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Red Bud is a city in Randolph Countymarker, Illinoismarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 3,422 at the 2000 census.

It is the home of the Red Bud campus of Southwestern Illinois College.


Red Bud is located at .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²), of which, 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²) of it is land and 0.47% is water.


The first building constructed in what became Red Bud was a small log cabin built by Preston Brickey in 1820, in the northern section of the present day city. The first school was held in 1824.

As the settlement grew, it was named for a grove of redbud trees which grew there.

Red Bud was chartered in 1867 and the city incorporated on March 2, 1875.

The city was struck by a tornado on November 18, 1892, which killed two people and seriously injured twelve others.

Local Attractions

Deer Fest

The Red Bud Chamber of Commerce is sponsering their annual Deer Fest which takes place the third weekend in November. Specifically the state of Illinois deer check in services along with weigh-in will be offered in the city parking lot located at 200 South Main Street Red Bud, Illinois (behind Sporto's Pub and Grill). Trophies will be awarded for the biggest buck and biggest doe in both men's and women's division. In addition the person with the biggest buck will win $150 toward a head mount. Also Deer Fest embroidered logo t-shirts and sweatshirts will be available for purchase for those who are interested.

The Red Bud Chamber of Commerce is hosting its' first ever Christmas cocktail concoction contest. The event will take place throughout Deer Fest weekend. Each customer will recieve a ballot every time they purchase a drink at a participating bar. Customers should then fill out the ballot and turn it in to a ballot box. Ballot boxes will be located at the deer check-in station all weekend and then also on Sunday at the Holiday Happening's information table. The winner will be announced the following Monday and will recieve a traveling trophy and bragging rights.

A cash drawing in the amount of $1,000 is open to everyone wanting to participate. Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00 and can be purchased at the chamber of commerce's booth behind Sporto's Pub and Grill. Thus first place will be $1,000 cash, second place is a $100 chamber gift card, and third place is a $50 chamber gift card.In additon, Red Bud's Lions Club is sponsering a Sportsman's Raffle. Enter for your chance to win a Remington Model 1100G3, 12 Ga. 3" Magnum 26" vent rib barrel and the Remington real wood, high grade walnut stock. Second place will win a $100 Cabela's gift card and third place will win a $50 Cabela's gift card. The drawing will take place Sunday of Deer Fest weekend.Furthermore there will be a 50/50 drawing on Sunday. Those interested can purchase tickets for $1.00 each from any board member or at the deer check in station throughout the weekend.

Kaskaskia River Boat Club will host an indoor meat shoot and wheel raffle the Sunday of Deer Fest weekend at Sporto's Pub and Grill.

The Red Bud Chamber of Commerce sponsers a chili, soup, and salsa cook-off on Saturday of Deer Fest weekend. The event will take place in the city parking lot at 200 South Main Street Red Bud, Illinois (next to Spoto's Pub and Grill). Tastings are available for $4.00 per person. Cash prizes will be awarded for best chili, best soup, best salsa, and best booth. Winners will be announced at the end of event. There is a $15.00 entry fee per team. Checks can be made payable to Red Bud Chamber of Commerce and mailed in along with entry form to Chamber Chili, Soup, & Salsa Cook-Off at P.O. Box 66 Red Bud, Illinois 62278. Furthermore, entertainment will be provided by Hunter and Nick.

Holiday Happenings

The Red Bud Chamber of Commerce is sponsering their annual Holiday Happenings on the Sunday of Deer Fest weekend. Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun as this event is open to all interested. You can enjoy Red Bud's great variety of antique and gift shops in addition to the holiday craft fair located at St. John's Lutheran School in Red Bud which is hosted by the current seventh grade class. Admission is free of cost and those who attend can enter for their chance to win a chamber gift card. The Chamber will be giving away twenty $25 gift certificates as part of the Open House.

Trolley rides will be offered throughout the day free of cost to those interested. Shoppers can catch the trolley at The Craft Fair, Santaland, Twyla's Flower Shop, Lau-Nae Winery, and Keil's Pharmacy and Gift Shop.

Gingerbread houses made by children at a class at SWIC will be displayed on Sunday of Deer Fest weekend at Cowell Insurance, BT Floor Designs, Arbeiter & Walker Law Office, North County News, The Healthy Nut, and The Opera House.

Church choirs from various churches in Red Bud will be singing Christmas carols during the early afternoon hours on Sunday of Deer Fest weekend at The Opera House in Red Bud which is located at the square.

Santa Claus is coming to town. Santa will arrive in Red Bud late Sunday morning so watch for him on Main Street. Children can see Santa at Santaland which is located in the Ziebold building at the square. Treats are normally donated by the VFW Post 6632 and Ladies Auxillary. For those unable to attend the Sunday of Deer Fest weekend, Santa will be back in town in December.

Want to have dinner with Santa? Here is your chance! First Bank, along with McDonalds, sponsers a dinner with Santa at SWIC in Red Bud, Illinois. This special night usually includes a treat bag, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a special trip to Santaland for photographs. The event is normally limited to about 75 kids ages 8 and under. Tickets are $5.00 each and can be purchased at North County News, Keil's Pharmacy and Gift Shop, and Twyla's Flower Shop. Those who attend are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy with them to dinner.

The Red Bud Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Human Service Center sponsers a toy, coat, and food drive for the needy families in Randolph County. New unwrapped toys, new or gently used coats, and canned or boxed food can be dropped off at various locations in Red Bud such as IGA, Miller's Meat Market, North County Savings Bank in Ruma, First State Bank of Red Bud from late November to mid December. Items will be donated to the Human Service Center for distribution.


As of the census of 2000, there were 3,422 people, 1,370 households, and 935 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,626.3 people per square mile (629.2/km²). There were 1,462 housing units at an average density of 694.8/sq mi (268.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.71% White, 0.32% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population.

There were 1,370 households out of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 86.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,300, and the median income for a family was $50,280. Males had a median income of $36,049 versus $20,957 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,967. About 6.0% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 13.0% of those age 65 or over.


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