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May 2018

May 5th - May 6th » USO Show

Have some dessert and enjoy the USO Show with a cast of 20 actors and singers from the 4 surrounding counties. They will be portraying famous celebrities from the 1940's. Lead by Bob Hope and his entourage providing lots of Big Band Music and Comedy. $15. per seat. Contact Rhea for tickets at 641-233-7793. Each performance will be unique! 
All proceeds will go towards the Bonaparte Opera House upstairs renovation.

Saturday: Doors open at 6pm. Saturday night band will be The Fairfield Big Band. They have been together for over 10 years and they are a 16pc instrumental band. 

Sunday: Doors open at 2pm. Sunday band will be the Tarnished Brass Band. They have been together for 14 years and they are a 25pc instrumental band.

Location:Harmony Elementary, 33727 Rte. J40, Farmington, IA
Contact Person:Rhea
Phone:641-233-7793

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May 5th - May 19th » 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.

  • 5th ~ Spring Foraging Wild Edibles with Pat Crawford.
  • 5th ~ Raku Pottery with Betty Printy.
  • 19th ~ Plein Air: Landscapes with John Preston.

Additional Details for a Class
Register for May Classes

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

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May 5th » Wasko Hardware's Customer Appreciation Day

Stop by Wasko Hardware for in-store specials, prizes, food, grill demonstrations and canner clinic. Join them as they celebrate their annual Customer Appreciation Day.

Time:8:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Wasko Hardware, 810 1st St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Susan
Phone:319-293-6468
Email:susan@waskohardware.com
Website:http://waskohardware.com

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May 5th » Cantril Cinco de Mayo

What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with a Taco Bar filled with all the fixings! 5-8pm or until it's gone. Free will offering.

Sponsored by Cantril Dayz Committee, all proceeds to benefit Cantril Dayz Activities.

Time:5:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Cantril Fire Station 104 W. 3rd St. Cantril, IA
Contact Person:Susan Smith
Phone:641-777-1184
Email:suesmith@netins.net

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May 11th - May 13th » River Valley Open Barn

This weekend is the “New Barn Opening” (aka “Open Barn”) so come join them and see this great addition to the River Valley complex.

May 11th-13th there will also be a Fearless Rider 3-day clinic...”Kick Your Fears”  Call Heidi at 949.290.0822 for more details.

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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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May 11th - May 12th » FREE Camping Weekend at Morris Park

The Van Buren County Conservation Office invites you to visit the beautiful and tranquil Morris Park this weekend and enjoy free camping! All camping sites are a first come basis.

Morris Park will be taking reservations for Memorial weekend, 4th of July, Labor Day weekend and second weekend of October for Scenic Drive Festival. Reservations will start April 9, 9am. Call to make a Reservation.

This is in preparation for going online 2019 for all the conservation campground. For more information, you can go to www.vbcountyconservation.com

Location:Morris Park, 10938 Timber Rd., Stockport, IA
Contact Person:Van Buren County Conservation
Phone:319-293-3589
Email:vbccb@netins.net
Website:http://www.vbcountyconservation.com/

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May 11th - May 12th » Farmington City Wide Yard Sale

Don't miss Farmington's City Wide Yard Sale! Maps will be available May 7th at Farmington City Hall and Casey's General Store.

Location:Farmington, IA

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May 12th - May 26th » Bentonsport Farmers Market

  • May 12th
  • May 19th
  • May 26th​

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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May 13th » Bentonsport Artisans Co-Op Mother's Day Special

Lapidary demonstrations 1pm & 3pm. Weather permitting. Free gift to first 12 Moms. 10% discount on natural gemstone jewelry.

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

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May 18th - May 20th » Ranch Horse Show Series at River Valley Lodge

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.  
 
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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May 18th - May 19th » FREE Camping Weekend at Bentonsport Campground

The Van Buren County Conservation Office invites you to visit Bentonsport this weekend and enjoy free camping! 
All camping sites are a first come basis.

Bentonsport campground will be taking reservations for Memorial weekend, 4th of July, Labor Day weekend and second weekend of October for Scenic Drive Festival. Reservations will start April 9, 9am. Call to make a Reservation.

This is in preparation for going online 2019 for all the conservation campground. For more information, you can go to www.vbcountyconservation.com

Location:Bentonsport Campground, 22098 Hawk Dr., Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Van Buren County Conservation
Phone:319-293-3589
Email:vbccb@netins.net
Website:http://www.vbcountyconservation.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 » Memorial Day Weekend BBQ & Outdoor Painting Contest

Join the Villages Folk School and their many talented artists at their Annual Memorial Day Weekend BBQ!  Enjoy Bailey's BBQ Brisket or Pulled Pork and their custom sauces, 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. Several local artisan-made items will be auctioned off throughout the evening.  Bring your lawn chair and join the fun under the BIG TENT near the Keosauqua Bridge!

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Riverfront Park, Corner of Park St. and Market 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 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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