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October 2021

Oct 1st - Oct 3rd » BFMFR at River Valley Lodge

Join River Valley Lodge for their annual Bentler Family Memorial Fall Ride. There will be a dance, trail rides, wine tasting, food and more. You don't want to miss this annual event!

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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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Oct 2nd - Oct 3rd » Southeast Iowa Depot Tour

All Aboard! 
The Southeast Iowa Depot Tour takes off on Saturday, October 2nd and goes through Sunday, October 3rd. Train enthusiasts and rail fans of all ages definitely won’t want to miss this event! 

One Depot that has not been open to the public for many years, will be open during the Southeast Iowa Depot Tour. So hop aboard and check out the Milton Depot, in Van Buren County. You never know when you’ll get another chance! 

Pilot Grove (CB&Q)  Sat: 9am-4pm & Sun 1-4pm
Dover Museum, 213 W Main St., New London, IA
Kids will receive a free coloring book.         

Eldon Depot Museum & Rocket Room Model Railroad (CRI&P) Sat & Sun:10am-4pm
405 KD Ave., Eldon, IA 

Douds Depot (CRI&P) Sat & Sun: 1-4pm
14168 Walnut St., Douds, IA

Milton (CB&Q) Sat & Sun: 1-4pm
N. Main St., Milton, IA

Peavine Line Museum (CB&Q) Sat & Sun: 1-4pm
104 N Main St., Stockport, IA 
Souvenirs for sale along with baked goods and refreshments. 

Yarmouth (CB&Q) Sat & Sun: 1-4pm
Located at Old Threshers, 405 E Thresher Rd., Mt Pleasant

CRI&P = Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific
CB&Q = Chicago, Burlington & Quincy

The following are not open due to structural issues, but permission is granted to walk around the building:

Winfield (CB&Q)
309 E Pearl St., Winfield, IA 

Donnellson (CB&Q)
376-498 Mill St., Donnellson, IA

Location:Southeast Iowa

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Oct 2nd » Bluegrass Music Jam

Admission Is free so grab a lawn chair & a friend and enjoy the music.

5-7pm - Walking Tacos and a soda or bottled water $5.
7:30-9:30pm - Root Beer Floats $1. 

Time:5:00pm until 10:00pm
Location:Indian Lake Park Stone Lodge
28163 Willow Ave.
Farmington, IA 52626
Phone:319-878-3706

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Oct 8th - Oct 10th » Scenic Drive Festival

Countywide Festival with numerous events and activities planned in most of the Villages. Featuring arts and crafts vendors, antique vendors, art shows, music, garage sales, kid's entertainment, parade, car and motorcycle show, food and more activities throughout the Villages. 

Camping w/showers at VBC Fairgrounds $15/night w/elec. Reservations: Call 641-919-0566 or Download Camping Registration.

Download the 2021 Scenic Drive Festival brochure.
Go to Website: 2021 Scenic Drive Festival

Vendor Applications:
Bentonsport 
Downtown Keosauqua 
Bloom and Bark Glass Blowing

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

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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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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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