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Ongoing Events 2019

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. 

Friday, May 31 

5pm.....Tenderloin Supper.    

6pm.....Free BINGO.                                                               

Saturday, June 1

7am.....Birmingham Lions Biscuit & Gravy Breakfast.

8-11am...Car Show Sign-in. Free registration

8am-2pm.....CAR SHOW.

8:30am...PRINCE AND PRINCESS CONTEST. In City Park Gazebo. 

9-11am.....Tractor Show Sign-in. Free registration

9-11am....Kids 12 & Under Sign-up for Free Bicycles - Drawing at 3pm.

10am.....Parade line up at City Hall.

10:30am-12:30pm.....Baking Contest Sign-in. Free registration at Log Cabin.

11am...PARADE

12 noon.....Methodist Church Lunch- Brats, pulled-pork, sandwiches, hot dogs, potato, desserts & drinks.

12-4pm.....Free Kids Activities. Barrel Train, Face Painting, Bounce House, Prtting Zoo, & Games All Activities Free.

12:30pm.....Judging Baking Contest.

1pm.....Tractor Show. All tractors welcome.

1pm.....Ferguson Enthusiasts Regional Gathering

1pm.....Firemen's free water sports for kids.

1:15pm.....Baked Goods Auction at Log Cabin.

2pm......Car Show Trophies Awarded.

3pm.....Drawing for Kids Bicycles

3pm.....Kids' Pedal Pull Sign-in.

3:30pm.....Kids' Pedal Pull.

4pm......AirEvac Helicopter (schedule permitting)

5-7pm.....Firemen's Hot Roast Beef Supper with Mashed Potatoes, Applesauce, Bread/Butter & Drink.

5:30pm.....Ice Cream and Pie Social.

5-6pm.....Music by The Tarnished Brass Band.                  

Sunday, June 2

7-9am.....Breakfast Buffet by Birmingham Lions.

10am.....Church Services in shelterhouse hosted by Birmingham Presbyterian Church.

10am.....Weigh-in for Tractor Pull.

11am...TRACTOR PULL

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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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June 2019

Jun 1st » 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 June 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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Jun 1st - Jun 30th » 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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Jun 1st » Douds Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast

Douds American Legion Auxiliary will be serving Biscuit and Gravy for a free will offering. 

Proceeds go to benefit Veterans in need.  
Time:7:00am until 10:00am
Location:Douds Community Center, Main St. Douds, IA
Contact Person:Sandra Gire
Phone:641-208-743
Email:gire@iowatelecom.net

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Jun 1st » Douds City Wide Garage Sales

  • 8am-6pm ~ City-Wide Yard Sales in Douds, IA 
  • 8am-? ~ Douds American Legion Auxiliary will also host a big Garage Sale featuring everything except clothing. Free will offering for all items. Proceeds benefit Veterans in need. 14080 Hwy. 98 (behind the house, directly across the highway from Douds Kwik Shop). 
Time:8:00am until 6:00pm
Location:Douds, IA
Contact Person:Sandra Gire
Phone:641-208-7043
Email:gire@iowatelecom.net

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Jun 1st » 5th Annual Sharon Norton Memorial Gospel Sing

Enjoy a day of great music, fun, and fellowship at no charge, no donation. Dinner served (on-site) at 5:30pm with meat and drinks provided, along with homemade ice cream. Bring a covered dish to share. 

The Loynachans, Local Talent, The Formans, New Shoes, Jimmy Smith, Ambassadors of Grace, The Kelly Sisters and Grand Reunion will be performing from 1-5:30pm.

Time:1:00pm until 6:00pm
Location:Grace Community Center (Milton Methodist Church), 107 Main St., Milton, IA
Contact Person:Wayne Norton
Phone:641-680-6555
Email:nortonpw@live.com

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Jun 4th » Keosauqua Farmers Market

The market will be held each Tuesday from 4-6pm through October 8, 2019. Cooking demonstration featuring 60-second salad maker at 4:30pm. Ten people that attend will receive their own salad maker! Receive a coupon to Great Day Café with a purchase from a vendor! The Greasy Spoon will also be set up selling food.

Time:4:00pm until 6:00pm
Location:Riverfront Park, Corner of Park St. and Market St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Amanda Payne
Phone:319-293-8710
Email:amanda.payne@vbch.org

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Jun 6th » Veteran's Coffee

Everyone welcome, need not be a Veteran to attend. Free coffee & refreshments provided by Veterans Affairs.

Time:9:00am
Location:Great Day Cafe, 21937 Walnut St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Kathy Saltzgaver
Phone:319-293-3793

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Jun 7th - Jun 9th » Farmington Strawberry Festival

Have fun all weekend with Carnival Rides, Kids Games, Dog Show, Pioneer Museum Open House, Live Entertainment, Flea market, New Vendors, Crafters and more.

Color Run on Saturday at Indian Lake Park and Kenny Hamburg Car Show on Sunday.

FREE Strawberries and Ice Cream 2:00-4:00pm on Saturday & Sunday in downtown Farmington.

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Location:S Front St., Farmington, Iowa
Phone:319-878-3711
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/strawberry-festival.html

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Jun 7th - Jun 9th » Pony Express Riders of Iowa

Trail rides, dance, kids fun show, mutton bustin' poker run, food and more. Proceeds will benefit Camp Sunnyside. Special rates for primitive campsites.

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

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Jun 8th - Jun 9th » Pioneer Museum Special Open House

The Pioneer Museum will hold a special Open House during the Strawberry Festival. Stop by and learn "The History of the Strawberry Festival in Farmington, Iowa."  Free-will donation.

Time:10:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Pioneer Historical Museum, 205 S. 4th St., Farmington, IA 52626
Contact Person:Shirley Rider
Phone:319-878-3785

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Jun 11th » Keosauqua Farmers Market

The Keosauqua Farmers Market will have various vendors and even entertainment at times. The market will be held each Tuesday from 4-6pm through October 8, 2019. Watch for further details.

Time:4:00pm until 6:00pm
Location:Riverfront Park, Corner of Park St. and Market St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Amanda Payne
Phone:319-293-8701
Email:amanda.payne@vbch.org

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

Ranch Horse Show Series - The Third of the 2019 series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, wine tasting, dance, food concessions, and more. Camping available on grounds.  

For more information Download the 2019 Ranch Horse Show Series Schedule.

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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Jun 15th - Jun 16th » 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 June 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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Jun 15th » Fly Van Buren

This year's Fly-in Breakfast will have a special open house of the NEW Keosauqua Municipal Airport Hangar!

Come check it out and enjoy All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes & Sausage served by the Keosauqua Lions. Pilots flying in, eat free!

Ottumwa R/C Flyers will be performing amazing aerobatics with their remote-controlled aircraft, IHCC will be present with career opportunities in Aviation and Air Evac will be on display.

Two airplane rides will be given away (to be scheduled at a later date) as door prizes.

There will be prizes and kids games plus all kids ages 12 and under will receive a coupon for a FREE Ice Cream Cone at Misty's Malt Shop in Keosauqua!

There is no admission fee for the Fly-in. The public is welcome to attend. Bring your lawn chair and join the fun!

Time:7:00am until 10:00am
Location:Keosauqua Municipal Airport 6K9, Keosauqua, IA
Phone:800-868-7822
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com

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Jun 15th » Breakfast on Main Street

Full hot breakfast for a free-will donation.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte Opera House, 614 First St., Bonaparte, IA

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Jun 15th » Van Buren County Museum Crawl

Join the Van Buren County Museum Crawl for a walk through our past with guided tours & demonstrations of pioneer life. 

NEW this year, the Pearson House Museum Complex in Keosauqua will have a display of vintage aprons which includes over 1,000 aprons of all shapes and sizes. Many will bring back memories of the aprons "just like grandma wore". Tour guides will be dressed in period clothing, you can tour the Pearson Family home, which was a safe house on the Underground Railroad. Cool drinks of switchel, mint tea & lemonade will be offered.

Morris Park in Stockport will have a unique huckster wagon on display, mystery tool identification quiz...can you tell us what some of our tools were used for? See a rare bustle bench, clothing display and several free kids activities throughout the day.

Visit all of the featured Museums in the Villages that will be open with FREE admission!

Time:10:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Van Buren County, Southeast IA
Phone:641-431-0581

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Jun 16th » Beginning Flintknapping of Arrowheads

Every wondered how Indians made arrowheads, using a technique call Flintknapping? Here is your chance to see how it is done!

Demonstration will be at 1pm & 3pm.

Time:1:00pm
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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Jun 18th » Keosauqua Farmers Market

The Keosauqua Farmers Market will have various vendors and even entertainment at times. The market will be held each Tuesday from 4-6pm through October 8, 2019. Watch for further details.

Time:4:00pm until 6:00pm
Location:Riverfront Park, Corner of Park St. and Market St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Amanda Payne
Phone:319-293-8701
Email:amanda.payne@vbch.org

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Jun 19th - Jun 22nd » Dutchman's Store Customer Appreciation Days!

Stop by for free food and special deals. 

FREE soft serve Ice Cream Cones all week!

Check out our special deals on our Facebook page! 
https://www.facebook.com/DutchmansStore/

Hours: Mon-Fri 8a-6p, Sat. 8a-5p, Closed Sunday. 

Location:Dutchman's Store, 103 Division St., Cantril, IA
Phone:319-397-2322
Website:http://dutchmansstore.com

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Jun 19th » "Rock Hounds Day Camp"

Turn your child into a Geologist for the day! Rock Hounds will focus on rocks, fossils and end with a creek hike! Thanks to the Iowa DNR Water Trails for their partnership on this program which waives the program registration fee. 3rd-6th grade Van Buren County youth will get first preference for this camp. After May 15th if not filled, it will open up to youth entering 3rd-6th grade in all counties. Camp will be limited to twelve participants.

This is an official Des Moines River Water Trails event cosponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Jefferson County Conservation. There is no cost for the camp, however, Pre-registration is required. 

Time:10:00am until 2:00pm
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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Jun 21st - Jun 23rd » Douds Field Day

Enjoy a great weekend with the family! 

Friday, June 21st
Douds-Leando High School Alumni Banquet, 5pm & Social, 6:30pm. Dinner at Van Buren Elementary Center
Recognition Classes: 1939, 1944,1949,1954,1959 & 1964
Call Verna Canaday for reservations, 641-693-9151

Saturday, June 22nd
7-10am ~ Pancake & Sausage Breakfast- Douds Community Center
8am ~ Douds Dash- 2 Mile Run/Walk
                  Contact Paige: 641-919-6632 by June 16th
10am ~ Parade
10:45am ~ Flag Raising Ceremony
11am ~ Kids' Games & More!
11:30am ~ Cook Shack & Grill opens for the day
1-3pm ~ Bounce House                                                       
                *sponsored by Van Buren County Farm Bureau
1pm ~ Cake Walk
1pm ~ Don Garrett Memorial Farm Horse Show
                 demonstration across the street from Yates park
                 Contact Tony: 641-799-9228
1pm ~ Tractor Pulling Contest
                 $10 entry per hook, trophies
                 Contact Alex: 319-310-4289
2pm ~ Sanctioned Hawkeye Pedal Pull
                 registration @ 1:30
3pm ~ Bingo
3pm ~ Motorcycle Show
                  $10 entry, trophies for 5 classes
                  Contact Tara: 641-919-4029
5:30 pm ~ Dinner by Chef Doug Dick
7pm ~ Auction of Home-Baked Goods and Raffle Drawing
7:30pm ~ Live Music by John Boyer and Guest

Sunday, June 23rd
10am ~ Community Worship Service
             Mt. Moriah Church, Northwest of Douds
            

Location:Yates Memorial Park, 14220 Walnut St., Douds, IA
Phone:641-799-7953
Website:https://www.facebook.com/events/643981439374976/

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Jun 21st - Jun 23rd » Let's Paint the Trails

A women's all-inclusive trail riding, camping, instructional painting, and enrichment weekend! $85 plus camping fee. Meals provided.
For details call 641-919-4021.

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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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Jun 21st - Jun 23rd » 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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Jun 22nd - Jun 23rd » "Mystery at Buzzard Bend" Dinner Theater

Enjoy a Spaghetti dinner with dessert and a western mystery about a handsome scoundrel that comes up missing!

The Sheriff, Bea Lawful Awful has to figure out, with the help of the audience, what, when and who did it.

$18 per person or call 641-233-7793 for group rate: $15 per person.

June 22nd: Doors Open 6:15pm
June 23rd: Doors Open 1:30pm

>>Get Your Tickets Now<<

Location:Bonaparte Opera House, 614 First St., Bonaparte, IA
Contact Person:Rhea Huddleston
Phone:641-233-7793
Email:rhuddleston58.54@gmail.com

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Jun 22nd » Bloom and Bark Glass Blowing & Local Artisan Market Grand Opening

Join Bloom and Bark for the grand opening of the Glass Blowing & Local Artisan Market! They will be offering Discounts, Drawing for a Giveaway, Refreshments and Drop-in Glassblowing Ornament Making. 

No appointment/reservation taken, drop in only, first come first served, $25 for ornament making. Not able to accommodate folks if they show up in synthetic clothing, short shorts and flip flops. 

**Clothing and Age Requirements for Glass Blowing**

Time:10:00am until 4:00pm
Location:18517 Rte. J40, Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:319-293-6168
Phone:Kim & Tim Blair
Email:bloomandbark@netins.net
Website:http://bloomandbark.com

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Jun 22nd » Cedar Valley Winery 10th Anniversary Party

Join Cedar Valley Winery as they celebrate 10 years of winemaking and valued customers.

Entertainment by Sez Who, Sweet & Saucy BBQ, award-winning wines, giveaways and dancing. Bring your lawn chairs and blanket for a fun evening! 

There is no admission fee as they want to thank all of their great customers for their support!

Time:5:00pm until 9:00pm
Location:Cedar Valley Winery, 2034 Dewberry Ave., Batavia, IA
Contact Person:Penny Morgan
Phone:641-662-2800
Email:penny.morgan@cedarvalleywine.com
Website:http://www.cedarvalleywine.com

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Jun 23rd » Milton Christian Church Community Cookout

Join the Milton Christian Church for a community cookout at the Milton Park. Free hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks & live music by the Sonshine band. 

Time:6:00pm
Location:Milton's City Park, Corner of Main St. & E Delaware Ave., Milton, IA
Phone:319-397-2396

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Jun 25th » Keosauqua Farmers Market

The Keosauqua Farmers Market will have various vendors and even entertainment at times. The market will be held each Tuesday from 4-6pm through October 8, 2019. Watch for further details.

Time:4:00pm until 6:00pm
Location:Riverfront Park, Corner of Park St. and Market St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Amanda Payne
Phone:319-293-8701
Email:amanda.payne@vbch.org

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Jun 29th » Bonaparte's Independence Day Celebration

Enjoy a great time with kids games, bounce house, BBQ cook-off, fireworks & more.

Location:Downtown Bonaparte, 803 1st St., Bonaparte, IA
Contact Person:Holly Richardson
Phone:319-592-3400
Email:clerk@cityofbonaparte.com

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Jun 29th » Independence Day Celebration BBQ

Enjoy a great BBQ! Serving: brats, burgers, homemade potato, pasta salad, cole slaw, baked beans and homemade desserts. $8 per person. Immediately following the parade. 

Sponsored by the Friends of Bonaparte Library.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Bonaparte Opera House 614 First St. Bonaparte, IA 52620
Contact Person:Bonaparte Library
Phone:319-592-3677
Email:kathysaltzgaver@gmail.com

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