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Ongoing Events 2018

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.

Download the flyer for more information.

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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August 2018

Aug 3rd - Aug 4th » Cantril Dayz

Central Empire Wrestling, Butch Patrick, Munster Koach & Dragula Tribute Hot Rods will be the featured attractions at this years Cantril Dayz Celebration! 

Friday Evening
Food Vendors - Bailey's BBQ Barn, Snack in Sack & other food vendors

5pm - Taste of Cantril Supper - Grilled chicken/pork (free will donation)

5-8pm - Soft Serve Ice Cream Served

6pm - Danny Hughes / Doc Martin Memorial 31 Tournament @ tent

6pm - Pro Wrestling (Central Empire Wrestling)
Limited ringside seats available $15, tickets can be purchased @ 1st Iowa State Bank in Cantril, all other seating free will donation.

Saturday
Food Vendors - Bailey's BBQ Barn, Snack in Sack & other food vendors

10am - Kids Games 
Face Painting, Squirt Gun Fights, Pirate Ship Twister, Sports Combo, Laser Tag & more.

10am - Co-ed Softball Tournament Begins

10-4pm - Goofy Faces Caricatures

10am-5pm - Butch Patrick, Munster Koach & Dragula Tribute Hot Rods

1pm - Sanctioned Kiddie Tractor Pull @ old tennis court (registration @ 12:30pm)

2-4pm - Soft Serve Ice Cream Served.

2-6pm - Tom Terrific the Balloon Man

2:30pm - Silver Mine

3pm - Pig Scramble (registration @ 2:45pm)

3-7pm - Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show @ ball diamond

6pm  - Cantril Dayz Parade (lineup @ 5:30pm at Waubonsie Campground)

7pm - Candy Drop (tickets available at information table)

7:15pm - Matt Stutzman Armless Archer (free will donation)

8-11pm - Van & The Movers @ tent (beer not sold on site)

9pm or dark - Fireworks (watch from the ball diamond) 

All activities at or around the ball diamond
Information desk @ ball diamond
Proceeds to Cantril City Park & Cantril Days Activities

Download Cantril Dayz 2018 Poster

Location:Cantril Ball Diamond, corner of Grant St. & E 2nd St., Cantril, IA
Contact Person:Mary Jane Mast
Phone:319-288-0834
Email:mast6@netins.net

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Aug 4th » 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.

  • 4th ~ Blacksmithing: Forge Welding with Bill Printy/Mark Heisdorffer.
  • 4th ~ Advanced Leather Crafting with Stuart Holmes.

Additional Details for a Class
Register for August Classes

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

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Aug 4th » Breakfast on Main Street

Full hot breakfast for a free will donation.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte Opera House, 614 First Street, Bonaparte, IA

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Aug 4th » 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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Aug 4th » 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, smores and relaxing by the river!

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

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Aug 5th » 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.

  • 5th ~ Advanced Leather Crafting with Stuart Holmes.

Additional Details for a Class
Register for August Classes

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

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Aug 7th » 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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Aug 11th » 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.

  • 11th ~ J40 Fusion Dying with Pat Crawford.

Additional Details for a Class
Register for August Classes

 

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

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Aug 11th » J40 Farm Crawl

A unique free family fun weekend filled with Farm Tours, Local Artists, Winery, Cheese Creamery, Amish Furniture, Clay Oven Baking, Wagon Rides, Amish School Breakfast, Glass Blowing, Homemade Ice Cream, Demonstrations and much more.

Download J40 Farm Crawl Brochure

Time:8:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Along County Road J40, West of Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Kim Blair
Phone:641-233-8210
Email:bloomandbark@netins.net
Website:http://www.facebook.com/J40FarmCrawl

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Aug 11th » 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, I
Contact Person:Randy Hardin
Phone:641-919-8412

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Aug 11th » Pioneer Historical Museum Antiques Road Show

Bring your family heirlooms and find out the history, value and age. Appraisers will be available to appraise items such as; Antiques, Art, Books, Bottles, Cameras, Coins, Dolls, Guns, Postcards, Toys and more. The appraisal costs will be $5 for 1 item, $8 for 2 items, $10 for 3 items and $3 for each additional item. I "Heart" Farmington 15 oz Mugs will be available for $10 each. 

All proceeds benefit the maintenance and operation of the Farmington Pioneer Historical Museum.

Time:10:00am until 3:00pm
Location:Farmington Community/Senior Center, 201 S. 4th St., Farmington, IA
Contact Person:Heidi Schutt
Phone:303-518-8591
Email:hikebikecolorada@gmail.com

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Aug 14th » 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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Aug 17th - Aug 19th » Ranch Horse Show Series at River Valley Lodge

Ranch Horse Show Series - The fifth of the 2018 series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, wine tasting, dance, food concessions, and more. Camping available on grounds.  

Download the 2018 Schedule of Events

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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Aug 18th - Aug 19th » Bike Van Buren XXXII

Enjoy a fun-filled weekend while exploring all of the historic Villages of Van Buren. This is a casual, family-oriented bicycle ride through Van Buren County, Iowa. You'll enjoy some of the finest hospitality around with SAG support and numerous food/drink stops along the route.

More information on Bike Van Buren XXXII

Download release of Liability Waiver
Complete and save time at registration!

Online Registration is closed.

Walk-up registrations are welcome. 
Sat. 7a-8:30a, Sun. 7:30a-8:00a.
 Keosauqua City Park.

 

No bike? No problem! 
Bike Rentals Available!
Paddle, Pedal and More 319-592-3220

Bickels Cycling & Fitness 319-754-4410

NOTICE: Lacey-Keosauqua State Park will be CLOSED for renovations. Arrangements for camping have been made at the Van Buren County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 1 North, Keosauqua. Fees are $15 per night (tent or RV) and includes electricity, restrooms and showers. Camping fees will be paid as part of your Bike Van Buren registration process.

Location:100 Van Buren St., Keosauqua, IA
Phone:319-293-7111
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com

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Aug 18th » 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.

  • 18th ~ Plein Air: Landscapes with John Preston.

Additional Details for a Class
Register for August Classes

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

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Aug 18th - Aug 19th » Keosauqua Lions Breakfast

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake, Sausage, Eggs & Fresh Fruit both mornings. Everyone is invited! Sat.& Sun 7-10am. $7 for adults, $3 age 5-10 and 0-4 Free. Trek Bicycle Raffle on Saturday evening at 6pm.

 

Time:6:30am until 9:30am
Location:Keosauqua City Park, 100 Van Buren St. Keosauqua, IA
Phone:660-216-9321

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Aug 18th » 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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Aug 18th » 2nd Annual Celebrate Iowa Artist

Reception honoring Bill & Betty Printy, owners of Iron & Lace. Display of iron and pottery pieces from the beginning of their journey will be at the Bentonsport Stone House. Refreshments available.

Time:1:00pm until 4:00pm
Location:26985 Rte. J40, Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Pam Svenby
Phone:319-293-3749

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Aug 21st » 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
Email:amanda.payne@vbch.org
Website:http://www.thehealthyvillages.com

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Aug 24th - Aug 26th » All Around Cowgirl Challenge

All Around Cowgirl Challenge featuring four events. Ranch Pleasure, Ranch Cutting, Barrel Racing, and Team Sorting. Limited entries so call 641-214-2926 or 563-880-6112.

Download the 2018 Schedule of Events

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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Aug 25th » 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.

  • 25th ~ Sculpting Basics: Wildfire with Chris Bennett.
Location:809 First St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Mel
Phone:319-288-0047
Website:http://VillagesFolkSchool.com

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Aug 25th » 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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Aug 26th » Keosauqua Chamber 13th Annual Golf Tournament

4 - person best shot. Open to everyone! $120 per team of 4, Lunch Included. Win cash prizes, door prizes, and fun shot prizes. If it happens to rain they will reschedule to Saturday, September 9th. Registration 8:30am Tee off 9am.

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Time:9:00am
Location:Riverview Country Club, 217 Riverview Dr., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Heidi Bainbridge
Phone:319-293-3536
Email:keochamber@gmail.com
Website:http://www.keosauqua.com

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Aug 26th » 2nd Annual Bonaparte Homecoming

Get together with people you grew up with in Bonaparte and talk about the good old days. This year those who are interested in attending, are asked to bring a dish to share that begins with the first letter of your first name. So if your name is Tammy, you can bring Taco Salad!

Rain Location - Opera House 614 1st. Street. Bonaparte, IA

Time:1:00pm until 3:00pm
Location:Bonaparte City Park, 1st St., Bonaparte, IA
Contact Person:Linda McCarty
Phone:641-233-8450.
Email:linda-mccarty@hotmail.com

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Aug 28th » 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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Aug 31st - Sep 2nd » Stockport Lions BBQ Days

Enjoy a great weekend with the whole family. 

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

  • Co-ed Softball Tournament
    The co-ed softball tournament will start Thursday at 6pm and continue through Sunday. For more details call 641-919-5932.
  • Stockport Lions Club Snack Shack
    Serving food and drinks all weekend. BBQ Beef and Pork (locally grown and perfectly smoked), Walking Tacos, Beef Burgers, Free Snow Cones and more. {Saddle Club Park}

FRIDAY

  • 7pm ~ Truck Pull 

SATURDAY (Sponsored by the Stockport Lions)

Kids games, adults and children obstacle course and bounce house will be in the city park.

  • 9:30am ~ Little Stars Contest {Main Street}
  • 10:30am ~ Parade Theme: Stronger Together {Main Street}
  • 11:30am ~ Weigh in for Tractor Pull {Saddle Club Park}
  • 11:00am ~ Snack Shack Opens {Saddle Club Park}
  • 11:30am ~ Bestest Dog Contest {City Park}
  • 12:30pm ~ Tractor Pull {Saddle Club Park}
    Followed by Great Rivers Pullers and Side by Side Pull. For more details or questions call 641-919-4494
  • 12:30pm ~ Iowa Sanctioned Pedal Pull Registration {Main Street}
  • 1:00pm ~ Iowa Sanctioned Pedal Pull {Main Street}

Other Events

SATURDAY

  • "Hog the Road" Walk/Run
    Registration: 6:30am. $15 per person. Start time 7am. Stockport Christian Church, 217 S Main St.
  • Peavine Line Museum Depot will be open 9am-3pm. 104 North Main St.
  • Stockport Legion Lunch 11:30am-1:30pm. American Legion Hall, 112 E Legion St.

SUNDAY

  • Big Car Show and Swap Meet. 10am-3pm {Main Street}
    If rain following week.

 

Location:Stockport City Park, Stockport, IA
Contact Person:Kriss McLain
Phone:319-796-4342

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Aug 31st - Sep 2nd » 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-pen. 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.

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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