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August 2020

Aug 1st » 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 52620

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Aug 1st » Mason House Inn Ghost Hunt & Sleepover

This 170+-Year-Old Inn is one of the most haunted inns in the country! Built-in 1846 as a place for steamboat travelers to rest, the Mason House Inn has been drawing in paranormal enthusiasts for decades. During this time it’s built up quite a haunted reputation. Regarded by many as the most haunted place in the whole state of Iowa!

According to the owners, there are at least 5 spirits that they know of that call the inn home with countless more reported. It’s had three of its owners die in the inn, 1 guest was murdered, it was used as a hospital during the Civil War, and again during 1920-1940 by a doctor who treated patients in the inn. He died here of Diptheria along with several of his patients. And you can only speculate how many people died here during the Civil War…

This inn is full of history, and who knows how many other spirits are lurking here. This is going to be an amazing night of ghost hunting, but it’s not for the faint of heart. 

Tickets are extremely limited! Book Now to Avoid Disappointment. 

Time:7:30pm
Location:The Mason House Inn
21982 Hawk Dr.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Phone:(319) 592-3133
Email:support@hauntedrooms.com
Website:https://www.hauntedrooms.com/iowa/ghost-hunts/mason-house-inn-bentonsport

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Aug 7th - Aug 9th » 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 (Oct. 9th-11th, 2020) for both full arena and sort-n-pen.

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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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Aug 8th » 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 August 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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Aug 8th » J40 Farm Crawl

RESCHEDULED TO AUGUST 14, 2021.

A unique free family fun weekend filled with Farm Tours, Local Artists, Winery, Cheese Creamery, Amish Furniture, Clay Oven Baking, Wagon Rides, Amish School Breakfast, Glass Blowing, Homemade Ice Cream, Demonstrations and much more.

Time:8:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Along County Road J40, West of Keosauqua
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Phone:641-233-8210
Email:bloomandbark@netins.net
Website:https://www.facebook.com/J40FarmCrawl/

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Aug 9th » Bentonsport Artist of the Year

The public is invited to meet Iowa plein art painter Gin Lammert and view her artwork.

Although her studio is in Pulaski, Lammert has painted many subjects and people in Bentonsport. She has won numerous awards while participating in juried fine art shows across the Heartland. 

Lammerts sells her paintings at the Greef House Gallery located at 7 Sanford Street in Bentonsport, just south of the Stone House.

Time:1:30pm until 4:00pm
Location:The Stone House
26985 Route J40
Bentonsport, IA 52565
Contact Person:Mindy Kralicek
Phone:515-991-0395
Email:Mindy.Kralicek@gmail.com

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

Ranch Horse Show Series - The fifth of the 2020 series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, wine tasting, dance, food concessions, and more. Camping available on grounds.  

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

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Aug 15th - Aug 16th » Bike Van Buren XXXIV

Enjoy a fun-filled weekend while exploring all of the historic Villages of Van Buren. This is a casual, family-oriented bicycle ride through Van Buren County, Iowa. You'll enjoy some of the finest hospitality around with SAG support and food/drink stops along the route.

The routes wind through our historic Villages nestled amongst the rolling hillsides including the "Historic Hills Scenic Byway." Total weekend mileage is approximately 100-200 miles in two days. Although the majority of the route is on sparsely traveled paved county roads there are sections that include travel on state highway. 

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ONLINE REGISTRATION 
NOW OPEN!!

Walk-up registrations are welcome!

Registration hours: 
Saturday: 7:00am-8:30am or Sunday 7:30am-8:00am
Keosauqua City Park, 100 Van Buren St.

No bike? No problem! 
Bike Rentals Available!
Bickels Cycling & Fitness 319-754-4410

Location:100 Van Buren St., Keosauqua, IA
Phone:319-293-7111
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com

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Aug 15th » 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 August 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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Aug 21st » Keosauqua Chamber 15th Annual Golf Tournament

CANCELED

4 - person best shot. Open to everyone! $35 per person, Lunch Included. Win cash prizes! Registration 8:30am, Tee off 9am.

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Time:8:30am
Location:Riverview Country Club
217 Riverview Dr.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Email:keochamber@gmail.com
Website:http://www.keosauqua.com

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