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October 2022

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 19th » Van Buren County Candidate Forum

Rural Voters will have the opportunity to have their questions answered by the candidates for the Board of Supervisors and County Treasurer during a Candidate Forum, that will be sponsored by the Van Buren County Farm Bureau.

This event will be held live in person.

The County Candidates Forum will be held and will focus on Rural Issues facing Van Buren County with all Supervisor and Treasurer Candidates invited to attend. This event is free and open to all residents of Van Buren County. This forum will not be a debate, but an opportunity for community members to meet each candidate, which will give their positions on rural issues. Questions from the community are encouraged and will be accepted by email at vanburen.county@ifbf.org, or by written submission during the forum. Approved questions will be read to the candidates by a moderator. Questions considered one-sided or threatening will not be used.

The Van Buren County Farm Bureau understands that harvest is quickly approaching but hopes farmers will be able to take the time to learn more about the candidates for Van Buren County Supervisor and Treasurer.

Time:7:00pm
Location: Roberts Memorial Building
20497 Hwy 1 North
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Van Buren County Farm Bureau
Phone: (319) 293-3758
Email:vanburen.county@ifbf.org

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

Sunday, October 23rd

Bonaparte Trick-or-Treat On Main St. Bonaparte City Park 3pm

Saturday, October 29th

Stockport Trick-or-Treat: 5-7pm
Stockport Lions Club will be doing hotdogs and marshmallows in the city park.

Farmington Trunk-or-Treat: 5:30-8:30pm on Elm St.

Douds Trick-or-Treat6-9pm
Hotdogs 5-6pm at the Field Days ground. 14168 Walnut St.

Sunday, October 30th

Farmington Trick-or-Treat: 5-7pm

Bonaparte Trick-or-Treat: 5-7pm

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

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

Monday, October 31st

Keosauqua Trunk or Treat: 4:30-5:30pm on First St.

Birmingham Trick-or-Treat: 5-7pm

Keosauqua Trick-or-Treat: 6-8pm

Location:Villages of Van Buren, Southeast IA

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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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