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May 2019

May 3rd - May 5th » Saddle Up for St. Jude

Enjoy a great weekend of horsing around for a great cause! There will be trail rides, an auction, dance, poker run, food, and more. Please bring an item for the silent auction.

May 4th - Kentucky Derby Party - Ladies be sure to wear your best "Derby Hat".

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Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge, 29080 Hawk Dr., Farmington, IA
Contact Person:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

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May 3rd » Sunrise Bakery Opens for the Season!

Sunrise Bakery is ready to OPEN for the season!  Hours: 9am to 6pm, Tuesday through Saturday. 

Time:9:00am until 6:00pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery, 21913 White Ave., Bonaparte, IA
Phone:319-677-0865

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May 4th » 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.

Pre-registration is required for classes.
Register for May Classes

Location:809 1st St. Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Mel Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.VillagesFolkSchool.com

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May 4th » Spring Open House

Lots of great deals, specials and giveaways at local chamber businesses!

Location:Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Mandi Maras
Phone:319-293-6468
Email:mandi@1stiowa.com
Website:http://www.keosauqua.com

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May 4th » Wasko Hardware's Customer Appreciation Day

Stop by Wasko Hardware for in-store specials, prizes, food, grill demonstrations and more. Join them as they celebrate their annual Customer Appreciation Day.

Time:8:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Wasko Hardware, 810 1st St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Susan
Phone:319-293-6468
Email:susan@waskohardware.com
Website:http://waskohardware.com

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May 4th » Cantril Cinco de Mayo

What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with a Taco Bar filled with all the fixings! 5-7pm or until it's gone. Free-will offering.

Sponsored by Cantril Dayz Committee, all proceeds to benefit Cantril Dayz Activities.

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Cantril Fire Station 104 W. 3rd St. Cantril, IA
Contact Person:Susan Smith
Phone:641-777-1184
Email:suesmith@netins.net

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May 11th » 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.

Pre-registration is required for classes.
Register for May Classes

Location:809 1st St. Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Mel Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.VillagesFolkSchool.com

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May 11th » Des Moines River Water Trail Event

"WILD EDIBLES HIKE"

Forage in the forest along the trails at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park! Naturalist, Kathy Dice will lead a leisurely hike as she points out several wild edibles, how to identify them, prepare them and explain a few with medicinal values. There is no cost and pre-registration is not required. 

This is an official Des Moines River Water Trails event cosponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Jefferson County Conservation. The Des Moines River Water Trail is one of 19 official water trails in Iowa.

Time:10:00am
Location:Beach House at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park, 22895 Lacey Trail, Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Brittney Tiller
Phone:641-472-4421
Email:JCCBNaturalist@gmail.com

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May 12th » Treats for Mom

Bring your mother to the Bentonsport Artisans Co-op for a special present on Mother's Day. Refreshments and Free Gift to 1st 15 Mothers visiting the shop.

Time:10:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Bentonsport Artisans Co-Op, 21986 Hawk Dr., Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Pam
Phone:319-293-3749
Email:pmcs@netins.net
Website:http://bentonsportartisans.com

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May 17th - May 19th » Ranch Horse Show Series at River Valley Lodge

Ranch Horse Show Series - The second of the 2019 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
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleylodgeandcampground.com/

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May 18th » 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.

Pre-registration is required for classes.
Register for May Classes

Location:809 1st St. Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Mel Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.VillagesFolkSchool.com

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May 24th - May 26th » Bonaparte Spring Festival Sales Event & City Wide Yard Sales

You won't want to miss all the bargains happening in Bonaparte!

All the shops will be open and are in walking distance from all the activities. There will be a large selection of vendors with a variety of products. Bonaparte city-wide yard sales Fri., Sat. & Sun., throughout the town.

Location:Bonaparte, IA
Phone:641-451-5294
Email:dustang966@yahoo.com

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May 24th - May 26th » Donkey Sorting Series

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.

There will be year-end awards for top 3 teams presented at the final sort for both full arena and sort-n-pen.

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Location:River Valley Lodge and Horsecamp, 29080 Hawk Dr., Farmington, IA
Contact Person:Mike Wright
Phone:217-430-5527
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

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May 24th » Villages Folk School BBQ & Auction

Join the Villages Folk School at their Annual Memorial Day Weekend BBQ & 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
Location:Keosauqua City Park, 100 Van Buren St. Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Mel
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:villagesfolkschool@gmail.com
Website:http://VillagesFolkSchool.com

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May 25th - May 26th » Bentonsport Flea Market & Craft Show

Bentonsport Historic District will be having its annual Spring Flea Market and Craft Show during the Memorial weekend.

All the shops will be open and a variety of vendors will be set up along Riverside Park. There will be strolling musicians (John Lee Boyer and Paul Imholte), food, crafts, antiques, blacksmithing and other demonstrations all weekend.

Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:21968 Hawk Dr., Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Cheryl Duke
Phone:319-293-3589
Email:cheryl@netins.net
Website:http://greefstore.com

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May 26th - Jul 4th » Van Buren County Bible Reading Marathon

Local Churches and Van Buren County residents will be joining the 98 other Iowa counties in reading the Bible out loud throughout the month of June. 

Everyone is welcome to join, just choose a book "Genesis to Revelation" read out loud, alone or with others.

For more information visit Van Buren County Iowa Bible Reading Facebook page or your local church.

Location:County Wide
Contact Person:Emily Wide
Phone:293-6352
Website:https://www.facebook.com/VBBible/

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May 26th » Memorial/Alumni Breakfast

The Keosauqua Lions will be serving 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
Phone:641-799-7953
Email:duster1979@hotmail.com

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May 26th » Memorial Day Musial Program

"Some gave all, all gave some"

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

No admission fee. Everyone welcome.

Time:6:30pm
Location:Historic Presbyterian Church, 21827 Ridge Rd., Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Herb Shafer
Phone:319-592-3191

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May 27th » 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:11:00am until 1:00pm
Location:Milton American Legion Bldg., 324 N. Main St., Milton, IA
Contact Person:Tammy Closser
Phone:641-656-4615

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May 27th » 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, 14159 Hwy. 98, Douds, IA
Contact Person:Sandra Gire
Phone:641-208-7043
Email:gire@iowatelecom.net

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May 31st - Jun 2nd » "Cowboy Fun" Colt Starting Competition

12 trainers will train 4-year-old mares in 4 one hour judged sessions. Watching the progress is amazing, entertaining & educational. Finals on Sunday following Cowboy Church. 1st prize - $2,000 cash. 

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a great weekend with vendors, food, dance on Sat., barrel racing, sorting & roping throughout the weekend.

$5 wristband for Campers & $10 for non-campers. 

Horsemanship Clinics with Mark and Miranda Lyons. “Ranch Horse Fundamentals” on May 30th & 31st,  “Advancing the Green Horse” on June 3rd & 4th. Call 501-249-0117 for details.

Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge 29080 Hawk Dr. Farmington, IA
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://rivervalleylodgeandcampground.com

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May 31st - Jun 2nd » Birmingham Homecoming

This 3-day event features Home-cooked Meals, Car Show, Tractor Pull, Baking Contest, Parade, Tractor Show, Kids Activities, Pedal Pull, Air Evac, Family Fun and much more. 

Location:Birmingham City Park, 221 S wood St., Birmingham, IA
Contact Person:Harry
Phone:319-498-4201
Email:hjbla@netins.net

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