Villages of Van Buren - Event Calendar
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Ongoing Events 2018
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.
Fresh produce, homemade crafts, baked goods, plants, flowers, jams, etc. The market will be held every Saturday from 10am-1pm.
Ranch Horse Show Series - The second of the 2018 series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, wine tasting, dance, food concessions, and more. Camping available on grounds.
The Van Buren County Conservation Office invites you to visit Bentonsport this weekend and enjoy free camping!
Bentonsport campground will be taking reservations for Memorial weekend, 4th of July, Labor Day weekend and October 12-14 for Scenic Drive Festival. Call to make a Reservation.
In 2019, all Van Buren County campgrounds will have an online reservation system.. For more information, you can go to www.vbcountyconservation.com
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!
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
Enjoy an afternoon and evening of fun for the whole family at the Riverfront Amphitheater!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.