Our 20th anniversary was a grand slam! Almost 2,500 people enjoyed an evening of great music, great food and raised over $470,000 for a great cause. The 2019 live auction was exciting with 22 packages selling for $130,000! Many thanks to the volunteers, sponsors, vendors, supporters and friends that made the event possible.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the 21st annual Barndance has been cancled.


Bands At Barndance

The music lineup each year has something for every taste.

The 2019 event featured music by Bella Cain as the main act and the Nashville trio, Chasing Scarlet on the outdoor stage! The 2019 event also included a special performance by musician Shawn Schell fondly referred to has the shifty hillbilly with golden pipes.


Bella Cain Band
2019 Headlining Act, Bella Cain.
Chasing Scarlet
2019 Act, Chasing Scarlet.
Shawn Schell
2019 Guest performer, Shawn Schell.


Volunteers Needed
Volunteer today!

Volunteer at Barndance

Over 400 volunteers assist at Barndance and are the pulse of this volunteer led event!

Barndance Volunteer

Sponsorship & Underwriting Opportunities

The larger your sponsorship, the more tickets you get to share with family and friends. Contact Andy at 815-338-2300 to become a sponsor today. View the sponsorship levels, benefits and other aspects of the event that require underwriting support. Businesses, individuals and groups for people are welcome to contribute and donate!

Click here for the sponsorship page.

Click here to make a donation. Donations can also be made in honor/memory of someone.


How can you help? Underwrite a bucket gift or help us curate items.

Use your imagination for donating items. Ask yourself where do you like to eat? What experiences do you like? What Live Music event or Sporting Event do you like to attend? What tech item or home improvement tool do you need or want? Dream up cool baskets for us and Donate! Check the Bucket Raffle Page for a full wish list.

Need additional information or have an item or basket to donate? Contact the Raffle chair Diane Messman at 815-382-1580 or dyza10@aol.com.

In accordance with the Internal Revenue Code, part of your donation may be deductible as a charitable donation. Gavers Community Cancer Foundation number is 36-43766889


50/50 RAFFLE

The Gavers Community Cancer Foundation has a 50/50 Raffle at every Barndance.

There will only be one winner. Winner need not be present to win.

The drawing will be during the night of Barndance.

Save time and purchase your 50/50 tickets online!

$5 each or 5 for $20! (best deal).

50/50 tickets can be bought online or at the event.