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Welcome to Boone County


On behalf of the Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce, we want to welcome you to Boone County, whether this is your first time visiting or if you are relocating to our great community.

One of the first things you will discover about Boone County is the friendliness of its people who come from all walks of life. Whether you are a teacher, farmer, fireman, police officer, lawyer, librarian or homemaker, we are all connected in some way. Our children go to school together, our families worship together, or maybe we volunteer for some of the same worthwhile community organizations. There is a great work ethic among Boone County residents – a willingness to roll up their sleeves and get to work on making our community a better place to live. That is just one reason Boone County is special. It is a place where people truly care about one another.

The Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce shares that same belief. The Chamber is a group of businesses working together to promote the business environment in their community. By promoting business, there are more opportunities for job growth and more people who desire to live, work and play in our communities.

What do we love about Boone County? What is not to love? Our beautiful parks and golf courses are enjoyed throughout most months of the year. When spring arrives, our ball fields come alive with families watching their little ones play soccer and baseball. Summer is a time for heading to the local pool and gearing up for the much-anticipated Boone County Fair. There are many arts and craft fairs, weekly farmers’ market, summer concerts and holiday events, as well as special events hosted by any one of our many civic organizations. In the fall, there are many events and festivities organized by the Park District and Boone County Conservation District, not to mention the excitement of Friday night high school football at our three local high schools.

As we celebrate our 100th anniversary, our mission remains the same. It is to support the diverse business community in town. Our Chamber staff, board of directors and volunteers work tirelessly on a variety of efforts – on the beautification of our commercial districts, the creation of fun events that bring residents together and promote local business, organizing informational and social events to bring residents together, sponsoring the annual Hometown Christmas celebration and much more.

Inside this guide, you will find plenty of information about education, health care, business and living in Boone County. We hope you will enjoy special features on the Boone County Fair, Belvidere native and Miss America Judi Ford Nash, and a profile of the Faces of Boone County.

Whether you are spending a day, a weekend, a week, or relocating permanently to Boone County, we invite you to contact the Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce for current information, helpful tips, a calendar of events or just general questions about our community. Take some time to explore Belvidere and Boone County to see what everyone is talking about.

Dawna Menke
Board President

Tom Lassandro
Executive Director

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