Scenic Drive Festival
Oct. 12 & 13, 2013
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 festival will be held RAIN OR SHINE.
New! Fun photo Contest
New this year, just in time for the Scenic Drive Festival, several "Standees" (photo cut-outs) will be placed throughout the villages. Find & take your photo with at least 8 of them and submit them to the Villages of Van Buren, in person or via email, by 4p on Sunday, October 13th. Everyone will win a prize PLUS be entered to win the Grand Prize "Villages Rest & Relax Get-Away" which includes gift certificates and a 2-night stay at Pine Ridge Retreat Cabins near Lake Sugema!
- The 38th Annual Bentonsport Fine Art Festival, an annual juried art show with 30 fine artists and fine craft artisans showcasing printing, photography, sculptures, fabric arts, jewelry and more. Saturday 10a-5p & Sunday 10a-4p.
- Live music all weekend at the Gazebo:
10a-11:30a- Tom Shadonix from Ottumwa, IA.
11:30a-1p- Modern Dance by Sadora Duncan Dance of Fairfield, IA.
1-4p- SE Iowa's premier Blues Band, "Van and the Movers"
12p-4p-"A Jam Session" featuring a variety of musicians from Southern Iowa.
- Indian Artifact Museum & Specialty Shops will be open Saturday & Sunday 10a-5p.
- The Riverside Park will be filled with antique, craft, flea market and food vendors. Bake sales & raffles including a large quilt. Saturday & Sunday 10a-5p. Featuring: Nauvoo on the Road Saturday only 10a-4p.
- Trash and Treasures Sale and Swap Meet (Tractor Parts, Auto Parts, & Antiques) in the City Park Saturday (8:30a-5p) & Sunday (8:30a-4p). Lions will serve lunch on both days.
- Farm Girl Flea Market- Saturday Only 9am-5pm. Seven vendors: Jewelry, Pottery, Historic Letterpress printing and more. Located 1 mile East of Birmingham on J-16.
- Silent auction at the Opera House featuring 24” Vintage Bride Dolls dressed in handmade 1860’s era costumes. Bidding will be open 10a – 4p Saturday & Sunday.
- Saturday Only: Soup Luncheon at the Opera House 11a-1p served by the Bonaparte Library Board.
- Saturday Only:Fundraising Supper at the Fire Station 4-7p served by the Bonaparte Fire Department.
- Saturday Only: Book sale, caramel apples and awarding of prizes for the scarecrow contest. Held at the Bonaparte Library, 210 Washington St.
- Sunday Only: Sandwich & Soup Lunch at Opera House 11a-1p served by the Bonaparte United Church.
- Saturday & Sunday: Antique, Craft & Food vendors in the City Park and throughout downtown 10a-5p.
- Pumpkin decorating contest in Riverfront Park.
- Scarecrow Contest at the Bonaparte Library.
- Saturday and Sunday: Quilt Show at the Bonaparte United Church (4th & Texas St.) 10a-4p Saturday & 12-4p on Sunday. Free will offering to view the show. To enter an item contact Jean at 641-233-7917.
- Bonaparte Amish Schools Benefit Lunch, Bake Sale & Silent Auction. 10:30am- 2:30pm at the Thomas Schwartz Residence. 3 m. North of Bonaparte on W-40. BBQ Chicken, potato salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade pie, homemade ice cream.
- Saturday only at the Fire Station $8 per person for All-You-Can-Eat Black Kettle Ham & Beans and Cornbread with a drink and 1 dessert.
- Dutchman's Store open Saturday only 8a-5p with a Mennonite Bake Sale beginning at 8am. Closed Sunday.
- Phil's Grill at the Lunchbox Cafe. Serving Rib-eye Steaks, Grilled Loin, Chicken Breast, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, & Texas Tators.
- Old fashioned school events and tours at Valley Country School No. 3. Saturday only. No admission fee.
- First Annual Fall Fun Run 5K Walk/Run at Indian Lake Park. Friday, October 11th. Check-in 4:30-5p. Run @ 5p. Walk @ 6p. Click here for a Registration Form.
- Food & Craft Vendors in the Shelterhouse along the River 9a-5p Saturday & 12-5p Sunday. Lunch served at 11am. Wagon Rides downtown.
- Rubber Duck Race on the Des Moines River Sunday only at 2p.
- Variety of vendors including Bake Sales, Food, quilts, Avon, candles, and more at the Farmington Community Center. 8a-5p Saturday & Sunday.
- Hel-Mart's Train Room, Rocking Horse & Miniature Doll House displays will be open with no admission fee Saturday 9a-5p & Sunday 12-5p.
- Dancing Hooves Drill Team, from central Iowa, will perform 10 minutes programs on horseback to music at River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp. Saturday only 2p & 6p.
- Cowboy Church will be held Sunday only at 9a at the River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp Arena. No charge to attend.
- The Keosauqua Fall Festival with Arts, Crafts, Wood Crafts, Food and Variety Vendors set up downtown & in the Roberts Memorial Building (Hwy 1 N.).
- Lots of new vendors! Vendors open Friday 4-7p, Saturday 9a-5p & Sunday 10a-4p.
- A variety of live entertainment throughout the weekend.
- Kids Games including Mini Golf, Bounce House, Train, and more (set up behind Community First Bank) and Schmitters Petting Zoo (set up behind Wasko Hardware) all weekend.
- Sunday only: Kids Pedal Pull by Hawkeye Pedal Pull downtown Cass Street registration 1p and pull at 1:30p.
- Sunday only: 7th Annual Car & Motorcycle Show on First Street featuring classic & unique cards, trucks, hot rods, and motorcycles. Held rain or shine. Registration 10a-12p.
- Saturday Parade 10a theme “Service Thru Volunteerism” with line up at the Van Buren High School at 8a.
- Our Saviors’ Lutheran Church Soup Supper with homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts & drinks for a free will donation. Saturday only 4-7p.
- The Keosauqua Lions Club will serve all you can eat pancake & sausage breakfast for $7.00 (includes drink.) 'Tator Ribbons, Tenderloins, Corn Dogs and Funnel Cakes in the Keosauqua City Park.
- Cattleman's BBQ Lunch served at 11a under the Lions tent.
- Book Sale at the Keosauqua Public Library, downtown, Friday 1-5p, Saturday 9a-5p, & Sunday 1-5p. Free will donations accepted.
- The Southeast Iowa Cattle Dog Trial. Iowa’s largest 2 day cattle dog trial. Saturday & Sunday starting at 9a. 2.5 miles N. of Keosauqua on Hwy 1.
- Twombly Museum will be open Saturday 9am-12pm.
- Pearson House Museum will be open Sunday 1-4pm.
- Keosauqua Fairgrounds – Camping with Showers & Electricity ($15 per night). For reservations call Butch Gates at 641-777-9087.
Lacey – Keosauqua State Park
- Buckskinners Rendezvous will be held at Ely Ford with demonstrations knife & tomahawk throwing, black powder shoot, archery, basket weaving, traders row (with period goods), a food vendor (with Indian Fry Bread), candy cannons, and more. No admission fee.
- The 7th Annual Lacey Keosauqua Fall Run & Trail Walk. A 5K, 10K or 2 Mile Trail Walk Sunday Only. For a pre-registration form visit http://keosauqua.com/fall-festival.html.
- Yoder’s Indian Creek Furniture's 7th Anniversary Sale. 8a-5p. Not open Sunday.
- Milton Creamery open 8a-5p with a variety of gourmet cheeses & curds. Closed Sunday.
- Mormon Graves at Richardson's Point offer guided tours of the burial sites of the first 1846 deaths along the Mormon Trail. Saturday & Sunday 9a-5p with tours every 1/2 hour.
- Brad Klodt Historic Barn Tour 10a-5p Saturday & Sunday. View an 1895 restored barn, antique John Deere Tractor collection, and vintage pedal tractors. No admission fee.
- Tractor Show at Milton Christian Church parking lot. Restored & Modern Tractors. No admission fee. Saturday only 9a-5p.
- Home-Cooked Church Ladies Meal at Milton Christian Church. Chicken & Noodles with all the fixin's prepared by the Methodist & Christian Church ladies. Saturday only 11a-2p.
- All activities will be held Saturday & Sunday at Morris Park, 10938 Timber Rd., Stockport.
- NEW! Model T Caravan/Car Show.
- Chili Challenge Saturday Juding at 7p (start 4p). Awards for Hottest Chili, Most Unusual Chili, Best Use of Theme (Happy 75th Birthday), and Peoples Choice. Preregistration is required by October 11. Click here for a Registration Form.
- Performance by an old-fashion Circuit Rider at 2pm.
- Morris Park Tractor Show. Register 8-9am on Saturday, parade at noon. Info: Richard Workman 319-293-3808.
- Food vendors available both days.
- Horse-drawn wagon rides, Vendors including Curt Swarm’s “Junk Art” old-time music and pioneer demonstrations (rug making, candle making, washing clothes on a wash board, flint knapping, etc), kids’ crafts at the schoolhouse.
- Lighted Trail at 7pm & Camper Decorating Contest.
- On Sunday: Cowboy Church at 10am, Tarnished Brass Band plays at 2pm after the serving of the Commemorative 75th Anniversary cake.
Additional Information & Resources
Please thank and patronize our Sponsors whose generosity help make the Festival possible!
Community First Bank * Van Buren Telephone * Dutchman's Store * Cantril Grass Roots * Keosauqua Chamber * Keosauqua Lions * Hill-Phoenix/Barker Specialty Products * Yoder's Indian Creek Furniture * Community Insurance Agency * Libertyville Savings Bank * Cantril Feed & Grain * City Of Bonaparte * Lunchbox Cafe * Southern IA Electric Coop * Regal Oaks Retreat * Pedrick Funeral Home * Farm Bureau Financial Insurance/Alex Kessel * Northeast Power * Bonaparte Retreat * Lee Pharmacy * Good Samaritan Society- Van Buren * City of Farmington *
A special thanks to Pine Ridge Retreat Cabins near Lake Sugema for their generous donation of a 2-night stay for the Villages Rest & Relax Get-Away Grand Prize!