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Ongoing Events 2018

Jun 20th - Jun 26th » Dutchman's Store Customer Appreciation Days!

FREE Hotdogs and soda on June 20-22 from 10am-2pm. FREE soft serve Ice Cream Cones all week!

Check out our special deals on our Facebook page! 
https://www.facebook.com/DutchmansStore/

Hours: Mon-Fri 8a-6p, Sat. 8a-5p, Closed Sunday. 

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, camping, instructional painting, and enrichment weekend! $85 plus camping fee. Meals provided. For details call 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 22nd - Jun 24th » Bentonsport Rendezvous

Step back in time to the early American frontier pre-1840's. Demonstrators showing crafts and skills from the early American frontier. Vendors selling period items will be on site. Free admission, fun and entertaining for the whole family.

Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Bentonsport Riverfront, 21964 Hawk Dr., Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Trinity
Email:froglegtrinity@outlook.com

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June 2018

Jun 23rd - Jun 24th » R.A.R.E 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.

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

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Jun 23rd - Jun 24th » 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.

  • 23rd/24th ~ Pastels I & II with Gin Lammert.

Additional Details for a Class
Register for June Classes

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

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Jun 23rd » 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 4:00pm
Location:Bentonsport Riverside Park, 21964 Hawk Dr., Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Randy Hardin
Phone:641-919-8412

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Jun 23rd » Douds Field Day

Fun for the whole family all day long!! 

Friday

Douds- Leando High School Alumni Banquet - 5pm Social & Dinner at 6:30pm - Van Buren Elementary Center. Recognition Classes: 1938, 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, & 1963- call 641-693-9151 for reservations.

Saturday

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast - 7am-10am (Douds Community Center)

Douds Dash - 8am (2 miles, fun run/walk. Starts at Yates Memorial Park. Call 641-919-6632 to register by June 16.)

Parade Line-up - 8am-9:30am (Leando Memorial Park)

Parade - 10am (Centennial of Douds-Leando Consolidated School)

Prince & Princess Contest - 10:30am

Kids' Game & More - 12:30pm

Cake Walk - 1pm

Farm Horse Skills Demo - 1pm

Tractor Pull  -  1pm

Pedal Pull - 2pm (Registration at 1:30pm)

Motorcycle Show - 3pm

Goehring Bros. BBQ Pork Dinner - 5:30pm

Auction of Baked Goods & Donated Merchandise - 7pm

Street Dance - 8-11pm

Sunday

Community Worship Service - 10am (Mt. Moriah Church. 14889 120th St.) 

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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 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 4-6pm through October. Watch for further details.

  • The S&K Dance will be performing.
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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Jun 30th » 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 4:00pm
Location:Bentonsport Riverside Park, 21964 Hawk Dr., Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Randy Hardin
Phone:641-919-8412

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Jun 30th » 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, s'mores and fireworks!

Time:11:00am until 10:30pm
Location:Bonaparte Pottery, 411 1st St., Bonaparte, Ia
Contact Person:Marilyn Thomas
Phone:319-592-3620

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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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July 2018

Jul 4th » Keosauqua Lions 4th of July Celebration

Have a blast with your family and friends this 4th of July!

  • All you can eat Pancake and Sausage Breakfast - 7-10am, Keosauqua City Park. $7 per person. 
  • Maid-rites, Walking Tacos and BBQ Hotdogs will be served all afternoon starting at 11am. City Park
  • Pedal Pull signup - 12:30pm 
  • Pedal Pull - 1pm 
  • Kids Games, Bounce House & Kiddie Train - 2pm (City Park) 
  • Bingo - 2pm (Senior Center, 801 Front St.) 
  • Silver Mine - 4pm 
  • The Harvest Band will perform at 6pm. 
  • Raffle drawing for cash prizes, prior to fireworks.
  • Fireworks at dusk.  
Time:7:00am until 10:00pm
Location:Keosauqua City Park, 100 Van Buren St., Keosauqua, IA

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Jul 7th » 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.

  • 7th ~ Plein Air: Landscapes Workshop with John Preston.
  • 7th ~ Chair Caning: 7-Step Process with Verne and Doris Ramsey.
  • 7th ~ Wood Carving: Beginners with Paul Simpson
  • 7th ~ Blacksmithing: Tool Making with Bill Printy/Mark Heisdorffer.
  • 7th ~ Stained Glass Ornaments with Jolene Tedrow.
  • 7th ~ Drawing I with Gin Lammert.
  • 7th ~ Drawing II with Gin Lammert.

Additional Details for a Class
Register for July Classes

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

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Jul 7th » 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 8th » Milton Christian Church Community Cookout

Join the Milton Christian Church for a community cookout at the Milton Park. Free hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks & live music. 

Time:6:00pm
Location:Milton's City Park, Corner of Main St. & E Delaware Ave., Milton, IA
Phone:319-397-2396

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Jul 10th » 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 13th - Jul 15th » River Valley Lodge Ranch Horse Championship & All Around Youth Championship

Register by July 1 to be entered in this fun competition.

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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 14th » 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 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, Carnival 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 17th » 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 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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Jul 21st » 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.

  • 21st ~ Sculpting Basics with Chris Bennett.
  • 21st ~ Portable Yarn Making with Pat Crawford.
  • 21st ~ Painting with Watercolor & Soft Pastels with Gin Lammert.

Additional Details for a Class
Register for July Classes

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

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Jul 21st » 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 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 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.

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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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