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Ongoing Events 2023

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

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  • 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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June 2023

Jun 1st - Jun 6th » River Valley Lodge Colt Starting Competition

River Valley Lodge hosts their 15th 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.

Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
29080 Hawk Dr.
Farminton, IA 52626
Contact Person:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

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Jun 2nd - Jun 4th » 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 52535
Contact Person:Harry Anderson
Phone:3192880727
Email:hjbla@netins.net

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Jun 3rd » 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 52565
Contact Person:Mel Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:http://www.VillagesFolkSchool.com

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Jun 7th - Jun 9th » Donkey Sorting Series with Barrel Racing

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.

2023 Schedule of Events

Location:River Valley Lodge and Horsecamp, , Farmington, IA
29080 Hawk Dr.
Farmington, IA 52626
Contact Person:Mike Wright
Phone:217-430-5527
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

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Jun 9th - Jun 11th » Farmington Strawberry Festival

Have fun all weekend with 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.

Location:S Front St.
Farmington, IA 52626
Phone:319-878-3711
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/strawberry-festival.html

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Jun 10th » Fly Van Buren

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

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

There will be kids' activities, 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 16th - Jun 18th » Ranch Horse Show Series at River Valley Lodge

Ranch Horse Show Series - The Third of the 2023 series. 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.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

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Jun 17th - Jun 18th » Douds Field Day

Enjoy a great weekend with the family! 

Parade, kids' games, pedal pull, farm horse obstacle tractor pulling contest & more!

Location:Yates Memorial Park
14220 Walnut St.
Douds, IA 52551
Phone:641-799-7953

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Jun 17th » 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.
Register for June 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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Jun 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 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.
Register for June 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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Jun 23rd - Jun 25th » Wright's Donkey Sorting Series with Barrel Racing

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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