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May 5th - May 19th » 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 peaceful rural settings so students can return to a simpler time and witness the importance of the artisan in village-life. Pre-registration is required for classes.

  • 5th ~ Spring Foraging Wild Edibles with Pat Crawford.
  • 5th ~ Raku Pottery with Betty Printy.
  • 19th ~ Plein Air: Landscapes with John Preston.

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Location:809 First St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Mel

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May 12th - May 26th » Bentonsport Farmers Market

  • May 12th
  • May 19th
  • May 26th​

Fresh produce, homemade crafts, baked goods, plants, flowers, jams, etc. The market will be held every Saturday from 10am-1pm.


Time:10:00am until 1:00pm
Location:Bentonsport Riverside Park, 21964 Hawk Dr., Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Randy Hardin

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May 2018

May 18th - May 20th » Ranch Horse Show Series at River Valley Lodge

Ranch Horse Show Series - The second of the 2018 series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, wine tasting, dance, food concessions, and more. Camping available on grounds.  
Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge, 29080 Hawk Dr., Farmington, IA
Contact Person:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge

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May 18th - May 19th » FREE Camping Weekend at Bentonsport Campground

The Van Buren County Conservation Office invites you to visit Bentonsport this weekend and enjoy free camping! 
All camping sites are a first come basis.

Bentonsport campground will be taking reservations for Memorial weekend, 4th of July, Labor Day weekend and  October 12-14 for Scenic Drive Festival. Call to make a Reservation.

In 2019, all Van Buren County campgrounds will have an online reservation system.. For more information, you can go to

Location:Bentonsport Campground, 22098 Hawk Dr., Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Van Buren County Conservation

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May 25th - May 27th » Bonaparte City Wide yard sales

Bonaparte city-wide yard sales Fri., Sat. & Sun., throughout the town.

Location:Bonaparte, IA

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May 25th » Villages Folk School BBQ & Pie Auction

Join the Villages Folk School at their Annual Memorial Day Weekend BBQ & Pie Auction!  Enjoy BBQ Brisket plate for $10 or Pulled Pork plate for $8, along with homemade salads and cookies. There will be a Plein Air Quick Paint Contest through the Van Buren County Arts Council.  Participants must register in advance for the outdoor painting contest. Homemade pies auctioned off throughout the evening. Bring your lawn chair and join the fun under the BIG TENT in the Keosauqua City Park!

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Keosauqua City Park, 100 Van Buren St. Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Mel

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May 26th » Memorial/Alumni Breakfast

Keosauqua Lions serve an All-You-Can-Eat pancake and sausage breakfast for a free will donation.

Time:7:00am until 10:00am
Location:Keosauqua City Park, 100 Van Buren St., Keosauqua, IA

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May 26th - May 27th » Bentonsport Flea Market & Craft Show

Bentonsport Historic District will be having its annual Spring Flea Market and Craft Show during the Memorial weekend. A variety of vendors will be set up along Riverside Park. There will be music, food, crafts, antiques and a wandering musician. Shops will be open and demonstrations of rug weaving and more. New vendors welcome

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Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Bentonsport Historic District, 21968 Hawk Dr., Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Greef General Store

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May 27th » Rollin on the River

Enjoy an afternoon and evening of fun for the whole family at the Riverfront Amphitheater! 
12pm - Chickadees
2pm - Wild Wild West Band
4pm - Van & The Movers
6pm - Contingency
8pm - The Boys
All proceeds are for the Ferguson Sports Complex.

Location:Riverfront Park, Corner of Park St. and Market St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Sam

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May 27th » Pearson House Museum Memorial Weekend Open House

Open House for season tours. There is no cost but donations are appreciated. The Historic Circuit Rider Service will be up stairs in the Church Meeting Room at 12pm. Costumed tour guides of Pearson Family Home, which was a safe house on the Underground Railroad for escaping slaves, Ellis School House and Moughler Pioneer Log Cabin. 

Time:12:00pm until 4:00pm
Location:Pearson House Museum Complex, 718 Dodge St., Keosauqua, IA

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May 27th » Memorial Day Program

Enjoy an evening program of music and stories honoring all Veterans who gave their lives to protect our country.

No admission fee. Everyone welcome.

Location:Historic Presbyterian Church, 21827 Ridge Rd., Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Herb

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May 28th » Milton Lions Memorial Day Lunch

Bring your family, friends, neighbors and enjoy Memorial Day with a full Lunch and dessert. Adults: $8, Children 5-12: $4, 4 and under are Free. Sponsored by the Milton Lions Club.

Time:11:30am until 1:00pm
Location:Milton American Legion Bldg. 3201 N. Main St. Milton, Iowa

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May 28th » Douds Memorial Day Service

Douds American Legion Auxiliary Memorial day Service. Potluck dinner at 6pm. There is no cost. Everyone bring a dish you would like to share. Memorial Day Service program will begin at 7:15pm followed by the traditional walk to the Des Moines River bridge.

Time:6:00pm until 9:00pm
Location:Douds Community Center Main St. Douds, IA
Contact Person:Sandra Gire

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May 29th » Keosauqua Farmers Market

The Keosauqua Farmers Market will have various vendors and even entertainment at times. The market will be held each Tuesday from 4:00--6:00 PM

  • May 29th - Sign up for the summer reading program with Keosauqua Public Library & enjoy a storybook walk at the Keosauqua Farmers Market.
Location:Keosauqua City Park 100 Van Buren Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Amanda Payne

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May 31st - Jun 5th » River Valley Lodge Colt Starting Competition

River Valley Lodge hosts their 11th Annual Cowboy Fun Colt Starting Competition. 1st prize - $2,000 cash. Peoples Choice Award, dance, wine tasting, food, cattle sorting, and more! Colts will be offered for sale after the event.

Horsemanship Clinics with Mark and Miranda Lyons. “Ranch Horse Fundamentals” on May 31st and June 1st and “Advancing the Green Horse” on June 4th & 5th. Call 501-249-0117 for details.
Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge 29080 Hawk Dr. Farmington, IA
Contact Person:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge

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