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Scenic Drive Festival

Scenic Drive Festival

Oct. 11 & 12, 2014


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.

This year, we will once again, have the Fun Foto contest with wooden "standees." They are located in the Villages of Cantril, Keosauqua, Bentonsport, Stockport/ Morris Park, Bonaparte, Farmington, Milton & Birmingham. Snap your picture with at least 5 of the 12,and you could win a 2-night stay in a beautiful cozy cabin at Pine Ridge Retreat at Lake Sugema. Deliver your photos in person at the Welcome Center (809 First St. in Keosauqua) before 3pm on Saturday or email by 8:00am on Monday to info@villagesofvanburen.com.

NEW this year, in Keosauqua, is the University of Iowa’s Mobile Museum which will be located downtown with free admission. This amazing museum on wheels features exhibits that focus on three very different eras in Iowa’s history. Ice Age Giants, Ancient Agriculturists and Cornerstones focuses on the founding of Iowa.



Saturday & Sunday

  • Antiques, Craft Show & Flea Market 10am-5pm
    Specialty shops, variety of vendors, food, bake sales,
     New this year, Wabam Body Art.
  • Indian Artifact Museum 10am-5pm
    Impressive display of artifacts. No admission fee.
  • 39th Annual Fine Art Festival
    Juried art show, Fine arts by Iowa artisans.
    Artist demonstrations.
    Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-4pm
  • Live music all weekend at the Gazebo:  Saturday: 1-4pm is "Blue Cat Alley" . A very popular group from Fairfield, IA. Also on Saturday from 4-5pm is Modern Dance by Becca. Sunday: 1:30-3:30pm the band “Purdies” will perform.

Saturday Only

  • Nauvoo on the Road 10am-4pm
    Candle & rope making, games & other Pioneer pastimes.


Saturday & Sunday

  • Trash & Treasures Sale in City Park
    Sat. 8:30am-5pm, Sun. 8:30am-4pm
    Rummage sale with a variety of unique items. Lunch on Saturday, refreshments on Sunday.
  • Farm Girl Flea Market 9a-5p, East of Birmingham on J16.
    Up to 10 Vendors of Antiques, Art, Food, and good old fashion Barn Junk on a hay rack.


Saturday & Sunday

  • Antique, craft, & food vendors. 9am-5pm
    Located in City Park
  • Silent Auction of 24" Vintage Bride Dolls
    dressed in 1860's handmade clothing.
    Bidding Open: 10am-4pm. Held at the Opera House
  • Meals are Free Will Donation
    Sat. only: Soup Luncheon 11am-1pm at Opera House
    Sat. & Sun: Sandwiches 11am-5pm at fire station
  • 2nd Annual Quilt Show
    Sat:10am-4pm Sun: 12-4pm
    Bonaparte United Church (5th & Texas St.)
    Features quilts, wall hangings, runners & toppers.
    Vote for "Best in Show" Award

Friday & Saturday

  • Amish Dinner
    Sunrise Bakery 31154 210th St.
    Home cooked Amish Buffet 5:00-7:30pm
    Adults: $10, Children ages 5-12: $5, Ages under 4: free

Saturday Only

  • Book Sale & Caramel Apples
    Bonaparte Library, 210 Washington St.


Saturday Only

  • Black Kettle Ham & Beans & Cornbread 11am-2pm
    All-you-can-eat ham & beans w/dessert & drink
    Located at Fire Station.
  • Dutchman's Store 8am-5pm
    Mennonite Bake Sale 8am-?


Saturday Only

  • Lunchbox Cafe in Douds serving Ribeyes, Pork Loin,
    Chicken Breast, Hamburgers, Hotdogs & Texas Tators
  • Valley School No. 3 Museum in Leando
    Restored one-room country school open for tours.
    Dutch Oven Cooking, Pumpkin Carving
    Mule/Wagon rides. No admission fee.


Saturday & Sunday

  • Train Room, miniature doll house room, antique
    rocking horse displays.
    Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 12pm-5pm
    Located in Hel-Mart, 201 State St. No admission fee.
  • Art Show
    Located at Community Center at 201 S. 4th St.
  • Arts & Crafts at Shelter house
    Vendors, Brats, & Chili
  • Iowa Parelli Savvy Fest
    Horsemanship & Cattle Clinic. Spectators welcome.
    No admission fee. River Valley Lodge, 29080 Hawk Drive.
  • Cowboy Church 9:00am at River Valley Lodge, 29080 Hawk Drive.
  • Glow Run/Walk (Fri. Oct.10)
    5K Walk/Run. Check-in-in: 5:30-6pm
    Run: 6:05pm, Walk: 6:15pm
    Held at Indian Lake Park, 28163 Willow Ave.
  • Pioneer Historical Museum
    Pioneer recipe samplings, tour. 205 S. 4th St.


Friday, Saturday, Sunday

  • New this year, is the Wacky Water Walkerz, better known as “human hamster balls”, large pliable, plastic balls made for people of all ages to get inside and then try to “walk on water.”  
  • Fri. 4-7pm, Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 10am-4pm
    Vendors are located in downtown area & Robert's
    Memorial Building on Hwy. 1 North.
    Arts, Crafts, Wood Crafts,Flea Market & Food Vendors
    Live Entertainment & Kids Games
  • Keosauqua Lions Food Tent
    All meals are located under big tent in city park
    • Pancake & Sausage Breakfast 7am-10am
      All-you-can-eat w/drink
      Adults: $6, Children: Ages 5-10 $3, Under 5: Free.
    • Tenderloins, 'Tator Ribbons, Corn Dogs, Chili Cheese Fries beginning at 9:00am.
  • Lions Raffle for a chance at 2 - $125 cash prizes (Courtesy of Libertyville Savings Bank), a Stihl Chainsaw (Courtesy of Lengacher’s Small Engines) and a $100 gift Certificate (Courtesy of Iron & Lace in Bentonsport.). Tickets can be purchased under the Lions tent in downtown Keosauqua for 1 for $1.00 or 6 for $5.00. The winners will be drawn at 5:00pm Sunday. You need not be present to win.
  • Cattleman's BBQ Lunch 11am-?
  • Book Sale
    Located at public library downtown. Free will donation
    Fri. 12pm-4pm. All day Sat. & Sun.
  • NEW! University of Iowa's Mobile Museum in downtown Keosauqua. Free admission

Saturday only Keosauqa Rotary Parade

  • Line-up at 8am at High School, Parade starts at 10am
    2014 Theme: 175 Years of Progress
  • Musical Entertainment be set up on First & Van Buren Street. Saturday Entertainment:  8:30a Van Buren Jr. High Choir, 11:30a (approx) VBHS Choir, 1:00p & 2:15p Double Dose (Country, Rock & Blues), 1:45p S&K Dance performance.  Sunday Entertainment: 1p-3p. Bridge City Country, southern Iowa’s newest country sensation!
  • Twombly Museum (801 Fist St)
    Free tours. Sat. 10am-3pm. Free admission
  • Soup Supper 4pm-7pm
    Our Savior Lutheran Church, Hwy 1 N.
    Homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts, drinks. Free will

Sunday Only

  • Iowa Cow Dog Trails 9:00am Largest cattle dog trail in Midwest. 2.5 M. North on Hwy 1
  • Kids Pedal Pull 1:30pm
    Located on Cass St. downtown. Registration at 1pm
  • 8th Annual Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show
    Registration 10am-12pm. Awards at 3pm
    Classic & unique cars, trucks, hot rods & motorcycles.
  • Pearson House Museum, a stop on the Underground Railroad, will be open with guided tours from 1-4pm.

Camping w/ showers at VBC Fairgrounds.
$15/night w/elec. Reservations:641-777-9087

Lacey-Keosauqua State Park

Saturday & Sunday

Buckskinner's Rendezvous Camp at Ely Ford
Demonstrations, candy cannon, trader's row, food &
drink, vendors & more. No admission fee.

Sunday Only

8th Annual Fall Run & Walk 9am
5K, 10K, or 2 m. walk. Register at Lodge ($20)
8:15am. Pre-register online ($15) at Keosauqua.com

Lebanon Area

All Saturday Only

  • Yoder's Indian Creek Furniture 8am-5pm
    8th Anniversary Sale with 10% off indoor furniture
    in-stock or special order. 5% off outdoor items
    FREE coffee & donuts all day. Door prizes.
    Grand Prize give-away: Glider Rocker, Closed Sunday.
  • Amish School Breakfast & Bake Sale 8am-12:00pm
    Free will donation. Homemade biscuits & sausage
    gravy, pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage,
    cinnamon rolls. Located at Lebanon; Jct. V64 & J40
  • Lengacher's Greenhouse 8am-5pm
    Beautiful selection of fall mums, fresh produce and free wagon rides. 23583 Heather Ave. (6.5 m W of Keosauqua on J-40, 1/2 m. S on Heather Ave.)


Saturday & Sunday

  • Mormon Graves at Richardson's Point 9am-5pm
    West of Lebanon & Oak Point Cemetery on J40 W
    11251 Rte. J-40, Milton. Watch for signs
  • Brad Klodt Historic Barn Tour 10am-5pm
    21483 Acorn Ave., Milton. Watch for signs
    Guided tours of 1895 restored barn, Antique John
    Deere tractor collection, Vintage pedal tractor and
    Miniature barn displays. There will also be a local honey producer with samples of honey-made products as well as apple pressing demonstrations. No admission fee.

Saturday Only

  • Milton Creamery 8am-5pm
    202 East Hwy 2
    Sample 20+ cheese varieties at the nationally
    recognized cheese plant in SE Iowa.
  • Tractor Show 9am-5pm
    Christian Church, 301 E. Oak, Milton
    Modern & restored tractors,. Refreshments available
  • Home-Cooked Lunch 11am-2pm
    Christian Church, 301 E. Oak, Milton
    Chicken & Noodle Dinner like Grandma used to make!

Stockport / Morris Park

All events take place at Morris Park, 10938 Timber Rd. (5m. N & E of Stockport)

Fish Fry (5:30p-?)will kick off the weekend activities!


  • 8:00am- Register for Tractor Exhibition, Snack Shack Opens, vendor set-up.
  • 10:00am- Ice Cream Making (and sampling!) & Working Exhibits: Cider-Pressing, Blacksmithing, Flint-knapping, Husker Shredder, Sandwich Corn Sheller, homemade tractor, miniature baler & engine, hay press, cane press and more!
  • 11:00am- Medicine Wagon Show
  • 12:00pm- Tractor Parade
  • 1:00pm- Harlan & Fiddlin' Granny
  •  2:00 pm Dave Connon presents "Iowans who Fought against the Union" held in the one-room schoolhouse.
  • 3:00pm- Story Telling at the schoolhouse
  • 3:00pm- Medicine Wagon Show
  • 4:00pm- Chili Cook-off
  • 6:30pm- Campground decorating contest


  • 10:00am- Church
  • 11:00am- Demonstrations resume
  • 12:00pm- Tractor Parade
  • 1:00pm- Music by Stan Knipfer & Jim Settles
  • 2:00pm Performance by Tarnished Brass Band

The festival will be held RAIN OR SHINE.


Vendor applications are available for:


Morris Park in Stockport