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September 2019

Sep 13th - Sep 15th » End of Summer Motorcycle Rally

Bike Rodeo, Live Music, Burnout Pit, Poker Run and more, all weekend long. Advance tickets are $30.00 per person & $35.00 at the gate. Advance tickets available at usual places. 

Download the flyer for more information.

Sponsored by the State Line Rally Association.

Location:Van Buren County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 1 North, Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Dave Lyon
Phone:319-498-4460
Website:http://statelinerally.net/

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Sep 13th - Sep 15th » 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.

Download the 2019 Schedule of Events

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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Sep 13th - Sep 15th » Milton Fall Festival

Enjoy a great time at the Milton Fall Festival!

Friday

  • 6-6:45pm- Mud Bog Registration.
    Must be at least 16 years old to participate. Under 18 must have a parent sign a consent form.
  • 7pm- Mud Bog Begins- Free will donation to watch. Fox Valley Smokers will be serving.
  • Following Mud Bog: kid’s Mud Bog


Saturday

  • 8am- vendors can start setting up
  • 9am -10pm Slow Pitch Softball Co-Ed Tournament
  • 9:30-10:30- Parade registration starts- Theme- Celebrating 100 years of American Legion Hero’s
  • 11am- Parade begins- Grand Marshall- Richard (Shorty) and Mary Ellen Small
  • Following the Parade: Kid’s games, bouncy houses, face painting, cake walk, Jr High Band will be playing on the bandstand
  • 12:30-1pm- Corn Hole registration; Tournament begins at 1pm
  • 2-4- Bingo under the tent
  • 2:30pm- Kiddie Pull registration
  • 3pm- Kiddie Pull
  • 3:45-4pm- Horseshoe tournament 
  • 4pm- Horseshoe tournament
  • 4-5pm- Son Shine Band in front of the bandstand
  • 5pm- Fireman’s Supper
  • 6pm- Raffle drawing begins
  • 7pm-9pm- Street Dance in front of the depot with 6 Strings Down

Sunday
Ball Tournament continues till 10pm or done

  • 10:30 am- Church Services in the park with a carry-in dinner
Location:Milton's City Park
Corner of Main St. & E Delaware Ave.
Milton, IA 52570
Phone:641-242-0431
Email:miltonfallfestival@gmail.com

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Sep 13th » Tailgate Party!

Mossy Oak Properties Boley Real Estate will be serving a FREE  lunch as they cheer on their favorite football teams: Hawk, Clones, & Warriors. Cheer for your favorite team with them! 

Time:11:00am until 1:00pm
Location:707 1st St.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Heidi Bainbridge
Phone:319-293-2575
Email:hbainbridge@mossuoakproperties.com

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Sep 13th » Des Moines River Water Trail Event

"MONARCH MIGRATION"
 
Join us for a fun evening of catching, tagging and releasing monarch butterflies as they begin their annual migration.
 
Monarch butterflies cannot survive our cold Iowa winters, instead, they travel up to 3000 miles south to forests high in the mountains of Mexico. Monarchs will stop to nectar along the way which is to our advantage. Not only do they help to pollinate our plants, but it also gives us the opportunity to see them. We will be assisting with monarch research by catching the butterflies, placing a small tag on their wing, recording their information and releasing them to continue on their long journey. These tags help researchers to learn about the migration of the monarch. The exact location of this event will be determined as the event approaches based on nectarine plants in bloom.
 
This is an official Des Moines River Water Trails event co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Jefferson County Conservation.
 
Pre-registration is not required. For more information please contact Brittney Tiller at
Naturalist@JeffersonCountyConservation.com or call 641-472-4421. Nets and tags will be provided but please wear long pants and tennis shoes.
Time:5:00pm
Location:Lake Sugema, North Boat Ramp
Contact Person:Brittany Tiller
Phone:641-472-4421
Email:Naturalist@JeffersonCountyConservation.com

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Sep 14th » 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 September 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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Sep 14th » Bentonsport Used Treasure Sales

Come and find your treasures through Bentonsport!

Time:9:00am until 4:00pm
Location:21964 Hawk Dr.
Bentonsport, IA 52565
Contact Person:Pam Svenby
Phone:6419193749
Email:pmcs@netins.net

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Sep 14th » Douds Truck & Tractor Pull

Come and hear the roar of engines as they compete to see who can pull the sled the farthest.

For more information on rules & registration >>> click here.

Time:1:00pm
Location:Douds Field Day Grounds, Douds, IA
Contact Person:Alex Richards
Phone:319-310-4289

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Sep 14th » Picnic in the Park

The Birmingham Homecoming will be serving a Box Chicken Supper from 5-7pm at the City Park Shelter. Box chicken, baked beans, french fries, various desserts, and beverage for $9. A smaller meal consisting of chicken strips, baked beans, french fries, various desserts, and beverage for $6. 

Proceeds will be used to help finance various activities for Birmingham Homecoming on June 7-9, 2019.

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Birmingham City Park
221 South Wood St.
Birmingham, IA 52535
Contact Person:Harry Anderson
Phone:319-288-0727
Email:hjbla@netins.net

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Sep 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 September 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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Sep 17th » 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 52565
Contact Person:Amanda Payne
Phone:319-293-8701
Email:amanda.payne@vbch.org

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Sep 21st » 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 September 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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Sep 21st » End of Summer Fundraiser

Join the Indian Lake Park "End of Summer Fundraiser" for a great time! Games & activities starting at 3pm, BBQ and concert at 5pm. Free-will donation. 

Time:3:00pm until 10:00pm
Location:Indian Lake Park, 28163 Willow Ave., Farmington, IA
Contact Person:Alicia Rider
Phone:319-878-3706
Email:themanagers@indianlakepark.com
Website:http://farmingtoniowa.com

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Sep 21st » Birmingham Lions Tenderloin Supper

Come to the Birmingham Lions Building for some tenderloin sandwiches, baked beans, cole slaw, desserts, ice cream, tea, coffee, lemonade and water. $8 for full meal, $5 for sandwich and drink. 

Time:5:00pm
Location:Birmingham Lions Building
110 Cross St.
Birmingham, IA 52535
Contact Person:Harry Anderson
Phone:319-288-0727
Email:hjbla@netins.net

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Sep 24th » 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 52565
Contact Person:Amanda Payne
Phone:319-293-8701
Email:amanda.payne@vbch.org

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Sep 27th - Sep 29th » Ranch Horse Show Series at River Valley Lodge

Ranch Horse Show Series - The sixth 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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Sep 27th » Roaring Twenties Bonaparte Prom

Adults only - must be 21 (IDs will be checked at the door).

Dress in period apparel and have a great time! There will be music, dancing, food and games from the era. 

Alcoholic beverages may be purchased separately. 

Advance tickets available starting Sept. 1 - Sept. 23

Call: 641-233-7917

$15/person or $25/couple.

At the door $20/person or $30/couple.

Time:7:00pm
Location: Former Elementary School Building
602 8th St.
Bonaparte, IA 52620
Phone: 641-233-7917
Website:https://www.facebook.com/events/2846269898781242/

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Sep 28th » Day of Conservation

An informational event as well as a field day to replace trees destroyed by the emerald ash borer. The presentation will begin at 11am, free lunch following presentation. Tree planting at 1pm. Come join the Van Buren County Conservation, Iowa DNR & Pheasants Forever for this great event!

Time:11:00am
Location:Lake Sugema Shelter
Contact Person:Heidi Bainbridge
Phone:3192932575
Email:hbainbridge@mossuoakproperties.com

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Sep 28th » Cedar Valley Winery Annual Grape Stomp Festival

Fun activities for you, your friends, & family all day! 

Grape stompings at 2pm, 3pm, & 4pm. Stompers will have 2 minutes in their grape stompin’ barrel to stomp & squish away. PRIZES for the stomper who squeeze the most juice from the grapes!

You’ll be able to customize your Cedar Valley Winery souvenir t-shirt with your ‘grapey’ footprints on the back. Your feet aren’t the only ones in for a treat… Cedar Valley wines, wine slushies, beer, pop, & water will also be available for purchase. 

Admission for both the Grape Stomp activities and t-shirt is $25 or $20 for wine club members. Pre-register for your t-shirt by Friday, September 21st.

Click Here to register.

Time:1:00pm until 5:00pm
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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Sep 28th » Good Greef Speakeasy Dessert Theater

CANCELED 

Enjoy a 1920’s-30’s music and skits dessert theater at the Bonaparte Opera House. Audience can come dressed as flappers, upper crust, or a gangster. $15 per person and seating is limited. 

Doors open at 6:30pm, Show at 7pm. 
>>Get Your Tickets Now<< or call 641-233-7793

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Time:7:00pm
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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Sep 29th » Land of the Bison

Bison are a keystone species in North American prairies. Join researcher Pete Eyheralde as he shares the natural history of bison in the eastern tallgrass prairie and looks at new findings from research in Iowa.

Through grazing, wallowing, nutrient cycling, and seed dispersal, bison altered their historic range in ways that are not found in most prairie constructions. Pete has been involved in bison ranching in southern Iowa for the last 20 years and is an Assistant Professor of Biology at William Penn University.

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

Pre-registration is not required. For more information please contact Brittney Tiller at Naturalist@JeffersonCountyConservation.com or call 472-4421.

Time:2:00pm
Location:Lacey Keosauqua State Park - Beach House Lodge
22895 Lacey Trail
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Brittney Tiller
Phone:641-472-4421
Email:Naturalist@JeffersonCountyConservation.com

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