Villages of Van Buren - Event Calendar
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Ongoing Events 2018
Enjoy a great weekend of horsing around for a great cause! There will be trail rides, an auction, dance, poker run, food, and more. Please bring an item for the silent auction.
$20 Wrist Band for All Weekend - Food & Admission (does not include camping)
May 5th - Kentucky Derby Party - Ladies be sure to wear your best "Derby Hat".
The Van Buren County Conservation Office invites you to visit Lake Sugema this weekend and enjoy free camping!
Reservations for Lake Sugema campgrounds 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
Have a fun day with the family. There will be a kids train on First St. from 10:30am-12:30pm. Wasko Hardware will have a grilling demonstration with free samples and serve hot dogs from 11am-1pm. Sidewalk sales taking place at downtown retail stores.
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!
*** Veterans Get $3 Off Ticket Price ***
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy a Mother's Day tea party at the Stockport United Methodist Church. It will be in the basement of the Church. Food and tea will be provided. Please call Dorothy Gilbert at 319-796-2253 or Tara Wolf at 319-592-3164 if you would like to attend and how many will be coming. If you would like to add to the program with any sort of entertainment (music, poems, etc.) that would be wonderful. Tables will be set by volunteers, if you would like to volunteer please let Dorothy or Tara know. RSVP by April 28, 2018.
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.
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
The Sunrise Bakery is ready to OPEN for the season! The bakery will be opening on Friday, May 11th. Hours will be 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. The opening day special will be a free donut for each mom that visits on May 11th in celebration of Mother's Day!
Fresh produce, homemade crafts, baked goods, plants, flowers, jams, etc. The market will be held every Saturday from 10am-1pm.
Lapidary demonstrations 1pm & 3pm. Weather permitting. Free gift to first 12 Moms. 10% discount on natural gemstone jewelry.
2018 Baccalaureate Ceremony Non-denominational Prayer and Fellowship Opportunity. All area students and their families are welcome! Pastors Herb Schaeffer and Nathan Chaplin in conjunction with Van Buren County Cooperative Ministries would like you to join them, to pray for God's blessings on our graduates as they prepare to take their place in today's world. Please RSVP so enough refreshments are provided for all guests. Call Paston Chaplin @ 319-931-7548 or Jean Smith @ 641-777-0838. Donations of cookies for the event are politely encouraged.
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.