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October 2022

Oct 1st - Oct 2nd » 2nd Annual Southeast Iowa Depot Tour

All Aboard! 
The Southeast Iowa Depot Tour takes off on Saturday, October 1st and goes through Sunday, October 2nd. Train enthusiasts and rail fans of all ages definitely won’t want to miss this event! 

One Depot that was only opened to the public last year during this event, will be open again 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-5pm & Sun 1-5pm
Dover Museum, 213 W Main St., New London, IA

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

Douds Depot (CRI&P) Sat & Sun: 1-5pm
14168 Walnut St., Douds, IA

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

Peavine Line Museum (CB&Q) Sat & Sun: 11am-5pm
104 N Main St., Stockport, IA 
Souvenirs for sale.

Fort Madison Museum (AT&SF) Sat & Sun: 10am-4pm
 South end of 10th St., Fort Madison, IA

Fort Madison Railroad Museum (CB&Q) Sat & Sun: 10am-4pm
 South end of 10th St., Fort Madison, IA

Yarmouth (CB&Q) Sat: 9am-5pm & Sun: 1-5pm
Hillsboro (CB&Q) Sat: 9am-5pm & Sun:1-5p
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Located at Old Threshers, 405 E Thresher Rd., Mt Pleasant, IA

Donnellson (CB&Q) Sat & Sun: 10am-4pm
376-498 Mill St., Donnellson, IA

Keokuk Union Depot (CB&Q, CRI&P, WAB and TP&W) Sat & Sun: 10am-4pm
100 S Water St. Dr., Keokuk, IA

Hel-Mart Train Room (Santa Fe Island & Northern Railroad) Sat: 9am-5pm
301 State St, Farmington, IA

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

The following are not open due to structural issues or private residences. Permission is granted to walk around the building.

Hamill Depot (CB&Q)
1467 155th Ave, Mt. Hamill/Donnellson

Farmington Depot (CB&Q)
520 State St., Farmington, IA

There might be more depots added to this list as we get closer! So keep a hold of your ticket and check back for updates!

Location:Southeast Iowa
Contact Person:Ken Vandevoort
Email:countrydepottrains@gmail.com

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Oct 7th - Oct 9th » 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 9th » Special Sunday Service

A special Sunday service will be held at the historic 1895 Oak Grove Country church.

The former Free Methodist Church last held regular services in 1997. The adjacent 1872 Oak Grove School will be open for tours before and after that service. Both structures have been fully restored.

Time:10:00am
Location:Oak Grove Country Church
15818, Oak Grove Ave
Douds, IA 52551

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Oct 14th - Oct 16th » Ranch Horse Show Series at River Valley Lodge

Ranch Horse Show Series - The finals of the 2022 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 14th - Oct 16th » Scenic Drive Festival

The Scenic Drive Festival is a 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. 

Be sure to check the website for the most current updates!

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Vendor Applications:
Bloom and Bark Glass Blowing
Downtown Keosauqua
Bentonsport
Keosauqua Fair Ground
Bonaparte City Park
By Bonaparte Businesses: Call 501-889-8890
Morris Park: Call 319-759-1975

Make your lodging reservations now!

Location:Throughout Van Buren County, Iowa
Contact Person:Villages of Van Buren
Phone:319-293-7111
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com
Website:https://villagesofvanburen.com/special-events/scenic-drive-festival.html

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Oct 15th » Halloween Spooktacular

Celebrate Halloween with children's activities!
Costumes are encouraged. Fun for all ages. Dress for the weather, because it will be outside. This free event will be canceled if inclement weather.

The American Gothic House will also be open for viewing. 

 

Time:2:00pm until 4:00pm
Location:American Gothic House Center
300 American Gothic St.
Eldon, IA 52554
Phone:641-652-3352
Email:theamericangothichouse@gmail.com

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Oct 16th » Annual HOBO Stew

Join the Eldon Depot for their Annual Hobo Stew!

Serving: homemade "HOBO" vegetable beef Stew, corn muffins, dessert of choice and drink. Free-will offering.

Large model railroad layout will be in operation during the event.

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Eldon Rocket Room
117 4th St.
Eldon, IA 52554
Phone:660-349-9843
Email:btconveyors@aol.com

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Oct 21st - Oct 23rd » 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 22nd - Oct 23rd » 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 28th - Oct 30th » 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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Oct 31st » Trunk or Treat in Birmingham City Park

Free hot dogs, chips and bottled water for everyone. There will be kids' games and goodies for the kids. The firemen will have a fire truck on display and will hand out goodies to the kids. Load up your trunk with goodies and come to the park to treat the little goblins. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Sponsored by the Birmingham Homecoming and the Birmingham Volunteer Fire Department.

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Birmingham City Park
221 South Wood St.
Birmingham, IA 52535
Contact Person:Harry Anderson
Phone:319-288-0727
Email:hjbla@netins.net

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