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Ongoing Events 2023

Jan 1st - Dec 31st » Villages Of Van Buren 2023 Events

Mark Your Calendar for 2023 

  • May 26th ~ Villages Folk School Memorial Day Weekend BBQ 
  • May 28th ~ Rollin on the River
  • May 27th-28th ~ Bentonsport Flea Market & Craft Show
  • Jun 2nd-4th ~ Birmingham Homecoming
  • Jun 9th-11th ~ Farmington Strawberry Festival
  • Jun 10th ~ Fly Van Buren
  • Jun 17th ~ Douds Field Day
  • Jun 24th ~ Pearson House Heritage Day
  • Jul 1st ~ Bonaparte Independence Day Celebration
  • Jul 4th ~ Keosauqua 4th of July Celebration
  • Jul 18th-24th ~ Van Buren County Fair
  • Aug 12th ~ J40 Farm Crawl
  • Aug 19th-20th ~ Bike Van Buren XXXVII
  • Sep 1st-2nd ~ Stockport Lions BBQ Days
  • Oct 13th-15th ~ Scenic Drive Festival
  • Nov 3rd ~ Villages Folk School’s Bottomless Soup Supper
  • Nov 25th-Dec 31st ~ Christmas in the Villages
  • Dec 1st-3rd ~ Festival of Trees
Contact Person:Villages of Van Buren
Phone:319-293-7111
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com

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October 2023

Oct 6th - Oct 8th » 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!

2023 Schedule of Events

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 13th - Oct 15th » Donkey Sorting Finals

Friday: 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: 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: 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.
Farmington, IA 52626
Contact Person:Mike Wright
Phone:217-430-5527
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

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Oct 13th - Oct 15th » 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!

Request a Mailed Brochure

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 20th - Oct 22nd » Ranch Horse Show Series at River Valley Lodge

Ranch Horse Show Series - The finals of the 2023 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.

2023 Schedule of Events

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 21st - Oct 22nd » 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 27th - Oct 29th » Spooky Halloween Retreat

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

2023 Schedule of Events

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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