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. 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!

As events and activities are submitted they will be posted here. Check back often. A brochure with map will be available July 1. Request a Scenic Drive Brochure to be mailed to you.


~ Birmingham ~


  • Calico Press, 23096 Rte. J16, Birmingham, IA will have Antique Printing Presses running with hands-on demonstrations, letterpress items for sale, and more!  Featured press: Vandercook 219 - the only one in the Midwest!  Open Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 9am-2pm.
  • Trash & Treasure Sale Sat. 8am-5pm and Sun. 9am-4pm, 331 East Main St City Park. 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.
  • Millard's Turtle Farm, one of the largest turtle farms in the US,  will be open Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 9am-4pm for interpretive tours.
  • Birmingham Log Cabin, located in City Park will be open for visitors as part of the Van Buren County Pioneer Log Cabin Tour 

~ Bonaparte ~


  • Many vendors set-up in Riverfront Park from 10am-5pm both days. 
  • Fall City Wide Garage Sales. 
  • Amish Dinner Buffet 5-7:30pm. Sunrise Bakery, 21913 White Ave. Adults: $11, Children: 5-12 $5.50, Under: Free.
  • Bonaparte Fire Dept. & EMS is having a free will donation Luncheon 11am-1pm,  serving Maid-rites, chips & drink, at the fire station, 608 2nd St. 
  • Let's Go on a Safari 11am-2pm. Displays by "Premiere Wildlife Artistry." Free Admission. 602 8th St.
  • Historic Bonaparte Pottery will be demonstrating on site and offering tours of this National Archeological Historic Site. 411 First St. 10am-5pm. Free admission.
  • Quilt Show Hosted by Bonaparte United Church, this event 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 to view. There will be refreshment served. 412 5th St. Sat. 10am-4pm Sun. 12-4pm. 
  • Soup Luncheon & Open House at the Bonaparte School Community Center. Lunch is $6 per person. 602 8th St. 11am-2pm. Sat. Bonapart Public Library will be having a soup lunch in the old cafeteria. Free Open House tour of the Bonaparte Public Library's new location. Sun. Harmony School Museum will be having lunch in the old cafeteria. Free Open House for the Harmony School Museum.


  • Amish School Benefit Lunch 10:30am-1:20pm. Held at Yoder's Greenhouse, 31856 210th St. Home-cooked Lunch (Free Will Donation), Bake Sale, Fried Pies and Homemade Ice cream. The auction begins at 2pm.
  • Homemade Ice Cream & Amish Buggy Rides 8-3pm. Sunrise Bakery, 21913 White Ave.


~ Bentonsport ~


Bentonsport Riverfest from 10am-5pm. 

  • Antiques, Flea Market & Craft Show
  • Nauvoo on the Road with 1800's rope making, games and hands-on activities.
  •  Pottery, rug weaving, blacksmithing and artist demonstrations.
  • 42nd Annual Fine Art & Fine Craft Festival featuring live music, food, baked goods, artist demonstrations, and raffles benefitting Art Council. 

Bentonsport 2017 Vendor application.

~ Cantril ~


  • Grilling in Cantril 10am-2pm Cantril Fire Station 401. W 3rd St. Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Brats chips, bars & drinks $5.00.
  • Wickfield Farm Sales Pavilion, 17451 260th St., will have a special open house with free tours. Sat. 10-4, Sun. 12-4

~ Selma ~


  • Iowaville Cemetery Tour at 2:00pm & 4:00pm.
     Meet at the Selma City Park. 
    Come along as the history of one of Iowa’s most interesting cemeteries is shared! Historian, Mike Zahs will be telling of the rich overall 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
  • Selma Log Cabin will be open for visitors on Saturday as part of the Van Buren County Pioneer Log Cabin Tour.

~ Keosauqua ~

Camping w/showers at VBC Fairgrounds $15/night w/elec. Reservations: 641-919-0566 Download Camping Registration


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


  • Keosauqua Public Library will host a book sale starting Friday at 12:00p - 4:30p and Saturday from 9:00a - 5:00p. Admission is Free Will Donation and there will be books for all ages provided including fiction and nonfiction. This event will be located at 608 1st St. (behind the library). 


  • Keosauqua Lions will host an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake & Sausage breakfast from 7:00a-10:00a. 
  • Sat. 9am-5pm & Sun. 10am-4pm. There will be a variety of Craft & Food Vendors set up in the downtown area and Roberts Memorial Building activities including Live Music, Beer & Wine Garden and much more! 
  • Keosauqua Senior Center will have vendors set-up for the weekend. 801 Front St.
  • 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. 12p-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. The parade will start at 10am. 2017 Theme is "We Accomplish More Together."
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Fun Funky, Stuff on the Bloom and Bark Farm, 18517 Rte. J40 8am-5pm. Watch artisans at work, Demonstrations of Glass Blowing, Clay Oven Bread Baking & more.


Keosauqua 2017 Vendor Application

~ Farmington ~


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


  • 4th Annual Art Show 8am-4pm Community Center,201 S. 4th St.
  • Arts & Crafts at Shelterhouse Sat. 8am-5pm & Sun. 8am-4pm There will be Vendors, Brat Burgers, Chili and much more.
  • Pioneer Historical Museum is haveing 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 of the History Honey War.


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



  • Phil’s Grill 11am-7pm at Lunch Box Cafe 14191 Hwy 98 Enjoy a tasty meal, known for their Famous Bigfoot Tenderloins, Texas Tators & Homemade Tacos

~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, and 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.


Clark Barn Tour 27882 107th St.

  • Enjoy a tour of Clark Barn, a unique English Bank Barn. Sat. 10am-4pm & Sun. 12-4pm

~ Lebanon ~


  • 11th Anniversary Sale at Yoder’s Indian Creek Furniture 8am-5pm 22769 Rte. V64 Milton, IA 52570. 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, and 15% off wind chimes and all Cedar & Pine Furniture.
  • Amish School Breakfast & Bake Sale 8am-12pm Located at Lebanon; Jct. V64 & J40 Free Will Donation. Homemade Biscuits & Sausage Gravy, Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Drinks.

~ Milton ~


  • Grandma’s Homemade Chicken Noodle Dinner 11:30am-1:30pm  at the Milton Christian Church, 301 E. Oak St.
    $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 8am-5pm 202 East Hwy. 2. Free Samples of over 20 flavors of locally made cheeses and fresh curds.