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September 2019

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

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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

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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. 

Location:Birmingham Lions Building
110 Cross St.
Birmingham, IA 52535
Contact Person:Harry Anderson

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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

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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

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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.

Location: Former Elementary School Building
602 8th St.
Bonaparte, IA 52620
Phone: 641-233-7917

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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!

Location:Lake Sugema Shelter
Contact Person:Heidi Bainbridge

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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

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Sep 28th » Good Greef Speakeasy Dessert Theater


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


Location:Bonaparte Opera House, 614 First St., Bonaparte, IA.
Contact Person:Rhea Huddleston

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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 or call 472-4421.

Location:Lacey Keosauqua State Park - Beach House Lodge
22895 Lacey Trail
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Brittney Tiller

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