Scenic Drive Festival

Scenic Drive Festival


OCTOBER 14-15  2017

Scenic Drive Festival is the largest event that takes place in Van Buren County and most likely all of Southeast Iowa! Several historic Villages host a variety of special events and activities. Not only will you find arts, crafts, flea markets and antiques throughout the county on this 2-day extravaganza, you'll also get to experience a few "non-traditional" activities. We will have free tours of one of the largest Turtle Farms in the Midwest, there will be pioneer-type demonstrations and vendors at Morris Park near Stockport, Iowa. New this year, there will be tours scheduled of the historic Iowaville Cemetery and the children will love learning how to do chores as the Native Americans would have done hundreds of years ago during the presentation of "Village Life as a Native American." There will also be a Pioneer Log Cabin Tour including authentic cabins in several villages. Four historic Barn Tours and "Fun Funky Stuff" at Bloom and Bark Farm.

It's going to be a weekend to remember, don't miss it!

As this festival brings thousands of visitors to our area, our limited lodging facilities fill up quickly. Make your lodging reservations now!

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~ Birmingham ~


  • Millard's Turtle Farm, 16580 Linden Ave., is one of the largest turtle farms in the Midwest. They will have free interpretive tours, turtle races, antiques and mini-flea market. Hours: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 9am-4pm.
  • Calico Press, 23096 Rte. J16, will have demonstrations of printing presses and equipment dating back to 1857. Large selection of letterpress posters, prints, cards, journals & shirts. Featuring autumn leaf prints. Hours: Friday & Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 9am-2pm.
  • Trash & Treasure Sale, Birmingham City Park, 331 East Main St. There will be a vast amount of garage sale items, flea market items, antiques and collectibles for sale. Lunch will be provided both days by the Birmingham Lions Club. Hours: Sat. 8am-5pm and Sun. 9am-4pm,
  • NEW! Birmingham Historic Log Cabin, located in City Park will be open for visitors as part of the Van Buren County Pioneer Log Cabin Tour. 

~ Bonaparte ~

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  • Amish Dinner Buffet, Sunrise Bakery, 21913 White Ave. (New location) Adults: $11, Children: 5-12 $5.50, Under: Free. Hours: 5:00pm-7:30pm.


  • Antique, Craft & Food vendors set-up in Riverfront Park in downtown area from 10am-5pm both days. 
  • Fall City Wide Garage Sales. 
  • Bonaparte Fire Dept. & EMS is having a free will donation Luncheon from 11am-1pm. Maid-rites, chips & drink, at the fire station, 608 2nd St. 
  • "Let's Go on a Safari" 11am-1pm. Displays by "Premier Wildlife Artistry." Free Admission,  Bonaparte School Community Center, 602 8th St.
  • Historic Bonaparte Pottery will be demonstrating on site and offering tours of this National Archeological Historic Site with gift shop/museum. 411 First St. Hours: 10am-5pm. Free admission.
  • 5th Annual Quilt Show, will feature homemade quilts made by area residents in 4 categories. People's Choice ribbons will be awarded. Stop by to view these beautiful quilts in a 100-year-old church. Free will offering. Refreshments served. Bonaparte United Church, 412 5th St. Hours: Sat. 10am-4pm Sun. 12-4pm. 
  • NEW! Soup Luncheon & Open House at the Bonaparte School Community Center, 602 8th St.
    Saturday - Bonaparte Public Library will have a soup luncheon ($6.00)  in the old cafeteria from 11:00am-1:00pm. Free Open House tour of the Bonaparte Public Library's new location from 9:00am-1:00pm.
    Sunday- Harmony School Museum will have a luncheon ($6.00) from 11:00am-2:00pm and a free Open House for the Harmony School Museum.


  • Homemade Ice Cream & Amish Buggy Rides at Sunrise Bakery, 21913 White Ave. (New location) Hours: 8:00am-3:00pm.
  • Amish School Benefit Lunch & Auction. Held at Yoder's Greenhouse, 31856 210th St. Home-cooked Lunch (Free Will Donation), Bake Sale, Fried Pies and Homemade Ice Cream from 10:30am-1:30pm. The fund-raising auction begins at 2pm. All proceeds benefit the Amish School.

~ Bentonsport ~

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  • Bentonsport Riverfest from 10am-5pm. Antiques, Flea Market & Crafts.  Pottery, rug weaving, blacksmithing and artist demonstrations.
  • 42nd Annual Fine Art & Fine Craft Show featuring live music, food, baked goods, artist demonstrations, and raffles benefitting the Van Buren County Art Council. Hours: Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-4pm.
  • Indian Artifact Museum, 21929 Des Moines St. open for free tours. Thousands of artifacts impressively displayed.


  • Nauvoo on the Road with 1800's rope making, games and hands-on activities.

~ Keosauqua ~

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  • NEW! Heavenly Hands Garage Sale at Keosauqua Health Care Center, 819 Country Ln. Rd. All items - Free will donation.


  • Keosauqua Public Library, 608 First St., will host a book sale on Friday 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Books for all ages including fiction and nonfiction for a free will donation. 


  • Keosauqua Lions will host an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake & Sausage breakfast from 7:00a-10:00a. They will be serving Walking Tacos & Maid Rites from 11am-3pm. 
  • Sat. 9am-5pm & Sun. 10am-4pm. Craft & Food Vendors set up in the downtown area and Roberts Memorial Building. Activities include Live Music, Beer & Wine Garden and much more! 
  • Keosauqua Senior Center, 801 Front St., and the New Keosauqua Fire Dept. Building, 20644 Hwy. 1 North, will have vendors set-up for the weekend. 
  • NEW! Historic Barn Tours of the Jon Finney Barn at 17248 Hwy. 1 and the Fred Parsons Barn at 22055 Hwy. 1. Sat. 10a-4p, Sun. 10a-4p. Free admission.  Other Barns with special open houses include the Morris Park Barn & Clark Barn. (See Stockport listing.) Wickfield Farm Sales Pavilion will also be open (See Cantril listing.)


  • Keosauqua Rotary Grand Parade Line-up is at 8am at the High School, 503 Henry St. The parade will start at 10am. 2017 Theme is "We Accomplish More Together."
  • NEW! Village Life as a Native American 11:30 - 1:30pm
    Location: Pearson House Museum Complex, 718 Dodge St., Keosauqua.
    Try your hand at the chores that would have been done in Iowa 200 years ago by the Native Americans who once inhabited this area. Participants will be able to rotate through various chores and tasks once done by children their age. Participants may come and go during this open house style program.
    This is an official Des Moines River Water Trails event cosponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Jefferson County Conservation. There is no cost for this program and Pre-registration is not required. For more information, please call (641)-919-6822 or email
  • NEW! Moughler Log Cabin at the Pearson House Complex will be open Saturday 10:30am-2:00pm for interpretive tours as part of the Van Buren County Pioneer Log Cabin Tour. There will also be Quilting, Spinning & Weaving demonstrations and displays in the Pearson House. The one-room schoolhouse, with period furnishings, will be open for visitors.


  • Fall Festival Car Show. 12:00pm
    For details call 319-293-3536
  • 11th Annual Fall Run & Trail Walk at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park. 5K, 10K or 2-mile Trail Walk at 9:00am. Per household ($75) maximum. Registration day of ($25) at the Lodge at 8:15am. Pre-register ($20) online at Download Registration Form

Camping w/showers available at VBC Fairgrounds $15/night w/electric.
Reservations: 641-919-0566 
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~ Farmington ~


  • 5K Fun Run / Walk Indian Lake Park, 28163 Willow Ave. Walk/Run on the Indian Lake Trail. Registration: 5-5:30pm, Start: 6pm.


  •  Farmington United Methodist Church will be having a Book Fair at the Bridge Cafe, 101 Olive St.
    Hours: Fri 5-9pm Sat 8am-8pm Sun 8am-3pm,,


  • 4th Annual Art Show 8am-4pm at the Community Center, 201 S. 4th St.
  • Arts & Crafts at Shelterhouse. Vendors, Brat Burgers, Chili and much more. Hours: Sat. 8am-5pm & Sun. 8am-4pm
  • Pioneer Historical Museum, 205 S. 4th St. (next to Casey's) is having a Special Open House.There will be a recording of Tommee Pelkey's, Honey Bee Presentation to watch, local honey for sale, and a recording about the History of the Iowa-Missouri Honey War.

~Stockport / Morris Park~


“Heritage Days” at Morris Park 10938 Timber Rd. 
(5.5 m. N. & E. of Stockport)  

  • Friday Fish Fry @ 5 O’clock. 
  • Tours of an original Log Cabin will be open to visitors as part of the Van Buren County Pioneer Log Cabin Tour.
  • One Room Schoolhouse open for tours.
  • Barn filled with antique farm machinery and historical artifacts will be open for tours.
  • Antique Cars, Entertainment, Quilt Raffle, Horse-drawn Wagon Rides, Food, Chili Cook-off, Mini Train Rides, Demonstrations, Tractor Rides, and a unique Antique Button Display. 
  • Camping will be available.


  • Enjoy a tour of Clark Barn, 27882 107th St., a unique 1916 English Bank Barn. Sat. 10am-4pm & Sun. 12-4pm.
    Other Barns open for the weekend include the Finney & Parsons Barn (see Keosauqua Listing) and Wickfield Farm Sales Pavilion (See Cantril listing)

~ Lebanon Area ~


  • 11th Anniversary Sale at Yoder’s Indian Creek Furniture. 8am-5pm. 22769 Rte. V64 Milton, IA. (3/4 mile South of Lebanon 4-way stop.) FREE coffee and donuts all day. Door prizes with a Glider Rocker as the grand prize! 10% off all items purchased or ordered, 5% off Poly Lawn Furniture, 15% off wind chimes and all Cedar & Pine Lawn Furniture.
  • NEW! "Fun, Funky, Stuff on the Farm" at Bloom and Bark Farm, 18517 Rte. J40 (4 miles West of Keosauqua). Watch artisans at work, Demonstrations of Glass Blowing, Clay Oven Bread Baking & more. Hours: 8am-5pm.
  • Amish School Breakfast & Bake Sale. 8:00am-12:00pm. Held at the Lebanon Amish Schoolhouse. Junction of V64 & J40 in Lebanon. Free will donation. Homemade Sausage Gravy & Biscuits, Pancakes, Scrambled eggs and drinks.



  • Phil’s Grill 11am-7pm at Lunch Box Cafe, 14191 Hwy 98. Enjoy Lunch & Supper! They are known for their Famous Bigfoot Tenderloins, Texas Tators & Homemade Tacos. 

~ Milton ~


  • Grandma’s Homemade Chicken Noodle Dinner 11:30am-1:30pm  at the Milton Christian Church, 301 E. Oak St. Cost: $9 for Adults, $5 for ages 12 and under. Enjoy homemade Chicken & Noodles or Beef & Noodles, with real mashed potatoes. Home-grown sweet corn, green beans, tomatoes, homemade dinner rolls and a variety of yummy salads and desserts. Drinks will include lemonade, tea, and coffee. 
  • Truck, Tractor & Car Show, 9am-5pm at the Christian Church, 301 E. Oak. Restored and unrestored Trucks, Tractors, Cars and small flywheel engines. Refreshments available. No admission.
  • Milton Creamery open 8am-5pm. 202 East Hwy. 2. Free Samples of over 20 flavors of locally made cheeses and fresh curds.


~ Cantril ~


  • Grilling in Cantril 10am-2pm Cantril Fire Station, 401. W 3rd St. Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Brats chips, bars & drinks $5.00.
  • Dutchman's Store open 8:00am-5:00pm. Mennonite Bake Sale begins at 8:00am- ?


  • Wickfield Farm Sales Pavilion, 17451 260th St., will have a special open house with free tours. Sat. 10-4, Sun. 12-4.
    Other Barn open houses during the weekend include the Finney & Parsons Barn (see Keosauqua Listing),  the Clark Barn & Morris Park Barn (see Stockport listing.)

~ Selma ~


  • NEW! Iowaville Cemetery Tour at 2:00pm & 4:00pm.
    Park at the Selma City Park, shuttles will run to the cemetery. 
    Tour one of Iowa’s most interesting cemeteries as shared by Historian, Mike Zahs who will be telling of the rich history of this fascinating little cemetery which is now the only sign left of the once thriving town of Iowaville. This is an official Des Moines River Water Trails event cosponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Jefferson County Conservation. There is no cost, however, Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, please call (641)-919-6822 or email
  • NEW! Selma Log Cabin will be open for visitors on Saturday as part of the Van Buren County Pioneer Log Cabin Tour.