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Ongoing Events 2021

Oct 15th - Oct 17th » Ranch Horse Show Series at River Valley Lodge

Ranch Horse Show Series - The finals of the 2021 series. You won't want to miss this final competition and awards. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, dance, food concessions, and more. 

Camping is available on the grounds.  

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

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October 2021

Oct 16th » 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.

Pre-registration is required for classes.
Register for October 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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Oct 22nd - Oct 24th » Donkey Sorting Finals

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.

Year-end awards for the top 3 teams will be presented for both full arena and sort-n-pen.

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

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Oct 23rd - Oct 31st » Trick or Treat in the Villages

Saturday, October 23rd

Indian Lake Park Stone Lodge, 28163 Willow Ave., Farmington: 5-9:30pm
Have fun with a hayride, face painting, haunted trail and more for a Free-Will donation. 

Friday, October 29th

Keosauqua Chamber Safe Stops - Trunk-or-Treat: 4:30-5:30pm

City of Keosauqua - Trick-or-Treat: 6-8pm

Haunted Hotel: 4:30-6pm. 
Walk through the Hotel Manning basement that is set up by the Libertyville Savings Bank, as a haunted area. 100 Van Buren St., Keosauqua

Stockport Halloween: 5-7pm
Trick or Treat throughout the town, Weenie Roast (Hosted by Stockport Lions) and Trunk or Treat at the City Park.

Saturday, October 30th

Bentonsport Halloween Treats: 10am-4pm
Each shop will offer FREE treats to visitors.

Farmington Trick-or-Treat: 5-7pm

Birmingham Trick-or-Treat: 5-8pm

Bonaparte Trick-or-Treat: 5-7pm

Cantril Trick-or-Treat: 5:30-7:30pm

Milton Trick-or-Treat: 5:30-7:30pm

Douds Trick-or-Treat: 6-8pm

Location:Villages of Van Buren, Southeast IA

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Oct 29th - Oct 31st » Spooky Halloween Retreat

Trail ride, dance, wine tasting, fun contests and much more!

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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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November 2021

Nov 5th - Nov 7th » Let's Paint the Trails

Weekend of trail riding and instructional painting!
Meet new friends in a safe group of horsemen, guided trail riding, building new friendships, creating a unique painting.
Four home-cooked meals are provided.
$95 includes food and all painting supplies.

Camping separately, reserve through River Valley 319-878-3888

A deposit of $40 to reserve a spot can be mailed to:
Sheri Dill-Billings
2430 285th St
New London, IA 52645
Or PayPal dillbillings@gmail.com
Please feel free to email or call with questions at 641-919-4021

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Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
29080 Hawk Dr.
Farminton, IA 52626
Contact Person:Sheri
Phone:641-919-4021
Email:dillbillings@gmail.com
Website:https://www.facebook.com/events/2812128242437113

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Nov 5th » Villages Folk School's 8th Annual Bottomless Bowls Soup Supper

Postpone Until Next Year (November 4th, 2022)

Choose from a large selection of handmade bowls and enjoy all you can eat homemade soups!  Homemade bread, dessert, and drink included. $25 suggested donation handmade bowl to keep or good will offering for disposable bowl. 

Time:5:00pm
Location:Stone House
26985 Rte. J40
Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Mel
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:villagesfolkschool@gmail.com
Website:http://VillagesFolkSchool.com

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Nov 6th » 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 November 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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Nov 10th - Nov 13th » Dutchman's Store Anniversary Sale

The Dutchman's Store is celebrating 36 years in Cantril, with a special Anniversary Sale.

Hours: Mon-Fri 8a-6p, Sat. 8a-5p, Closed Sunday.

Location:Dutchman's Store
103 Division St.
Cantril, IA 52542
Phone:319-397-2322
Email:info@dutchmansstore.com
Website:http://www.dutchmansstore.com

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Nov 12th - Nov 13th » Bonaparte Music Bonanza - Holiday Show

Start the holiday season off with musical acts and performances provided by some very talented local musicians. This is a fun-filled family event.

Featuring many local entertainers from the Tri-Sate area including Mike Browning, Amy Fellows, Tom Allen, Brandon Cochenour, Justin & Jolene Snider, Joe Short, Marcella Hannam, Tiana Fincher, and Jed Westercamp and many more!

Friday Show: Doors open at 6pm, show at 7pm.
Saturday Show: Doors open at 5:30pm for Soup Supper, Show at 7pm.

Tickets: $10.00 in advance (age 5-adults) non refundable. 
$15.00 at the door (Limited Reserve Seating Available). Call 319-520-5385 for tickets. 

Sat Only: A soup supper will be served at 5:30 pm in the cafeteria prior to the show. A variety of soups, sandwiches and desserts will be available.

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Time:6:00pm until 5:30pm
Location:Former School Bldg.
602 8th St.
Bonaparte, IA 52620
Phone:319-561-0992

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Nov 20th - Nov 21st » 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 November 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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Nov 20th » 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 November 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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Nov 26th - Dec 31st » Christmas in the Villages

Celebrate the season, beginning Nov. 26 and continuing throughout the month of December with a variety of special events happening. The spirit of the season will abound as you enjoy the ever-popular Holiday Lights, unique holiday shopping experiences, Amish meals and special business open houses to find that perfect gift. And of course, we would love for you to spend a few days with us too! All of our  Bed & Breakfasts, Cabins, Cottages and Hunting Lodges are open all year long!

Request a Christmas in The Villages Brochure to be mailed to you.
 

Location:Villages of Van Buren County, Iowa
Phone:319-293-7111
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com

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Nov 27th » Wasko's Christmas Open House/ Small Business Saturday

Christmas is in the Air!

Shop for that special someone on your Christmas list, pick up stocking stuffers, enjoy special pricing, drawings and food. Help us celebrate shopping local!

Time:8:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Wasko Hardware
810 1st St.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Susan Wasko
Phone:319-293-6468
Email:susan@waskohardware.com
Website:https://www.waskohardware.com/

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