Scenic Drive Festival

Scenic Drive Festival

October 8 & 9, 2016

Join us for our 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. 

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NOTE: Brochures with maps will be available at all locations as well as the INFORMATION BOOTH in downtown Keosauqua (Van Buren St.)

Birmingham 

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

  • Millard's Turtle Farm Special Open House (16580 Linden Ave., Birmingham) Tour one of the largest Turtle Farms in the Midwest with special activities on site!  9am-4pm daily.

Saturday & Sunday

  • NEW!! The Calico Press-Letterpress Print Shop (23096 Rt J-16) Hands-on demonstrations of antique printing presses.  Art Prints, Greeting Cards, Shirts, Unique Handmade Gifts! Sat. 8am-5pm, Sun. 9am-3pm
  • Trash & Treasures Sale featuring a large rummage-style and flea market sale with unique items in the Birmingham City Park (corner of Main & Wood St.) Saturday 8am-5pm & Sunday 9am-4pm.  Lunch is available both days.  To donate items contact Harry at 319-498-4201 or Arlene at 319-498-4425.  Outside vendors may display and sell in park at the same time, no charge. All proceeds benefit park and shelterhouse improvements.

Bentonsport

Saturday & Sunday

  • Antiques, Craft, Flea Market & Food Vendors set up in the Riverfront Park, Specialty Shops Open, & Bake Sales in downtown Bentonsport daily 10am-5pm 
  • Indian Artifact Museum open 10a-5p. No admission fee 
  • 41st Annual Fine Art & Fine Craft Festival featuring art for sale by Midwest artists, demonstrations of one-of-kind creations and live music featuring blues band, “Van & the Movers” on Sat. 2p-5p & Country Western music by “Amarillo” on Sunday 11a-4p. Hours: 10am-5pm Saturday & 10am-4pm Sunday in downtown Bentonsport.

Saturday Only

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

Bonaparte

Friday & Saturday

  • Sunrise Bakery Amish Dinner Buffet 5-7:30pm each evening. Menu: Meatloaf, Oven-baked Chicken, mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Beef Noodles, Sweet Corn, Green Beans, Salad Bar, Homemade Bread, Homemade Pies and Homemade Ice Cream. Adults: $11+tax, Children $5.50+tax, Under age 4: Free.

    Saturday Only 8am-4pm – Homemade Ice Cream and Amish Buggy Rides available at Bakery.  Sunrise Bakery is located north of Bonaparte on W40 (31154 210th St.).

Saturday

  • 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 10:00am-2pm.  Also holding a Bake Sale & Auction beginning at 10:00am.
  • Annual Bonaparte Public Library Soup Luncheon at the Bonaparte Opera House (614 1st St.).  Serving a variety of homemade soups, relishes, and desserts. Served 11am – 1pm, $6 a person.
  • NEW!! Let’s Go on a Safari at the Bonaparte Opera House (614 1st St.).  See an educational display of taxidermy and North American animals will be available for viewing.  John Jones will be doing a demonstration on taxidermy. Free admission, open 11am-2pm.

Saturday & Sunday

  • Bonaparte Vendor Event in the Riverfront Park (downtown Bonaparte right off J40) from 10am-5pm.  Vendors offering crafts, antiques, food, and baked goods.  
  • 4th Annual Quilt Show held at the Bonaparte United Church (412 5th St.).  View beautiful handmade quilts, free-will donations for admission fee is appreciated.  Saturday 10am-4pm & Sunday 12-4pm.
  • Historic Bonaparte Pottery (411 1st St.) will be open with hands-on pottery demonstrations by master potters.  New this year - Scavenger hunt of the historic building and grounds.  Gift shop & museum open 10am-5pm, no admission fee.

Cantril

Saturday Only

  • NEW!! End of Summer Grill served from 10am-2pm (or until they run out) at the Cantril Fire Station, 104 W. 3rd St.  Meal is $5.00 and includes a sandwich, chips, dessert and a drink. 
  • Dutchman’s Store open 8am-5pm with a Mennonite Bake Sale outside starting at 8am.

Saturday & Sunday

  • Wickfield Farm Sales Pavilion Special Open House (17451 260th St.) will have free guided tours both days 9am-5pm.
    NEW!! Saturday evening 4pm–7pm: Old Time Music, Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry, Smoked Pork Loin, Fried Pickles, Chips, drinks. Free will Donation. Bring your lawn chairs.

Douds

Saturday

  • Phil’s Grill at the Lunch Box Café (14191 Hwy 98) 11am-7pm featuring Famous Bigfoot Tenderloins, Texas Tators & Homemade Tacos.

Farmington

Friday

  • 3K Fun Run/Walk at Indian Lake Park (28163 Willow Ave.), registration 5-5:30pm, run 6pm.  Registrations fees are: Adults $25 Pre-Registered by 9/23 or $30 Walk-Up & Children $15 Pre-Registered by 9/23 or $20 Walk-Up. Wear a Super Hero costume - prizes will be given for Best Individual Costume (child & adult) and Best Family Costume.  Download a registration form. 

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

  • Books are Fun Book Fair at the Bridge Cafe (101 Olive St.) Fri 5-9pm, Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 8am-3pm, sponsored by the Farmington UMC. All proceeds benefit Van Buren County Christmas for Kids. 

Saturday & Sunday

  • 3rd Annual Farmington Art Show at the Farmington Community Center (201 S. 4th St.) 8am-4pm 
  • Arts, Crafts & Food Vendors at the Shelterhouse downtown Saturday 8am-5pm & Sunday 8am-4pm.  Vendors, Brat Burgers & Chili 
  • Pioneer Historical Museum Open House (205 S. 4th St.) Open special hours Saturday 9am-5pm & Sunday 12-4pm.

Keosauqua

Friday

  • Archie's Banquet Center (202 Cass St.) will have their weekly All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken Buffet from 4:45pm- 8:00pm for just $10.95 +tax. (Note: This week it will not be served on Wed. Oct. 5)

Saturday & Sunday

  • Keosauqua Lions Food Tent in the City Park serving All-You-Can-Eat Pancake & Sausage Breakfast just $6 from 7am-10 & Lunch 11am-5pm featuring Tater Ribbons, Catfish Nuggets, Chicken Strips, Corn Dogs, French Fries (Plain, Chili &/or Cheese), Ham sandwiches and NEW this year, Hot Wings! Tickets for Chainsaw Raffle available, drawing on Sunday. 
  • Archie's Banquet Center (202 Cass St.) will be serving brats and enchiladas from 11am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-2pm on Sunday.  There is plenty of indoor seating and cool drinks. Arts and crafts vendors can be found set up in the parking lot as well.
  • Keosauqua Library Book Sale free will donation sale located outside the library, Friday 12-4pm and Saturday  9am-5pm. 
  • Fall Festival in downtown Keosauqua with craft and food vendors. Hours: Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10a-4pm. Vendors also set-up at Roberts Memorial Building, Hwy. 1 North. Activities for the whole family include live music (see schedule below), National Guard Climbing Wall at 12:30 on Saturday. On Sunday, Kids Pedal Pull at 1:00pm and the Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show  with registration beginning at 10:00am, show starts at 12:00pm. New this year, there will be a carnival all weekend with discounted tickets available at Libertyville Savings Bank, First Iowa State bank & Tropical Tan.
    Music Line-up (musical performances will be held at the New Riverfront Stage, across from Circle B C-Store):
    SATURDAY
    8:30am - Junior High Chorus
    11:30am (after the parade)- High School Chorus
    1:00pm- Double Dose
    3:00pm- Curtis Oliver
    SUNDAY
    11:30am-Church Services with Kevin Mote and the Sonshine Band.
    1:00pm - Tarnished Brass Band

Saturday Only

  • Keosauqua Rotary Parade “Today’s Students-Tomorrow’s Leaders” through downtown Keosauqua, line up at 8am at the Van Buren High School, Parade starts at 10am.
  • NEW!! Freedom Float: The Underground Railroad Along the River. Hear legends & stories of the Underground Railroad as you float along the Des Moines River Water Trail, ending the day at the Pearson House Museum, a confirmed station on the Underground Railroad.10am-2pm. This is an official Des Moines River Water Trails event co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Jefferson County Conservation. Pre-registration is required and participation is limited. If you do not have your own canoe or kayak, some are available for loan. The trip is open to all but children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants may register by calling (641)-472-4421 or emailing dmriverwatertrail@gmail.com.
  • Pearson House Museum Complex (718 Dodge St.) Interpretive Tours of Pearson House, a safe house on the Underground RR, One-room Schoolhouse & Log Cabin 1-4pm.  Free will donation.

Sunday Only

Lebanon

Saturday Only

  • Amish School (Jct. of J40 & V64) 8a-12pm Free Will Donation Breakfast serving Biscuits & Gravy, Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Cinnamon Rolls, & Drinks.
  • Yoder's Indian Creek Furniture (22769 Rt. V-64, Milton; 3/4 m. S. of Lebanon) 10th Anniversary Sale with 10% off everything in-stock or special order.  15% off wind chimes and in-stock outdoor furniture, 5% off poly lawn furniture.  FREE coffee & donuts all day.  Door prizes.  Grand Prize Give-Away: Glider Rocker. 8am-5pm.

Milton

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 11am-1pm at the Milton Christian Church (201 E. Oak St.) just like Grandma used to make!  Includes real mashed potatoes, fresh salads, and yummy desserts for only $9 per person, under 12 is just $5 
  • Truck, Tractor & Car Show 9am-5pm at the Milton Christian Church (201 E. Oak St.).  Go back in time and view restored trucks, tractors, cars and small fly wheel engines.  Refreshments available. Free admission.

Stockport

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

  • “Heritage Days” at Morris Park (10938 Timber Rd.) Food, Tours, Rug Making, Crocheting, Quilts, Ancient Iron Demos, Blacksmithing, Jam Session, Tractor Rides, Train Rides, Horse & Wagon Rides,  Parade, Possum Tails, Salsa Cook-Off, & Chili Cook-Off.  Fish Fry Friday at 5pm!  Saturday Only: SE Iowa Button Guild will present a program on antique buttons at 2pm. Music Jam begins at 12p.  Sunday: Church at 10am. Hours: Fri 5-7p, Sat. 9-5, Sun 9-4.

Saturday & Sunday

  • Clark Barn Open House celebrating the 100th birthday of this Old English Bank Barn, built in 1916. Free tours and free birthday refreshments. Saturday 10am-4pm & Sunday 12-4pm (27882 107th St., watch for signs.)

All locations are accepting new vendors. Each community has their own vendor coordinator.  If you have questions please contact the community you would like to set up in using the contact numbers below.



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