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July 2022

Jul 2nd » Bonaparte Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate the 4th of July weekend in Bonaparte! Parade, fireworks and more. There will be activities for the entire family throughout the day. 

1pm Pulled Pork Sandwiches at Fire Station 
2pm Dog Show
3-5pm BINGO at Opera House
5:45pm Bags Tournament Sign-In at Fire Station 
6pm Bags Tournament at Fire Station 
6-8pm BINGO at Opera House
6-8pm Mercer Crazy Train
7:15-9:45pm Elijah Boyer will be playing at the Band Shelter
10pm Fireworks on the riverfront  across from the city park

Time:1:00pm until 10:30pm
Location:Downtown Bonaparte
803 1st St.
Bonaparte, IA 52620
Contact Person:Holly Richardson

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Jul 4th » Keosauqua Lions 4th of July Celebration

Have a blast with your family and friends this 4th of July!

Great fun all day for the entire family in downtown Keosauqua!

  • All-you-can-eat Pancake and Sausage Breakfast from 7-10am. Free will donation, proceeds help support July 4 activities and other Lions' projects.
  • Pedal Pull (free) signup - 2:30pm. The Pedal Pull begins at 3pm.
  • Kids' Games - 4pm (or after pedal pull)
  • Silver Mine - 5pm (or after kids' games)
  • Mercer's Crazy Train - 5-9pm
  • Popcorn and soft drinks served under the Lions' tent - 6pm
  • Street dance with the Harvest Band courtesy of the Keosauqua Chamber of Commerce on Front Street - 6pm-dark
  • Raffle drawing for cash prizes, prior to fireworks.
  •  Amazing Firework display over the Des Moines River at dark.
Time:7:00am until 10:00pm
Location:Keosauqua City Park
100 Van Buren St.
Keosauqua, IA 52565

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Jul 4th » Indian Lake Park 4th of July Parade

Good ol' 4th of July Parade at Indian Lake Park! 

The theme is Hometown America! Line up will be at 10am at the Highway 81 entrance. The parade will start at 10:30 am and go through the campground. 

Location:Indian Lake Park
28163 Willow Ave.
Farmington, IA 52626

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Jul 4th » 4th Of July Bash in Farmington, IA

Have a bash on July 4th in Farmington, IA! 

FREE family event with 4th of July Craft, Sprinkler, Carnival Games, Costume Contest (4th of July Theme), Snow Cones, Hot Dogs & Chips and more!

Stay and watch the fireworks at dusk!

Time:5:00pm until 9:00pm
Location:Wild Rose Park
204 Walnut St.
Farmington, IA 52626
Contact Person:Rachael Denly

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Jul 9th - Jul 10th » 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 July Classes

Location:Villages Folk School
809 1st St
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Mel Stockwell

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Jul 16th » Bentonsport Heritage Day

Enjoy Bentonsport as it was in the 1850s! Covered wagons will take visitors to meet 1850s characters throughout the day. 

Enjoy craft demonstrations, food vendors, musicians The Galvanators and John Lee Boyer. Presentation in the Stone House at 2 p.m. about those who lived along the Lower Des Moines River before settlers arrived by Cherie Haury-Artz from U of I Archaeology Dept.

IF Severe Storm: The event will be moved to August 6th.

Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Downtown Bentonsport Historic District
21964 Hawk Dr.
Bentonsport, IA 52565
Contact Person:Mindy Kralicek

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Jul 16th » Family Night

Potluck supper at 7pm in the shelter house. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided. Just bring your favorite Summer dish to share!

Have fun with great games: bags, ladder ball and old-fashioned lawn games before the movie Shazan at dusk! Everyone is welcome and don't forget to bring your chair or blanket

Location:Birmingham City Park
221 South Wood St.
Birmingham, IA 52535
Contact Person:Ha

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

Ranch Horse Show Series - The fourth of the 2022 series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, wine tasting, dance, food concessions, and more. Camping is available on the grounds.  

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Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
29080 Hawk Dr.
Farminton, IA 52626
Contact Person:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge

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Jul 18th - Jul 25th » Van Buren County Fair

Enjoy a week of fun at the Van Buren County Fair! Featuring: Fair Queen Contest, 4-H and FFA exhibits all week long & more!

Friday, July 22
7pm: Georgia Thunderbolts
8pm: Kentucky Headhunters

Tickets are officially on sale! You pick them up at all Libertyville Savings Bank locations, all 1st Iowa State Bank locations and Waskos in Keosauqua. $15 a ticket till July 4th then $20 after that.

Location:Van Buren County Fairgrounds
Hwy. 1 North
Keosauqua, IA 52565

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Jul 20th - Jul 22nd » Paint The Fair

Some of the best painters in the tri-state region will gather to compete for cash and prizes in the 6th annual Villages Folk School’s plein air competition “Paint The Fair”.

Wednesday is Paint The Fair Workshop with Farley Lewis on the fairgrounds, Thursday, painters disperse across the county to paint in outdoor settings. Friday, painters work on the grounds with judging and public exhibit/reception at 5pm under the grandstands. Paintings will be for sale.

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Location:Van Buren County Fairgrounds
20497 Hwy. 1 North
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Mel

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Jul 22nd » Cantril Day At The Fair

Kentucky Headhunters will be at the Van Buren County Fair! 
Sponsored by the Cantril Grass Roots & Cantril Dayz. 

Tickets: Advanced $15, at the gate $20
Advanced Tickets are on sale through July 4th, at the following locations 

Location:Van Buren County Fairgrounds
20497 Hwy 1 North
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Susan Smith

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