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Ongoing Events 2018

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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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 » 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 » 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 8th - Jun 10th » Farmington Strawberry Festival

All American Lumber Jack Show will perform all weekend at Wild Rose Park. No admission fee, just bring your lawn chair and enjoy the show. 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 Truck & Tractor Pull

Truck & Tractor Pull in Cantril, IA. Alcohol Powered 2 & 4 Wheel Drive Modified Pickups. Pro Farm & Pro Stock Diesel Tractors. Come and hear the roar of engines as they compete to see who can pull the sled the farthest. $5 admission, Children 5 and under free.

Sponsored by Cantril Dayz Committee

Time:6:30pm
Location:Behind Cantril Feed & Grain, 610 W. North St., Cantril, IA
Contact Person:Randy Sayre
Phone:660-342-1515

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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 » 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.

  • 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.

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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 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. A passport map will be at featured locations. Get it punched at every stop to enter in a drawing for a Van Buren County gift basket. 

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. Children activities such as spelling bee, paper boat race and recess games. Refreshments including switchel, mint tea & stone ground cornbread will be served.

Morris Park will have huckster wagon, mystery tool identification quiz, rare bustle bench and clothing display and kids activities.

Calico Press will have printing press demonstration from 9-11am and 1-3pm.

  • Pearson House Museum Complex 
    718 Dodge St., Keosauqua, IA
  • Twombly Museum                                                   
    801 First St., Keosauqua, IA
  • Villages of Van Buren Welcome Center & McCoy Historical Museum 
    809 First St., Keosauqua, IA
  • Morris Park & Pioneer Museum                           
    10938 Timber Rd., Stockport, IA
  • Peavine Line Museum & Freedom Rock                   
    104 North Main St., Stockport, IA
  • The Calico Press. Print Museum.
    23096 Route J16, Birmingham, IA

Download the Museum Crawl of Van Buren County Passport Self-Guided Tour Map.

Time:9:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Van Buren County, Southeast IA
Phone:641-431-0581/319-288-1200

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Jun 16th » 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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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 seven unique historic homes and several 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 19th » 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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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 21st » Ice Cream Social

Enjoy ice cream and music by the Galvinators (A Hill Country Porch Band). Free will donation. Proceeds to benefit the Bentonsport Rose Garden.

Time:6:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:The Stone House, 26985 Rte. J-40, Bentonsport, IA

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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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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 29th - Jul 1st » Donkey Sorting Series

Friday 7-9pm: Donkeys will be numbered up and in pens. People will be able to just ride and a chance for anyone new to get their horses used to the donkey. No admission fee.

Saturday 11am-3pm: Full arena sort. All teams will be drawn, the number of rounds will be determined by the number of people. Teams of 3 people. $15 a person will enter you in all the rounds for the day. You will also need a $5 wristband if you are not camping. Sign up will be 10-10:45am. There will be a Jackpot round at the end of the practice rounds. This will cost $5 a person and each person can enter 3 times.

Sunday 11am-3pm: Sort-n-penAll teams will be drawn, the number of rounds will be determined by the number of people. Teams of 3 people. $15 a person will enter you in all the rounds for the day. You will also need a $5 wristband if you are not camping. Sign up will be 10-10:45am. There will be a Jackpot round at the end of the practice rounds. This will cost $5 a person and each person can enter 3 times.

There will be year-end awards for top 3 teams presented at the final sort for both full arena and sort-n-pen.

Location:River Valley Lodge and Horsecamp, 29080 Hawk Dr., Farmington, IA
Contact Person:Mike Wright
Phone:217-430-5527
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.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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