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July 2021

Jul 31st » Downtown After Sundown

Come enjoy a summer night in Downtown Bonaparte!

All of the shops will be open throughout the evening.
Corn Hole Games, Inflatables for Kids, Hot Rocks & Chalk drawing. 

4-8pm Ice Cream Social in the Opera House
Served by the Bonaparte United Church
Menu: Creamed Chicken or Maidrite Sandwich meal. Variety of Ice Cream and Desserts,

5pm  Street Dance 
Music by: 
Dusty Ramblers 
Beer Garden- hosted by the Bonaparte Community Improvement Associ. 

 7-9pm BINGO in the Opera House

Time:4:00pm until 9:00pm
Location:Downtown Bonaparte
803 1st St.
Bonaparte, IA 52620
Contact Person:Holly Richardson
Phone:319-592-3400
Email:clerk@cityofbonaparte.com

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August 2021

Aug 7th » Villages Folk School Classes

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. 

Pre-registration is required for classes.
Register for August Classes

Location:Villages Folk School
809 1st St.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Mel Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.VillagesFolkSchool.com

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Aug 7th » Cedar Valley Winery 12th Anniversary Celebration

Join Cedar Valley Winery as they celebrate 12 years of winemaking and valued customers.

Entertainment by Sez Who, catering by Sweet & Saucy BBQ, award-winning estate wines and dancing. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket for a fun evening! 

There is no admission fee as they want to thank all of their great customers for their support! Yard games for the kids. Soda, Water and Beer are available. No outside food or beverages allowed.

Time:5:00pm until 9:00pm
Location:Cedar Valley Winery
2034 Dewberry Ave.
Batavia, IA 52533
Contact Person:Penny Morgan
Phone:641-662-2800
Email:contact@cedarvalleywine.com
Website:http://www.cedarvalleywine.com

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Aug 13th - Aug 15th » Ranch Horse Show Series at River Valley Lodge

Ranch Horse Show Series - The fifth of the 2021 series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, dance, food concessions, and more. 

Camping is available on the grounds.  

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Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
29080 Hawk Dr.
Farmington, IA 52626
Contact Person:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleylodgeandcampground.com/

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Aug 13th - Aug 15th » Donkey Sorting Series

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.

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Location:River Valley Lodge and Horsecamp
29080 Hawk Dr
Farmington, IA 52626
Contact Person:Mike Wright
Phone:217-430-5527
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

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Aug 14th » Villages Folk School Classes

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. 

Pre-registration is required for classes.
Register for August Classes

Location:Villages Folk School
809 1st St
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Mel Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.VillagesFolkSchool.com

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Aug 14th » J40 Farm Crawl

A unique free family fun weekend filled with Farm Tours, Local Artists, Winery, Cheese Creamery, Amish Furniture, Clay Oven Baking, Wagon Rides, Amish School Breakfast, Glass Blowing, Homemade Ice Cream, Demonstrations and much more.

Download J40 Farm Crawl Brochure.

Time:8:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Along County Road J40, West of Keosauqua
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Phone:641-233-8210
Email:bloomandbark@netins.net
Website:https://www.facebook.com/J40FarmCrawl/

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Aug 21st - Aug 22nd » Bike Van Buren XXXV

Enjoy a fun-filled weekend while exploring all of the historic Villages of Van Buren. This is a casual, family-oriented bicycle ride through Van Buren County, Iowa. You'll enjoy some of the finest hospitality around with SAG support and food/drink stops along the route.

The routes wind through our historic Villages nestled amongst the rolling hillsides including the "Historic Hills Scenic Byway." Total weekend mileage is approximately 100-200 miles in two days. Although the majority of the route is on sparsely traveled paved county roads there are sections that include travel on state highway. 

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Walk-up registrations are welcome!

Registration hours: 
Saturday: 7:00am-8:30am or Sunday 7:30am-8:00am
Keosauqua City Park, 100 Van Buren St.

No bike? No problem! 
Bike Rentals Available!
Bickels Cycling & Fitness 319-754-4410

Location:Keosauqua City Park
100 Van Buren St.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Phone:319-293-7111
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com

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Aug 21st » Villages Folk School BBQ

Join the Villages Folk School for a community BBQ under the big tent!

Meal includes Pulled Pork or Brisket Sandwich with salads, chips, and drink. There will be a bake sale with a large selection of homemade pies and cakes that will be available for purchase. 

Live music on the Hotel outdoor patio to follow. 

Time:5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua City Park
100 Van Buren St.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Mel
Phone:319-288-0047
Website:http://VillagesFolkSchool.com

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Aug 27th » Keosauqua Chamber Annual Golf Tournament

4 - person best shot. Open to everyone! $140 per team, $35 individual with Lunch Included. Win cash prizes, pin prizes, and fun shot prizes. Registration 8:30am, Tee off 9am.

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Time:9:00am
Location:Riverview Country Club
217 Riverview Dr.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Email:keochamber@gmail.com
Website:http://www.keosauqua.com

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Aug 27th - Aug 29th » Cowgirl Backing Clinic & Rodeo

"Move over Cowboy, this Cowgirl can back her own trailer!"
This clinic is for you ladies that would like to be able to build your driving and backing skills when pulling a trailer.

Friday will kick it out with a banquet dinner and a workshop on how to winterize your camper/trailer. This will be own by other campers. But Saturday is reserved for the ladies, with workshops in tire changing, pre-trip inspection, hitching and unhitching as well of lots of one on one driving and backing.

Sunday there will be an open women-only trailer pulling and backing competition, Cowgirl Backing Rodeo!

Pre-registration required for clinic, limited spaces available.
$50 gets you in all workshops, one on one driving instruction with a confident female instructor, two meals, and entry into the Backing Rodeo

Time:6:00pm until 4:45pm
Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
29080 Hawk Dr.
Farminton, IA 52626
Contact Person:Sheri
Phone:641-919-4021
Email:dillbillings@gmail.com
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Aug 28th » Villages Folk School Classes

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. 

Pre-registration is required for classes.
Register for August Classes

 

Location:Villages Folk School
809 1st St.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Mel Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.VillagesFolkSchool.com

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Aug 29th » Bentonsport Artist of the Year

Doug Adams of Fairfield, IA is the creator of the wire trees and woodworks of art that are sold in the Twisted River Gifts in Bentonsport, IA. He has been named the 2021 Bentonsport Artist of the year!

Meet Doug Adams and watch his slide show of making his art. Cake, nuts, mints and punch will be served.

Time:1:30pm until 3:30pm
Location:The Stone House
26985 Route J40
Bentonsport, IA 52565
Contact Person:Mindy Kralicek
Phone:5159910395
Email:Mindy.Kralicek@gmail.com
Website:http://Bentonsportheritage.org

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