.  NO electronics will be picked up on Heavy Trash.  (Contact Eagle Recycling on how to recycle electronic items.)

Heavy Trash consists of items not normally put out for regular trash day pickup or recycling day pick up.  Please keep Heavy Trash items seperate from normal trash & recycling items.

The Village has discretion on all items placed out for heavy trash pick up.  If the items cannot be removed the home owner is responsible to remove the items by May 4, 2019.

The following items will NOT be picked up:

Tires, batteries, wire, fencing, kitchen waste, landscaping waste or brush, chemicals, petroleum products, lumber, bricks, cement or cement products, demolition items (laths, plaster, shingles, etc.) Or recycling items.

Special Notes:

Metal items are to be kept separate and rods or poles must not exceed 4 feet in length.

Paint cans must have lids removed and be dry and empty

Items are to be placed at the curbside in such a manner that special cleanup is not required.

Individuals having contract work done must require the contractor to dispose of material themselves.

No burn barrel waste, or waste brought into the Village.

Limited piles per household, (Standard Pick-up load 5×8) only.

Click on the link below for the complete flyer

Celebrating 150 Years…

We are who we are because they were who they were…Celebrating the Bradford Community

The town of Bradford will be celebrating 150 years in 2019. A summer long celebration is being planned. More to come…

Check out the “Bradford 150th Celebration” tab on the home page.

May Declared Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Awareness Month

The Village Board declared May as ALS Awareness Month at the May 14, village board meeting.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) more commonly referred to as Lou Gerrig’s disease, is a progressive fatal neuromuscular disorder that occurs when motor nerve cells cease to function and die.  What makes ALS unique compared to most other diseases is there is no known cause, cure or means of prevention.

As this disease progresses the patient experiences difficulty in swallowing, talking and breathing, and eventually causes muscles to atrophy and the patient becomes a functional quadriplegic.  Whereas ALS does not affect a patient’s metal capacity, so that the patient remains alert and aware of their loss of motor functions and the inevitable outcome of continued deterioration and death.  The average ALS patient survives for an average of two to five years from diagnosis.

By declaring May to be an awareness month the hope is to increase the public’s awareness of ALS patients’ circumstances and acknowledges the terrible impact this disease has not only on the patient but on his or her family and the community.  By this proclamation the Village of Bradford hopes and prays for a cure from this horrible disease, acknowledging the research that is currently being done through the Centers of Disease Control to eradicate this disease.

For more information on ALS contact the ALS Association at



11th Annual Labor Day Weekend Car Show!

11th Annual Labor Day Weekend Car Show!

Sunday September 3, 2017

Main Street, Bradford, Illinois

Pre-entry $8.00

Day of Show $10.00

Registration 8-noon

Dash plaques to first 100

Participant voting noon-1 pm

Awards at 3 pm

 Music and electronic balloting provided by 3-D Sound Company

Classes are provided on the back side.

Send Check or Money order (Bradford Car Show) to: Village of Bradford, PO Box 9, Bradford, IL  61421

Pre-Entry deadline is August 31, 2017






Year/Make/Model ______________________________________________________________________

Class Entry______________

In consideration of the right to participate, entrants, participants, and spectators, by execution of this entry for, expressly release and discharge the Bradford Car Show, and all representatives connected with this event of/and from any and all known and unknown injuries suffered to entrant and entrant’s property.

 Entrant’s Signature ____________________________________________________________________

                                             (If under age, parent or legal guardian’s signature is required)

For more info, call Bradford Village Hall (309) 897-2071


Classes for 2017(Plaque Awards)

  1. Pre 1949 Original/Restored  M.1965-1969 Modified
  2. 1950-1959 Original/Restored                       1970-1979 Modified
  3. 1960-1964 Original/Restored   1980-1989 Modified
  4. 1965-1969 Original/Restored   1990-1999 Modified
  5. 1970-1979 Original/Restored  Q.  2000-Present Modified
  6. 1980-1989 Original/Restored R.  2wd Trucks Modified
  7. 1990-1999 Original/Restored    4X4 All
  8. 2000-Present Original/Restored     Pro Street any Tubbed
  9. 2wd Trucks Original/Restored U.  4 Door
  10. Pre 1949 Modified V. Special Interest
  11. 1950-1959 Modified W. Motorcycles All
  12. 1960-1964 Modified Imports



Best of Show

Show Original

Show Modified

Best Chevy

Best Ford

Best Mopar

Best GM non-Chevy

Mayor’s Choice

Bill Bauer Memorial