Villages of Van Buren - Event Calendar
Discover fun things to do all year long!
Ongoing Events 2022
Friday 7-9pm: Donkeys will be numbered up and in pens. People will be able to just ride and a chance for anyone new to get their horses used to the donkey. No admission fee.
Saturday 11am-3pm: Full arena sort. All teams will be drawn, the number of rounds will be determined by the number of people. Teams of 3 people. $15 a person will enter you in all the rounds for the day. You will also need a $5 wristband if you are not camping. Sign-up will be 10-10:45am. There will be a Jackpot round at the end of the practice rounds. This will cost $5 a person and each person can enter 3 times.
Sunday 11am-3pm: Sort-n-pen. All teams will be drawn, the number of rounds will be determined by the number of people. Teams of 3 people. $15 a person will enter you in all the rounds for the day. You will also need a $5 wristband if you are not camping. Sign-up will be 10-10:45am. There will be a Jackpot round at the end of the practice rounds. This will cost $5 a person and each person can enter 3 times.
Step back in time to the early American frontier pre-1840s. Demonstrators showing crafts and skills from the early American frontier. Vendors selling period items will be on site. Free admission, fun and entertaining for the whole family.
It's been 50 years since the Rose Garden was planted inside the millpond and Brown Mill foundations.
Enjoy music, refreshments and all beauty the Rose Garden has to offer!
Celebrate the 4th of July weekend in Bonaparte! Parade, fireworks and more. There will be activities for the entire family throughout the day.
1pm Pulled Pork Sandwiches at Fire Station
Have a blast with your family and friends this 4th of July!
Great fun all day for the entire family in downtown Keosauqua!
Good ol' 4th of July Parade at Indian Lake Park!
The theme is Hometown America! Line up will be at 10am at the Highway 81 entrance. The parade will start at 10:30 am and go through the campground.
Have a bash on July 4th in Farmington, IA!
FREE family event with 4th of July Craft, Sprinkler, Carnival Games, Costume Contest (4th of July Theme), Snow Cones, Hot Dogs & Chips and more!
Stay and watch the fireworks at dusk!
The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the eleven historic Villages of Van Buren County, Iowa.
Classes are held in a peaceful rural setting, so students can return to a simpler time and witness the importance of the artisan in village life.
Enjoy Bentonsport as it was in the 1850s! Covered wagons will take visitors to meet 1850s characters throughout the day.
Enjoy craft demonstrations, food vendors, musicians The Galvanators and John Lee Boyer. Presentation in the Stone House at 2 p.m. about those who lived along the Lower Des Moines River before settlers arrived by Cherie Haury-Artz from U of I Archaeology Dept.
IF Severe Storm: The event will be moved to August 6th.
Potluck supper at 7pm in the shelter house. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided. Just bring your favorite Summer dish to share!
Have fun with great games: bags, ladder ball and old-fashioned lawn games before the movie Shazan at dusk! Everyone is welcome and don't forget to bring your chair or blanket
Ranch Horse Show Series - The fourth of the 2022 series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, wine tasting, dance, food concessions, and more. Camping is available on the grounds.
Enjoy a week of fun at the Van Buren County Fair! Featuring: Fair Queen Contest, 4-H and FFA exhibits all week long & more!
Friday, July 22
Some of the best painters in the tri-state region will gather to compete for cash and prizes in the 6th annual Villages Folk School’s plein air competition “Paint The Fair”.
Wednesday is Paint The Fair Workshop with Farley Lewis on the fairgrounds, Thursday, painters disperse across the county to paint in outdoor settings. Friday, painters work on the grounds with judging and public exhibit/reception at 5pm under the grandstands. Paintings will be for sale.
Kentucky Headhunters will be at the Van Buren County Fair!
Tickets: Advanced $15, at the gate $20