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May 2018

May 22nd - May 29th » Keosauqua Farmers Market

The Keosauqua Farmers Market will have various vendors and even entertainment at times. The market will be held each Tuesday from 4:00--6:00 PM beginning May 22nd through October. 

  • May 22nd
  • May 29th - Sign up for the summer reading program with Keosauqua Public Library & enjoy a storybook walk at the Keosauqua Farmers Market.
Location:Keosauqua City Park 100 Van Buren Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Amanda Payne
Phone:319-293-8701
Email:amanda.payne@vbch.org
Website:http://www.thehealthyvillages.com

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May 25th - May 27th » Bonaparte City Wide yard sales

Bonaparte city-wide yard sales Fri., Sat. & Sun., throughout the town.

Location:Bonaparte, IA

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May 25th » Villages Folk School BBQ & Pie Auction

Join the Villages Folk School at their Annual Memorial Day Weekend BBQ & Pie Auction!  Enjoy BBQ Brisket plate for $10 or Pulled Pork plate for $8, along with homemade salads and cookies. There will be a Plein Air Quick Paint Contest through the Van Buren County Arts Council.  Participants must register in advance for the outdoor painting contest. Homemade pies auctioned off throughout the evening. Bring your lawn chair and join the fun under the BIG TENT in the Keosauqua City Park!

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Keosauqua City Park, 100 Van Buren St. Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Mel
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:villagesfolkschool@gmail.com
Website:http://VillagesFolkSchool.com

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May 26th » Memorial/Alumni Breakfast

Keosauqua Lions serve an All-You-Can-Eat pancake and sausage breakfast for a free will donation.

Time:7:00am until 10:00am
Location:Keosauqua City Park, 100 Van Buren St., Keosauqua, IA
Phone:641-799-7953

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May 26th - May 27th » Bentonsport Flea Market & Craft Show

Bentonsport Historic District will be having its annual Spring Flea Market and Craft Show during the Memorial weekend. A variety of vendors will be set up along Riverside Park. There will be music, food, crafts, antiques and a wandering musician. Shops will be open and demonstrations of rug weaving and more. New vendors welcome

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Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Bentonsport Historic District, 21968 Hawk Dr., Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Greef General Store
Phone:319-592-3579
Email:greefstore@netins.net
Website:http://www.greefstore.com

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May 27th » Rollin on the River

Enjoy an afternoon and evening of fun for the whole family at the Riverfront Amphitheater! 
12pm - Chickadees
2pm - Wild Wild West Band
4pm - Van & The Movers
6pm - Contingency
8pm - The Boys
All proceeds are for the Ferguson Sports Complex.

Location:Riverfront Park, Corner of Park St. and Market St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Sam
Phone:319-293-3536
Email:citykeo@netins.net

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May 27th » Pearson House Museum Memorial Weekend Open House

Open House for season tours. There is no cost but donations are appreciated. The Historic Circuit Rider Service will be up stairs in the Church Meeting Room at 12pm. Costumed tour guides of Pearson Family Home, which was a safe house on the Underground Railroad for escaping slaves, Ellis School House and Moughler Pioneer Log Cabin. 

Time:12:00pm until 4:00pm
Location:Pearson House Museum Complex, 718 Dodge St., Keosauqua, IA
Phone:641-431-0581/319-288-1200
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com

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May 27th » Memorial Day Program

Enjoy an evening program of music and stories honoring all Veterans who gave their lives to protect our country.

No admission fee. Everyone welcome.

Time:6:30pm
Location:Historic Presbyterian Church, 21827 Ridge Rd., Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Herb
Phone:319-592-3191

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May 28th » Milton Lions Memorial Day Lunch

Bring your family, friends, neighbors and enjoy Memorial Day with a full Lunch and dessert. Adults: $8, Children 5-12: $4, 4 and under are Free. Sponsored by the Milton Lions Club.

Time:11:30am until 1:00pm
Location:Milton American Legion Bldg. 3201 N. Main St. Milton, Iowa

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May 28th » Douds Memorial Day Service

Douds American Legion Auxiliary Memorial day Service. Potluck dinner at 6pm. There is no cost. Everyone bring a dish you would like to share. Memorial Day Service program will begin at 7:15pm followed by the traditional walk to the Des Moines River bridge.

Time:6:00pm until 9:00pm
Location:Douds Community Center Main St. Douds, IA
Contact Person:Sandra Gire
Phone:641-208-743
Email:gire@iowatelecom.net

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May 31st - Jun 5th » River Valley Lodge Colt Starting Competition

River Valley Lodge hosts their 11th Annual Cowboy Fun Colt Starting Competition. 1st prize - $2,000 cash. Peoples Choice Award, dance, wine tasting, food, cattle sorting, and more! Colts will be offered for sale after the event.

Horsemanship Clinics with Mark and Miranda Lyons. “Ranch Horse Fundamentals” on May 31st and June 1st and “Advancing the Green Horse” on June 4th & 5th. Call 501-249-0117 for details.
 
Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge 29080 Hawk Dr. Farmington, IA
Contact Person:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

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June 2018

Jun 1st - Jun 3rd » Birmingham Homecoming

Friday, June 1 

5pm.....Tenderloin Supper.    

5:30pm...PRINCE AND PRINCESS CONTEST. In City Park Gazebo.      

6pm.....Kids BINGO.                                                               

Saturday, June 2

7am.....Birmingham Lions Biscuit & Gravy Breakfast.

8-11am...Car Show Sign-in. Free registration

9-11am.....Tractor Show Sign-in. Free registration

10am.....Parade line up at City Hall.

10:30am-12:30pm.....Baking Contest Sign-in. Free registration at Log Cabin.

11am...PARADE

11am-1pm.....CAR SHOW. (Show & Shine)

11am-2pm.....CAR SHOW.

12 noon.....Methodist Church Lunch- Brats, pulled-pork, sandwiches, wieners, baked beans, desserts & drinks.

12-4pm.....Barrel Train, Face Painting, Bounce House, Kids Activities.

12:30pm.....Judging Baking Contest.

1pm.....Tractor Show. All tractors welcome.

1pm.....Ferguson Enthusiasts Regional Gathering

1pm.....Firemen's free water sports for kids.

1:15pm.....Baked Goods Auction at Log Cabin.

2pm......Car Show Trophies Awarded.

3pm.....Kids' Pedal Pull Sign-in.

3:30pm.....Kids' Pedal Pull.

4pm......AirEvac Helicopter (schedule permitting)

5-7pm.....Firemen's Iowa Pork Chop Supper.

5:30pm.....Friendly 4 Corners 4-H Ice Cream and Pie Social.

5-6pm.....Music by The Tarnished Brass Band.                  

Sunday, June 3

7-9am.....Breakfast Buffet by Birmingham Lions.

10am.....Church Services in shelterhouse hosted by Birmingham Presbyterian Church.

10am.....Weigh-in for Tractor Pull.

11am...TRACTOR PULL

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Download the Tractor Show & Tractor Pull for more information.

Location:Birmingham City Park, 221 S wood St., Birmingham, IA
Contact Person:Harry
Phone:319-498-4201
Email:hjbla@netins.net

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Jun 2nd - Jun 23rd » Villages Folk School Classes

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.

  • 2nd ~ Leather Crafting for Beginners with Stuart Holmes.
  • 2nd ~ Outdoor Wood-Fired Clay Oven Bread & Pizza with Tim Blair.
  • 16th-17th ~ Pottery II: Wheel Thrown with Betty Printy
  • 16th ~ Sculpture Portrait in Three Dimension with Chris Bennett.
  • 16th ~ The Spinning Wheel with Brad Krummel.
  • 23rd/24th ~ Pastels I & II with Gin Lammert.

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

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Jun 2nd » Breakfast on Main Street

Full hot breakfast for a free will donation.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte Opera House, 103 Main St., Bonaparte, IA

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Jun 2nd » Douds Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast

Douds American Legion Auxiliary, serving Biscuit and Gravy Breakfast. Free will Offering. Proceeds go to benefit Veterans in need.  

Time:7:00am until 10:00am
Location:Douds Community Center, Main St. Douds, IA
Contact Person:Sandra Gire
Phone:641-208-743
Email:gire@iowatelecom.net

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Jun 2nd » Douds City Wide Garage Sales

City-Wide Yard Sales in Douds, IA

Douds American Legion Auxiliary will also host a big Garage Sale featuring everything except clothing. Free will offering for all items. Proceeds benefit Veterans in need. It will be behind the house directly across the highway from the Kwik Shop

Time:8:00am until 6:00pm
Location:Douds, IA
Contact Person:Sandra Gire
Email:gire@iowatelecom.net

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Jun 2nd - Jun 30th » Bentonsport Farmers Market

  • June 2nd
  • June 9th
  • June 16th
  • June 23rd
  • June 30th

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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Jun 2nd » 4th Annual Sharon Norton Memorial Gospel Sing

Enjoy a day of great music, fun, and fellowship at no charge, no donation. Dinner served (on-site) at 5:30pm with meat and drinks provided, along with homemade ice cream.  Bring a covered dish to share. 

The Musical Hammers Family Trio, The Loynachans, The Formans, New Shoes, Jimmy Smith, The Graves Family, Ambassadors of Grace, Mike & Friends, The Kelly Sisters and Karyn Brinkmeyer will be performing from 1-6pm.

Time:1:00pm until 6:00pm
Location:Grace Community Center (Milton Methodist Church), 107 Main St., Milton, IA
Contact Person:Wayne Norton
Phone:641-680-6555
Email:nortonpw@live.com

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Jun 5th - Jun 26th » Keosauqua Farmers Market

The Keosauqua Farmers Market will have various vendors and even entertainment at times. The market will be held each Tuesday from 4:00-6:00 PM through October. Watch for further details.

  • June 5th 
  • June 12th
  • June 19th
  • June 26th - The S&K Dance will be performing.
Time:4:00pm until 6:00pm
Location:Keosauqua City Park 100 Van Buren Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Amanda Payne
Phone:319-293-8701
Email:amanda.payne@vbch.org
Website:http://www.thehealthyvillages.com

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Jun 8th - Jun 10th » Farmington Strawberry Festival

All American Lumber Jack Show will perform all weekend at Wild Rose Park. Flea market and Craft Vendors, Kids Games, Dog Show, Pioneer Museum open house, live entertainment and more. Color Run on Saturday at Indian Lake Park, Kenny Hamburg Car Show on Sunday.

FREE Strawberries and Ice Cream 2:00-4:00pm on Saturday & Sunday in downtown Farmington.

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Location:S Front St., Farmington, Iowa
Phone:319-850-2942
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/strawberry-festival.html

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Jun 8th - Jun 10th » Pony Express Riders of Iowa

Trail rides, dance, kids fun show, mutton busin' poker run, food and more. A Camp Sunnyside benefit. Special rates for primitive campsites.

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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.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

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Jun 9th - Jun 10th » Pioneer Museum Special Open House

The Pioneer Museum will hold a special Open House during the Strawberry Festival. Stop by and learn "The History of the Strawberry Festival in Farmington, Iowa."  Free-will donation.

Time:10:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Pioneer Historical Museum, 205 S. 4th St., Farmington, IA 52626
Contact Person:Louise
Phone:847-651-1836
Email:louiseatc21@yahoo.com

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Jun 9th » Cedar Valley Winery 9th Anniversary Party

Join Cedar Valley Winery as they celebrate 9 years of winemaking and valued customers.The fun begins at 5pm with BBQ vendor Sweet & Saucy selling delicious offerings and continues with an evening of entertainment, award-winning wines, wine slushies and more! There is no admission fee as they want to thank all of their great customers for their support!

Time:5:00pm until 9:00pm
Location:Cedar Valley Winery, 2034 Dewberry Ave., Batavia, IA
Contact Person:Penny
Phone:641-662-2535

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Jun 9th » Twin States Tractor Pull

Twin States Tractor Pull in Cantril. So come and hear the roar of engines as they compete to see who can pull the sled the farthest.

Sponsored by Cantril Dayz Committee

Time:6:00pm
Location:Behind Cantril Feed & Grain, 610 W. North St., Cantril, IA
Contact Person:Susan Smith
Phone:641-777-1184
Email:suesmith@netins.net

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Jun 15th - Jun 17th » Ranch Horse Show Series at River Valley Lodge

Ranch Horse Show Series - The Third 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.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

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Jun 16th » Fly Van Buren

All you can eat Pancake and Sausage Breakfast served by the Keosauqua Lions. Adults $7, Kids 5-10; $3.50 and 4 & Under Eat Free.

Ottumwa R/C Flyers entertaining with remote control aircraft aerobatics.

IHCC providing educational information for a career in aviation. 

All kids will receive a coupon for a FREE small ice cream cone at Misty's Malt Shop in Keosauqua.

Kids (and adults) can frost and decorate FREE airplane shaped sugar cookies.

Register to win a 30-minute airplane ride (to be scheduled at a time of your choosing.) Two winners, need not be present to win.

All pilots flying in, eat FREE!

There is no admission fee for the Fly-in. The public is welcome to attend. Bring your lawn chair!

Time:7:00am until 10:00am
Location:Keosauqua Municipal Airport 6K9, Keosauqua, IA
Phone:800-868-7822
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com

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Jun 16th » Van Buren County Museum Crawl

Join the Van Buren County Museum Crawl for a great time. Guided tours, demonstrations, experience pioneer life and take a walk to the past in our museums. There is no admission fee however donations are appreciated. 

The Pearson Complex will have 1800’s costumes you can step into for a photo on your device, children will be holding class in the One Room School, tour guides will be dressed in period clothing, demonstrations of daily living in and around the cabin will take place all day, you can tour the Pearson Family home which was on the Underground Railroad. “The Galvinators” will play from 1-3pm. With original songs about Van Buren County. Refreshments including switchel, mint tea & stone ground cornbread will be served.

  • Pearson House Museum Complex 
    718 Dodge St., Keosauqua
  • Twombly Museum                                                   
    801 First St., Keosauqua
  • Villages of Van Buren Welcome Center & McCoy Historical Museum 
    809 First St., Keosauqua
  • Morris Park                                                 
    10938 Timber Rd., Stockport
  • Peavine Line Depot Museum                   
    Corner of Main St. & Cedar St. in Stockport
Time:9:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Van Buren County, Southeast Iowa
Phone:641-431-0581/319-288-1200

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Jun 17th » Bentonsport Artisan Co-Op Father's Day Special

Lapidary Demonstrations 1pm & 3pm. Weather permitting. Free Geode to first 12 Dads!

Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Bentonsport Artisans Co-op, 21986 Hawk Dr., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Pam
Phone:319-293-3749
Email:pmcs@netins.net
Website:http://bentonsportartisansco-op.com

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Jun 17th » Bentonsport Home and Garden Tour

A self-guided tour will begin with registration at the Stone House. It will feature many unique restored historic homes, buildings, and gardens. The gardens range from large to small sized patches of brilliant flowers and vegetables. Tickets for the tour are $10 and will benefit the Bentonsport Improvement Association which maintains the historic Presbyterian Church and The Stone House.

Time:1:00pm until 5:00pm
Location:The Stone House, 26985 Rte. J40, Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Nancy
Phone:319-592-3152

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Jun 20th - Jun 23rd » Dutchman's Store Customer Appreciation Days!

Stop by June 20th-June 23rd, for free food and special deals! Wed., June 20th-Fri., June 22nd 8a-6p & Sat., June 23rd 8a-5p. 

Time:8:00am until 6:00pm
Location:Dutchman's Store, 103 Division St., Cantril, IA
Phone:319-397-2322
Website:http://dutchmansstore.com

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Jun 22nd - Jun 24th » Let's Paint the Trails

A women's all-inclusive trail riding and instructional painting weekend. For details call Sheri Dill-Billings at 641.919.4021.

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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.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

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Jun 23rd - Jun 24th » Addie May Mystery Dinner Theater

This is an audience participation dinner theater. Some of the audience will get scripts and props. The rest of the audience will have to figure out "who dunnit" 
Cost is $25 per person. 

Dinner includes salad, entree, vegetable, potato, roll, dessert, coffee or iced tea. 

The proceeds will be used for renovations of the upper story of the Bonaparte Opera House. 

Saturday, June 23rd: Doors open at 6pm.
Sunday, June 24th: Doors open at 2pm.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be obtained by calling 641-233-7793 or you can Click here to get your tickets now!

Location:Bonaparte Opera House, 103 Main St. Bonaparte, IA
Contact Person:Rhea
Phone:641-233-7793

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Jun 23rd » Douds Field Day

Fun for the whole family all day long!! Parade, Prince & Princess Contest, Kids' Game, Farm Horse Obstacle, Tractor Pulling Contest, Pedal Pull, Douds Dash Run and so much more. Join them on Sunday for Community Worship Service at 10am. Mt. Moriah Church. 14889 120th St. 

Time:6:00pm
Location:Yates Park, 14168 Walnut St., Douds, IA
Contact Person:Jim
Phone:641-936-4485
Email:jgpedrick@iowatelecom.net

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Jun 30th » Bonaparte Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate the 4th of July in Bonaparte! Vendors, parade,  fireworks and more.

Time:1:00pm until 10:30pm
Location:Downtown Bonaparte, 803 1st St., Bonaparte, IA
Contact Person:Holly Richardson
Phone:319-592-3400
Email:clerk@cityofbonaparte.com

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