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Scenic Drive Festival

Scenic Drive Festival

October 10 & 11, 2015

The Scenic Drive Festival is our largest festival of the year that is held during the peak of our spectacular fall foliage season, the second full weekend of October. The event is held rain or shine.  Brochure with map available, dowload your copy today!  

Camping with showers & electricity is available at the Van Buren County Fairgrounds on Hwy. 1 North in Keosauqua for this event ($15/night). For reservations contact Butch Gates at 641-777-9087.


Saturday & Sunday

~Millard's Turtle Farm Special Open House (16580 Linden Ave., Keosauqua) Tour one of the largest Turtle Farms in the Midwest!  9am-4pm daily. No admission fee.  Try a free sample of Turtle Soup!

 ~ Trash and Treasure Sale of garage sale type items.  Other vendors will be offering antiques and collectibles, garage sale items, jewelry, kettle corn, gourds and decorated pumpkins, a display of small engines, weather permitting. Show hours on Saturday are 8 am-5 pm and Sunday 8 am-4 pm.

~ Bake Sale from 8:00 to 10:00 Saturday morning. 

~ Lunch on Saturday and Sunday by the Birmingham Lions


Saturday & Sunday
Hours: 10a-5p

~Antiques, Craft, Flea Market & Food Vendors set up in the Riverfront Park, Specialty Shops/Studios Open, Demonstrations & Bake Sales in downtown Bentonsport.

~ Indian Artifact Museum  - The Indian Artifact Museum has closed for season due to an unforseen accident.  Please plan to visit next April when it reopens for 2016.

~ 40th Annual Fine Art Festival featuring a Juried Art Show with 30+ artists. Fine Arts by Iowa Artisans showcasing printing, photography, sculptures, fabric arts, jewelry and more. Live Music at the Gazebo: "Van and the Movers" a premier Blues band performs Sat. 2-4pm. "Variety Music Jam" Sun., 1:30-3:30pm.

Saturday Only

~Nauvoo On The Road featuring Pioneer Pastimes including Candle & Rope Making & Games 10am-4pm held in the Riverfront Park.


Friday & Saturday Only

~Sunrise Bakery Amish Dinner Buffet 5-7:30pm each evening. Menu includes: Oven-baked Chicken, Meal Loaf, Salibury Steak, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Beans, Cooked Cabbage, Fresh Salad Bar, Homemade Bread, Pies & Ice Cream. Adults $10.70, Children $5.35, Under 4 Free.

Saturday Only

~Homemade Ice Cream ($.75 per scoop) and Amish Buggy Rides ($3 per person) from 8am-4pm at Sunrise Bakery, located north of Bonaparte on W40 (31154 210th St.).

~Amish School Benefit Lunch at Yoder’s Greenhouse (31856 210th St.).  Serving BBQ Chicken, Cole Slaw, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Noodles, Homemade Pie & Ice Cream from 10:30am-2pm.  Also holding a Bake Sale & Silent Auction throughout the day.

Saturday & Sunday

~Bonaparte Main Street Autumn Fest located in the Historic Riverfront Park featuring a unique shopping experience with vendors offering crafts, antiques, food & specialty items open 9am-5pm daily.

~ Bonaparte Main Street 3rd Annual Quilt Show located in the Bonaparte United Church at the corner of 5th & Texas St. offering a beautiful setting for area quilters to display their masterpieces open Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 12-4pm with People’s Choice Ribbons awarded in 5 categories.

Bonaparte Pottery will be open 10am-5pm with archaeological dig-site tours, newly renovated gift shop, and an in-house potter providing live demos.  


Saturday Only

~Black Kettle Ham & Beans & Cornbread served from 11am-2pm (or until they run out) at the Cantril Fire Station.  All-you-can-eat plus pie & a drink for $10.00.

~ Dutchman’s Store open 8am-5pm with a Mennonite Bake Sale outside starting at 8am.

~ Cantril Library Book Sale from 9am-12pm at the Library.

Saturday & Sunday

~Wickfield Farm Sales Pavilion Special Open House with free guided tours, demonstrations, and displays from 9am–5pm at the Wickfield Sales Pavilion right off Hwy. 2 (17451 260th St.).


Friday Only

~ “Color Us Fun" at Indian Lake Park. Registration at 5pm & Start at 5:30.  $25 Adults, $15 Children.  Walk or run the Indian Lake trail and be doused in color along the way with a final finish line rainbow.  *Wear a white shirt or change into your event shirt upon arrival. 

Saturday & Sunday

~2nd Annual Art Show at the Farmington Community Center (201 S. 4th St.) 8am-4pm

~ Arts & Crafts at the Shelterhouse downtown along the river. Saturday 8am-5pm & Sunday 8am-4pm. Serving Brat Burgers & Chili.

~ Pioneer Historical Museum Open House (205 S. 4th St.) featuring guided Museum Tours, and a program on the “Honey War” including the story of the Honey War, signing of the Honey War song, and a honey bee presentation, Saturday 9am-5pm & Sunday 12-4pm

~ Books Are Fun Book Fair by the Farmington UMC held at the Bridge Cafe with proceeds to go to Christmas for Kids, Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 8am-9pm, & Sunday 12-3pm.

Saturday Only

~ Train Room, Mini Doll House Room, & Antique Rocking Horse Display in Hel-Mart (201 State St.) from 9a-5p with no admission fee to any of the attractions. 


Saturday & Sunday

~ NEW at the Riverfront Stage live bands both days and a beer/wine tent on Saturday from 2-9:30p. "Double Dose" will be playing Country, Rock & Blues from 2-4p, "Jive Radio"
takes the stage to shake your bootie from 6-9p, playing your favorites from the 70's & 80's, bring your dancing shoes! On Sunday, Church Services and "The Sonshine Band" will be ontsage from 11:30-12:30p, "Tarnished Brass Band" performs at 1p and the "Eulenspiegel Puppet Show" will present "She-roes" from 3-4p. There is no admission fee to the Riverfront Stage Entertainment.

~Arts, Crafts, Flea Market, & Food Vendors in downtown Keosauqua, at the Roberts Memorial Center (Hwy 1 N.) & in the Keosauqua Senior Center 9am-5pm on Saturday & 10am-4pm on Sunday

 ~ Keosauqua Lions Food Tent in the City Park serving Pancake & Sausage Breakfast 7am-10 & Lunch 9am-5pm featuring Catfish Nuggets, Chicken Strips, Tenderloins, Tater Ribbons, French Fries, Chili Cheese Fries & Corn Dogs

~ Photo Booth Mini-Sessions by Jeni Wiley Photography. Sat. 11-3pm, Sun. 10-3pm.

~ Cattleman’s BBQ Lunch served at 11am in the City Park

~ Book Sale at the Keosauqua Public Library with audio books, magazines, children’s books, adult books, VHS movies, and more for free will donation. Friday 12p-4p, all day Saturday & Sunday.

~Kids Games will be located on Cass St. (near the Fire Station) and will include a Bounce House & Castle, Train, Scmitter's Petting Zoo and more. Puppets & Storytelling at Nature on First (709 First St.) from 10:30-11:30a. National Guard Climbing Wall on Saturday 12:30-4:00p

Saturday Only

~Keosauqua Rotary Parade through downtown Keosauqua, line up at 8am at the Van Buren High School, Parade starts at 10am. This years theme: "We Celebrate Van Buren County and its Villages"

~ Our Saviors Lutheran Church (Hwy. 1 N.) serving homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts and drink for a free will donation served 4-7pm.

Sunday Only

~ 9th Annual Car & Motorcycle Show on First Street welcoming all classic and unique cars, trucks & motorcycles with Registration from 10am-12pm & Awards at 3pm.

~Kids Pedal Pull on Cass Street in downtown Keosauqua Registration begins at 1pm & Pulls begin at 1:20pm

~ 9th Annual Fall Run & Trail Walk 5K, 10K, or 2m trail walk, download the pre-registration form (before Oct. 7) or register the day of from 8:15-8:45a. at the Lacey Keosauqua State Park Lodge. Cost: $15 pre-registration, $20 race day registration, $50 maximum per household family. Mile markers and water stations will mark each mile. The 1st 60 participants will receive t-shirts. Awards will go to the top two finishers in each age group.You must attend the awards ceremony at 10:45a  to receive your award


Saturday Only

~ 9th Anniversary Sale at Yoder’s Indian Creek Furniture 8am-5pm sales featuring 10% off all items purchased or ordered, 5% off poly-lawn furniture, 15% off wind chimes, treated pine, and cedar lawn furniture in-stock.  Free coffee and donuts all day.  Door Prizes & Grand Prize Glider Rocket given away ~

~Amish School Breakfast & Bake Sale (Jct. of J40 & V64) 8a-12pm Free Will Donation Breakfast serving Biscuits & Gravy, Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Cinnamon Rolls, & Drinks.  Bake Sale on-site. 


Saturday Only

~Milton Creamery (202 E. Hwy. 2) 8am-5pm offering free samples of over 20 flavors of locally made cheeses and fresh curds

~ Chicken & Noodle Dinner served 11a-2p at the Milton Christian Church (201 E. Oak St.) just like Grandma used to make!  Only $9 per person

~ Tractor Show 9am-5pm at the Milton Christian Church (201 E. Oak St.) featuring Modern & Restored Tractors & Old Gas Engines.

Saturday & Sunday

~Mormon Grave at Richardson's Point (11251 Rt. J40, Milton)  9am-5pm Interpretive tours of the burial sites of the first 1846 deaths on the Mormon Pioneer Trail, tours on the 1/2 hour. 


"Your Past is Our Present"

All activities held at Morris Park (10938 Timber Rd) EXCEPT Clark Barn Open House which is located a few miles West of Morris Park at 27882 107th St. No Admission Fee.

Friday Only

~ Five O'Clock Fish Fry

Saturday Only

~ NEW this year, Jam in the Park at 2:00pm

~ Chili Cook-off.Registration at 4:00pm, Judging at 6:00pm.

Saturday & Sunday

~ "Pioneer" Activities & Demonstrations. Morris Park Bingo, Chain Saw Artistry, Demonstrations of Flint-Knapping (Saturday Only), Leather Working, Blacksmithing and Rope Making. Story-telling at the School house for the kids, Honey Bee Display and a Long Horned Steer will be on display. Horse-wagon rides.

~"Make & Take" Dolls at Shelterhouse at 1:00pm.

~Tractor Exhibits register at 8:00am. Tractor Parade at 12:00p,. Tractor Rides at 2:00pm.

~Medicine Wagon Show 2:20pm & 4:20pm

~ Ancient Iron Demonstrations: Husker Shredder, Sandwich Corn Sheller, Miniature Baler & Engine, Hay Press, Saw Mill, Spark Show at Dark, Hit & Miss Engines.

~Clark Barn Open House featuring tours of this 1916 English Bank Barn Saturday 10am-4pm & Sunday 12-4pm. Barn is  located at 27882 107th St., a few miles West of Morris Park.

Sunday Only

~ Church Service at 10:00am



All locations are accepting new vendors. Each community has their own vendor coordinator.

Keosauqua- 319-293-7737 Keosauqua Vendor Application

Bentonsport- 319-592-3579 Bentonsport Vendor Application

Bonaparte- 319-592-3400 Bonaparte Vendor Application