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Ongoing Events 2018

Jul 15th - Jul 23rd » Van Buren County Fair

Enjoy a week of fun at the Van Buren County Fair! Featuring: Fair Queen Contest, 4-H and FFA exhibit all week, kiddie amusement rides (Thur.-Sat.), Pedal Pull, Open Show Exhibits, Truck & Tractor Pull, Stumptown & The Boys Concert and more. 

Food vendors include Sweet & Saucy, the Methodist Food Stand, Sweet P's, Cheese Curds, the Myers Family and two food booths in the midway.

All times TBA. Check back for updates and final schedule.

Sunday, July 15

  • Gospel Sing, Roberts Building

Monday, July 16 

  • 6:30pm - Queen, Jr. Miss, & Princess Contest, Roberts Building 

Tuesday, July 17 

  • 4-H Judging, Roberts Building

Wednesday, July 18 

  • Open Class Judging, Roberts Building

Thursday, July 19

  • 5 & 8pm - (free!) Bob Bohm Family Magic Show, Horse/Swine Barn
  • 6pm - 4-H/FFA Horse Show, Grandstand (if raining, show barn)

Thursday 7/19 - Saturday 7/21

  • Plein Air at the Fair, Painting Contest. Contestants must pre-register and pay the $25 entry fee online at VillagesFolkSchool.com by Friday, July 13th. Registration Thursday, July 19th from 5-6:30pm at the grandstand. Canvases stamped at registration. Bring your own supplies: Easel, canvas, paper, paints, pastels, frame, etc. All art pieces must be created on the fairgrounds between 5pm Thursday, July 19th through 5pm Saturday, July 21st. All art pieces will be released at 7pm. Cash Prizes, 1st Place: $300, 2nd Place: $200 and 3rd Place: $100.
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Friday, July 20

  • 7pm - Twin States Truck & Tractor Pull (Grandstand)
    Pit admission $20. Grandstand admission $10, age 6-12; $5 and 5 & under; Free.

Saturday, July 21  

  • 8pm - Stumptown, followed by The Boys (Grandstand)
    Grandstand admission $10, age 6-12; $5 and 5 & under; Free. One ticket covers both shows; armband is required for the beer tent area. Concert sponsored by Farm Bureau.

Sunday, July 22 

  • Kids Day, games and vendors all day! Baby contest at 10am, Hawkeye Pedal Pull at 2pm
  • 5:30pm - Goehring Brothers Ranch Rodeo (Grandstand)
    Pit admission $20. Grandstand admission $10, age 6-12; $5 and 5 & under; Free.
Location:Van Buren County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 1 North, Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Rachel Smith
Phone:641-680-0026
Email:vanburencountyfair@gmail.com
Website:http://www.vanburencountyfair.com/

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Jul 20th - Jul 22nd » Ranch Horse Show Series at River Valley Lodge

Ranch Horse Show Series - The fourth of the 2018 series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, wine tasting, dance, food concessions, and more. Camping available on grounds.  

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Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge, 29080 Hawk Dr., Farmington, IA
Contact Person:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleylodgeandcampground.com/

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July 2018

Jul 24th » Keosauqua Farmers Market

The Keosauqua Farmers Market will have various vendors and even entertainment at times. The market will be held each Tuesday from 4-6pm through October. Watch for further details.

Time:4:00pm until 6:00pm
Location:Keosauqua City Park, 100 Van Buren St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Amanda Payne
Phone:319-293-8701
Email:amanda.payne@vbch.org
Website:http://www.thehealthyvillages.com

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Jul 26th - Jul 30th » Old Cowgirls Never Die

Enjoy a great trail ride with the Old Cowgirls Never Die. For details call 563-210-3703.

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Location:River Valley Lodge and Horsecamp, 29080 Hawk Dr., Farmington, IA
Contact Person:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

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Jul 27th - Jul 29th » Donkey Sorting Series

Friday 7-9pm: Donkeys will be numbered up and in pens. People will be able to just ride and a chance for anyone new to get their horses used to the donkey. No admission fee.

Saturday 11am-3pm: Full arena sort. All teams will be drawn, the number of rounds will be determined by the number of people. Teams of 3 people. $15 a person will enter you in all the rounds for the day. You will also need a $5 wristband if you are not camping. Sign up will be 10-10:45am. There will be a Jackpot round at the end of the practice rounds. This will cost $5 a person and each person can enter 3 times.

Sunday 11am-3pm: Sort-n-pen. All teams will be drawn, the number of rounds will be determined by the number of people. Teams of 3 people. $15 a person will enter you in all the rounds for the day. You will also need a $5 wristband if you are not camping. Sign up will be 10-10:45am. There will be a Jackpot round at the end of the practice rounds. This will cost $5 a person and each person can enter 3 times.

There will be year-end awards for top 3 teams presented at the final sort for both full arena and sort-n-pen.

Location:River Valley Lodge and Horsecamp, 29080 Hawk Dr., Farmington, IA
Contact Person:Mike Wright
Phone:217-430-5527
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

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Jul 28th - Aug 4th » Great River Rumble! '18

Travel about 102 miles down two Midwestern Rivers!
You will paddle about 40 miles down one of the larger rivers in Iowa, the Des Moines. You will then enter the Mississippi River just below Keokuk. The trip down the Mississippi River will take you through two locks on your way to the final destination in historic Hannibal, MO.

Download the flyer for more information.

Location:Keosauqua, IA on the Des Moines River to Hannibal, Mo on the Mississippi River
Contact Person:Brittany Tiller
Phone:641-919-6822
Website:http://www.riverrumble.org

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Jul 28th » Bentonsport Farmers Market

Fresh produce, homemade crafts, baked goods, plants, flowers, jams, etc. The market will be held every Saturday from 10am-1pm.

Time:10:00am until 1:00pm
Location:Bentonsport Riverside Park, 21964 Hawk Dr., Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Randy Hardin
Phone:641-919-8412

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Jul 28th » Birmingham Lions Homemade Ice Cream Supper

Serving 6 flavors of ice cream, ham and cheese sandwiches, various desserts and beverages. Live musical entertainment will be present. Free will offering. Proceeds will be used for Lions projects.

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:110 Cross St., Birmingham, IA
Contact Person:Harry Anderson
Phone:(319)288-0727
Email:hjbla@netins.net

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Jul 31st » Keosauqua Farmers Market

The Keosauqua Farmers Market will have various vendors and even entertainment at times. The market will be held each Tuesday from 4-6pm through October. Watch for further details.

Time:4:00pm until 6:00pm
Location:Keosauqua City Park, 100 Van Buren St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Amanda Payne
Phone:319-293-8701
Email:amanda.payne@vbch.org
Website:http://www.thehealthyvillages.com

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Jul 31st » Safe & Healthy Kids Fair

The Annual Safe and Healthy Kids Fair is free and open to the public. Students who attend the fair that goes to either Van Buren or Harmony Community School or is homeschooled in Van Buren County will receive a free school supply voucher and backpack. There will also be free dental screening, books, hygiene items, vision screening and much more!  

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Roberts Memorial Center, 20497 Hwy 1. N., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Melissa Daugherty
Phone:319-293-8727

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August 2018

Aug 3rd - Aug 4th » Cantril Dayz

Central Empire Wrestling, Butch Patrick, Munster Koach & Dragula Tribute Hot Rods will be the featured attractions at this years Cantril Dayz Celebration! 

Friday Evening
Food Vendors - Bailey's BBQ Barn, Snack in Sack & other food vendors

5pm - Taste of Cantril Supper - Grilled chicken/pork (free will donation)

5-8pm - Soft Serve Ice Cream Served

6pm - Danny Hughes / Doc Martin Memorial Tournament @ tent

6pm - Central Empire Wrestling
Limited ringside seats available $15, tickets can be purchased @ 1st Iowa State Bank in Cantril, all other seating free will donation.

Saturday
Food Vendors - Bailey's BBQ Barn, Snack in Sack & other food vendors

10am - Kids Games 
Face Painting, Squirt Gun Fights, Pirate Ship Twister, Sports Combo, Laser Tag & more.

10am - Co-ed Softball Tournament Begins

10am-5pm - Butch Patrick, Munster Koach & Dragula Tribute Hot Rods

12-4pm - Goofy Faces Caricatures

1pm - Sanctioned Kiddie Tractor Pull @ old tennis court (registration @ 12:30pm)

2-4pm - Soft Serve Ice Cream Served.

2-6pm - Tom Terrific the Balloon Man

2:30pm - Silver Mine

3pm - Pig Scramble (registration @ 2:45pm)

3-7pm - Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show @ ball diamond

6pm  - M & M Dayz Parade (lineup @ 5:30pm at Waubonsie Campground)

7pm - M & M Drop (tickets available at information table)

7:15pm - Matt Stutzman Armless Archer (free will donation)

8pm-Midnight - Van & The Movers @ tent (beer not sold on site)

9pm or dark - Fireworks (watch from the ball diamond) 

All activities at or around the ball diamond
Information desk @ ball diamond
Proceeds to Cantril City Park & Cantril Days Activities

Location:Cantril Ball Diamond, corner of Grant St. & E 2nd St., Cantril, IA
Contact Person:Mary Jane Mast
Phone:319-288-0834
Email:mast6@netins.net

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Aug 4th » Villages Folk School Class

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the eleven historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. Classes are held in peaceful rural settings so students can return to a simpler time and witness the importance of the artisan in village-life. Pre-registration is required for classes.

  • 4th ~ Blacksmithing: Forge Welding with Bill Printy/Mark Heisdorffer.
  • 4th ~ Advanced Leather Crafting with Stuart Holmes.

Additional Details for a Class
Register for August Classes

Location:809 First St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Mel
Phone:319-288-0047
Website:http://VillagesFolkSchool.com

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Aug 4th » Breakfast on Main Street

Full hot breakfast for a free will donation.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte Opera House, 614 First Street, Bonaparte, IA

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Aug 4th » Bentonsport Farmers Market

Fresh produce, homemade crafts, baked goods, plants, flowers, jams, etc. The market will be held every Saturday from 10am-1pm.

Time:10:00am until 1:00pm
Location:Bentonsport Riverside Park, 21964 Hawk Dr., Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Randy Hardin
Phone:641-919-8412

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Aug 4th » Raku Firing at Bonaparte Pottery

On-site potter will teach the art of Raku Firing using a pre-fired bisque piece of hand-crafted pottery. Prices vary per piece. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy an evening of hot dogs, smores and relaxing by the river!

Time:11:00am
Location:Bonaparte Pottery, 411 1st St., Bonaparte, Ia
Contact Person:Marilyn Thomas
Phone:319-592-3620

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Aug 5th » Villages Folk School Class

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the eleven historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. Classes are held in peaceful rural settings so students can return to a simpler time and witness the importance of the artisan in village-life. Pre-registration is required for classes.

  • 5th ~ Advanced Leather Crafting with Stuart Holmes.

Additional Details for a Class
Register for August Classes

Location:809 First St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Mel
Phone:319-288-0047
Website:http://VillagesFolkSchool.com

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Aug 7th » Keosauqua Farmers Market

The Keosauqua Farmers Market will have various vendors and even entertainment at times. The market will be held each Tuesday from 4-6pm through October. Watch for further details.?

Time:4:00pm until 6:00pm
Location:Keosauqua City Park, 100 Van Buren St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Amanda Payne
Phone:319-293-8701
Email:amanda.payne@vbch.org
Website:http://www.thehealthyvillages.com

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Aug 11th » Villages Folk School Class

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the eleven historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. Classes are held in peaceful rural settings so students can return to a simpler time and witness the importance of the artisan in village-life. Pre-registration is required for classes.

  • 11th ~ J40 Fusion Dying with Pat Crawford.

Additional Details for a Class
Register for August Classes

 

Location:809 First St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Mel
Phone:319-288-0047
Website:http://VillagesFolkSchool.com

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Aug 11th » J40 Farm Crawl

A unique free family fun weekend filled with Farm Tours, Local Artists, Winery, Cheese Creamery, Amish Furniture, Clay Oven Baking, Wagon Rides, Amish School Breakfast, Glass Blowing, Homemade Ice Cream, Demonstrations and much more.

Download J40 Farm Crawl Brochure

Time:8:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Along County Road J40, West of Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Kim Blair
Phone:641-233-8210
Email:bloomandbark@netins.net
Website:http://www.facebook.com/J40FarmCrawl

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Aug 11th » Bentonsport Farmers Market

Fresh produce, homemade crafts, baked goods, plants, flowers, jams, etc. The market will be held every Saturday from 10am-1pm.

Time:10:00am until 1:00pm
Location:Bentonsport Riverside Park, 21964 Hawk Dr., Bentonsport, I
Contact Person:Randy Hardin
Phone:641-919-8412

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Aug 14th » Keosauqua Farmers Market

The Keosauqua Farmers Market will have various vendors and even entertainment at times. The market will be held each Tuesday from 4-6pm through October. Watch for further details.

Time:4:00pm until 6:00pm
Location:Keosauqua City Park, 100 Van Buren St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Amanda Payne
Phone:319-293-8701
Email:amanda.payne@vbch.org
Website:http://www.thehealthyvillages.com

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Aug 17th - Aug 19th » Ranch Horse Show Series at River Valley Lodge

Ranch Horse Show Series - The fifth of the 2018 series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, wine tasting, dance, food concessions, and more. Camping available on grounds.  

Download the 2018 Schedule of Events

Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge, 29080 Hawk Dr., Farmington, IA
Contact Person:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleylodgeandcampground.com/

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Aug 18th - Aug 19th » Bike Van Buren XXXII

Enjoy a fun-filled weekend while exploring all of the historic Villages of Van Buren. This is a casual, family-oriented bicycle ride through Van Buren County, Iowa. You'll enjoy some of the finest hospitality around with SAG support and numerous food/drink stops along the route.

More information on Bike Van Buren XXXII

Register for Bike Van Buren
Pre-register by July 30th and save $10. 

Download mail-in registration form

No bike? No problem! 
Bike Rentals Available!
Paddle, Pedal and More 319-592-3220

Bickels Cycling & Fitness 319-754-4410

NOTICE: Lacey-Keosauqua State Park will be CLOSED for renovations. Arrangements for camping have been made at the Van Buren County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 1 North, Keosauqua. Fees are $15 per night (tent or RV) and includes electricity, restrooms and showers. Camping fees will be paid as part of your Bike Van Buren registration process.

Location:100 Van Buren St., Keosauqua, IA
Phone:319-293-7111
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com

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Aug 18th » Villages Folk School Class

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the eleven historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. Classes are held in peaceful rural settings so students can return to a simpler time and witness the importance of the artisan in village-life. Pre-registration is required for classes.

  • 18th ~ Plein Air: Landscapes with John Preston.

Additional Details for a Class
Register for August Classes

Location:809 First St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Mel
Phone:319-288-0047
Website:http://VillagesFolkSchool.com

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Aug 18th - Aug 19th » Keosauqua Lions Breakfast

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake, Sausage, Eggs & Fresh Fruit both mornings. Everyone is invited! Sat.& Sun 7-10am. $8 for adults, $4 age 5-10 and 0-4 Free. Trek Bicycle Raffle on Saturday evening at 6pm.

 

Time:7:00am until 10:00am
Location:Keosauqua City Park, 100 Van Buren St. Keosauqua, IA
Phone:660-216-9321

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Aug 18th » Bentonsport Farmers Market

Fresh produce, homemade crafts, baked goods, plants, flowers, jams, etc. The market will be held every Saturday from 10am-1pm.

Time:10:00am until 1:00pm
Location:Bentonsport Riverside Park, 21964 Hawk Dr., Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Randy Hardin
Phone:641-919-8412

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Aug 21st » Keosauqua Farmers Market

The Keosauqua Farmers Market will have various vendors and even entertainment at times. The market will be held each Tuesday from 4-6pm through October. Watch for further details.

Time:4:00pm until 6:00pm
Location:Keosauqua City Park, 100 Van Buren St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Amanda Payne
Email:amanda.payne@vbch.org
Website:http://www.thehealthyvillages.com

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Aug 24th - Aug 26th » All Around Cowgirl Challenge

All Around Cowgirl Challenge featuring four events. Ranch Pleasure, Ranch Cutting, Barrel Racing, and Team Sorting. Limited entries so call 641-214-2926 or 563-880-6112.

Download the 2018 Schedule of Events

Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge, 29080 Hawk Dr., Farmington, IA
Contact Person:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleylodgeandcampground.com/

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Aug 25th » Villages Folk School Class

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the eleven historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. Classes are held in peaceful rural settings so students can return to a simpler time and witness the importance of the artisan in village-life. Pre-registration is required for classes.

  • 25th ~ Sculpting Basics: Wildfire with Chris Bennett.
Location:809 First St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Mel
Phone:319-288-0047
Website:http://VillagesFolkSchool.com

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Aug 25th » Bentonsport Farmers Market

Fresh produce, homemade crafts, baked goods, plants, flowers, jams, etc. The market will be held every Saturday from 10am-1pm.

Time:10:00am until 1:00pm
Location:Bentonsport Riverside Park, 21964 Hawk Dr., Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Randy Hardin
Phone:641-919-8412

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Aug 26th » Keosauqua Chamber 13th Annual Golf Tournament

4 - person best shot. Open to everyone! $120 per team of 4, Lunch Included. Win cash prizes, door prizes, and fun shot prizes. If it happens to rain they will reschedule to Saturday, September 9th. Registration 8:30am Tee off 9am.

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Time:9:00am
Location:Riverview Country Club, 217 Riverview Dr., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Heidi Bainbridge
Phone:319-293-3536
Email:keochamber@gmail.com
Website:http://www.keosauqua.com

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Aug 28th » Keosauqua Farmers Market

The Keosauqua Farmers Market will have various vendors and even entertainment at times. The market will be held each Tuesday from 4-6pm through October. Watch for further details.

Time:4:00pm until 6:00pm
Location:Keosauqua City Park, 100 Van Buren St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Amanda Payne
Phone:319-293-8701
Email:amanda.payne@vbch.org
Website:http://www.thehealthyvillages.com

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Aug 31st - Sep 2nd » Stockport Lions BBQ Days

Great weekend with the whole family. Truck Pull, Parade, Games for the whole family, Pedal Pull, Tractor Pull & More.

 

Location:Saddle Club Park, Stockport, IA
Contact Person:Kriss McLain
Phone:319-796-4342

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Aug 31st - Sep 2nd » Donkey Sorting Series

Friday 7-9pm: Donkeys will be numbered up and in pens. People will be able to just ride and a chance for anyone new to get their horses used to the donkey. No admission fee.

Saturday 11am-3pm: Full arena sort. All teams will be drawn, the number of rounds will be determined by the number of people. Teams of 3 people. $15 a person will enter you in all the rounds for the day. You will also need a $5 wristband if you are not camping. Sign up will be 10-10:45am. There will be a Jackpot round at the end of the practice rounds. This will cost $5 a person and each person can enter 3 times.

Sunday 11am-3pm: Sort-n-pen. All teams will be drawn, the number of rounds will be determined by the number of people. Teams of 3 people. $15 a person will enter you in all the rounds for the day. You will also need a $5 wristband if you are not camping. Sign up will be 10-10:45am. There will be a Jackpot round at the end of the practice rounds. This will cost $5 a person and each person can enter 3 times.

There will be year-end awards for top 3 teams presented at the final sort for both full arena and sort-n-pen.

Location:River Valley Lodge and Horsecamp, 29080 Hawk Dr., Farmington, IA
Contact Person:Mike Wright
Phone:217-430-5527
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

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