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Ongoing Events 2024

Mar 1st - Dec 31st » Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events

  • Apr 6th ~ Bonaparte Music Bonanza
  • May 24th ~ Villages Folk School Memorial Day Weekend BBQ
  • May 26th ~ Rollin’ on the River
  • May 25th & 26th ~ Bentonsport Flea Market & Craft Show
  • May 31st-Jun 2nd ~ Birmingham Homecoming
  • Jun 7th-9th ~ Farmington Strawberry Festival
  • Jun 8th ~ Fly Van Buren
  • Jun 8th ~ Pearson House Heritage Day
  • Jun 22nd ~ Douds Field Day
  • Jun 22nd ~ Bentonsport Heritage Day
  • Jun 29th ~ Bonaparte Independence Day Celebration
  • Jul 4th ~ Keosauqua 4th of July Celebration
  • Jul 24th-29th ~ Van Buren County Fair
  • Aug 10th ~ J40 Farm Crawl
  • Aug 17th & 18th ~ Bike Van Buren XXXVIII
  • Aug 30th-Sept 1st ~ Farmington’s Bluegrass Weekend Festival & Jam
  • Sep 6th & 7th ~ Stockport Lions BBQ Days
  • Oct 11th-13th ~ Scenic Drive Festival
  • Nov 1st ~ Villages Folk School’s Bottomless Soup Supper
  • Nov 30th-Dec 31st ~ Christmas in the Villages
  • Dec 6th-8th ~ Festival of Trees
Location:Throughout Van Buren County, Iowa
Contact Person:Villages of Van Buren
Phone:319-293-7111
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com

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April 2024

Apr 5th » Hinterland Dairy Open for Season

Hinterland Dairy will be opening their retail store on the farm for the season!

Stop by and get you're fresh cheese and ice cream made right on the farm at Hinterland Dairy. 
 
All visitors will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift card to use this season at Hinterland Dairy

Grab a Hinterland bundle that includes: one pound of fresh curds, quark and a wedge of aged cheddar in an insulated tote for only $26! 
 
The freezer is stocked with ALL your favorite flavors of premium ice cream and ice cream sandwiches! 
 
Store hours:
Friday 12-6pm
Saturday 10am-4pm
Sunday 12-4pm
Location:Hinterland Dairy
2149 Franklin Rd
Donnellson, IA 52625
Contact Person:Colleen Krogmeier
Phone:(319) 470-3919
Email:crkrog@gmail.com
Website:http://hinterlanddairy.com

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Apr 6th - Apr 7th » 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 April Classes

Location:Villages Folk School
809 1st St.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Mel Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:villagesfolkschool@gmail.com
Website:http://www.VillagesFolkSchool.com

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Apr 6th » Bonaparte Music Bonanza

A fun-filled family-friendly event of musical entertainment and comedy! Features many local entertainers from the Tri-Sate area. 

Doors open at 5:30pm, show at 7pm.
Tickets:
$15 at the door
5 and under Free 

A soup supper will be served at 5:30 pm in the cafeteria before the show. A variety of soups, sandwiches, and desserts will be available. Free-will donation

There will be adult beverages for purchases with an valid ID.
All proceeds from the event benefit the Bonaparte Community Improvement Association.

Time:5:30pm
Location:Former Elementary School Bldg.
602 8th St.
Bonaparte, IA 52620
Phone:319-520-5385

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Apr 12th - Apr 14th » River Valley Lodge & Horsecamp Events

If you like organized activities with a lot of fun, then come on out and join River Valley for their special events! Open to anyone who like to watch or participate.

  • April 12 ~ First Ron Wallace Barrel Racing Series
  • April 12-14 ~ First Wright's Donkey Sorting with barrel racing
  • April 12-14 ~ Trail Clinic by Lala O'hara

Download the 2024 Schedule of Events for more information

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

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Apr 12th » Cedar Valley Fortnight Friday

Join and just chillax as you say cheers to the week and howdy to the weekend. No admission charge but please, no private food or drink.

Entertainment by John Lee Boyer "The Iowa Music Guy". Catering by Sweet 'n Saucy. 

Time:4:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Cedar Valley Winery
2034 Dewberry Ave
Batavia, IA 52533
Contact Person:Gerard Muller
Phone:(641) 919-5279
Email:info@cedarvalleywine.com
Website:http://www.cedarvalleywine.com

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Apr 13th » 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 April Classes

Location:Villages Folk School
809 1st St.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Mel Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:villagesfolkschool@gmail.com
Website:http://www.VillagesFolkSchool.com

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Apr 13th » Van Buren County Conservation Bird Hike

Join Van Buren County Naturalist Chloe for a hike at Lacey Keosauqua Beach House Lodge to explore and discover various bird species found in our local habitat.

This 2-mile hike will have various terrain types from
moderate to difficult. This trail is gravel and timber so proper hiking attire and bug spray is recommended. We have a limited number of binoculars available if you don't have your own.

Registration is encouraged but not required.
Registration: MyCountyParks.com

Time:9:00am
Location:Lacey Keosauqua Beach House Lodge
22895 Lacey Trail
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Phone:319-293-3589
Email:cproffitt@vanburencounty.iowa.gov
Website:https://www.vbcountyconservation.com/

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Apr 13th » Grant Wood: Rags to Riches

Speaker Dr. Randy Lengeling is a native Iowan who grew up in Carroll. This PowerPoint presentation looks at Wood’s personal life story- his artistic development and meteoric rise to international prominence as the leader of Regionalism; his controversial professorship at the State University of Iowa; and his enduring legacy in art history having lived nearly his whole life in Iowa. His story is an inspiration for all Americans, particularly Iowans, and a shining example that world-influencing achievements can occur in this “flyover” state that we call home. Original Grant Wood works may be available for viewing.

This presentation may be more suitable for adults. There are 2 sessions: 10:00 am and 11:00 am. Space is limited to 20 guests per session. To ensure your spot, please preregister by calling the Center at 641-652-3352 or online at MyCountyParks. Walk-ins are welcome on a first come, first served basis once preregistered guests have been seated.

American Gothic House interior will be open 11 AM until 2 PM

The museum gallery will be closed to the public until 12:30 p.m.

FREE

Time:10:00am until 12:00pm
Location:American Gothic House Center
300 American Gothic Street
Eldon, IA 52554
Contact Person:Cari Nicely
Phone:641-652-3352
Email:cnicely@wapellocounty.org
Website:https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Wapello/Park/American-Gothic-House-Center/Events/24375/GRANT-WOOD-RAGS-TO-RICHES-AT-AGHC.aspx

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Apr 19th - Apr 21st » Ranch Horse Show Series at River Valley Lodge

Ranch Horse Show Series - The first of the 2024 series. Jackpot sorting, team roping, barrel racing, dance, food concessions, and more. 
Camping is available on the grounds.  
 
April 20 ~ Dr. Bill from Keosauqua will be providing Vaccinations, Coggins test, Castrations, ect. at reduced price. There will also be both farrier and an equine dentist onsite for your convenience.  
 
Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
29080 Hawk Dr.
Farminton, IA 52626
Contact Person:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleylodgeandcampground.com/

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Apr 19th » Farmington's Fire Works Pasta Night Fundraiser

Choose spaghetti or chicken alfredo served with salad, garlic bread, and cookie. 

Dine in or Carry Out!
$15 for adult and $10 for kids.

Time:4:30pm until 7:00pm
Location:Farmington American Legion
103 N Front St
Farmington, IA 52626

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Apr 20th » 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 April Classes

Location:809 1st St.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Mel Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:villagesfolkschool@gmail.com
Website:http://www.VillagesFolkSchool.com

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Apr 20th - Apr 21st » Riverfront Flowers N' More Spring Open House

Greenhouse will open on April 15th with a Spring Open House on April 20th-21st!

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-Noon. Closed Sunday.

Location:Riverfront Flowers N' More
607 South Front St
Farmington, IA 52626
Phone:319-878-4258
Email:lori@riverfrontflowersnmore.com
Website:https://www.facebook.com/RiverfrontFlowersNMore

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Apr 20th - Apr 21st » Bentonsport Spring Open House

All the shops will be OPEN Saturdays and Sundays rest of April!

Time:10:00am
Location:Bentonsport National Historic District
26964 Hawk Dr.
Bentonsport, IA 52565
Phone:319-592-3579

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Apr 20th » Breakfast for Dinner/Open House

Come on out and join the Birmingham Fire Dept. for a free-will donation breakfast dinner. Serving pancakes, sausage, biscuits & gravy, and beverages.

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Birmingham Fire Station
131 E Cedar St.
Birmingham, IA 52535
Contact Person:Tyler Mathias
Phone:641-226-2292
Email:Tymath702@gmail.com

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Apr 22nd - May 17th » AMERICAN GOTHIC HOUSE ART CONTEST

The American Gothic House Center invites all ages of the public to participate in their annual art contest as part of Eldon's Gothic Days celebration!

Click HERE to see the Rules and Contest Deadlines.

Time:10:00am until 4:00pm
Location:American Gothic House Center
300 American Gothic St.
Eldon, IA 52554
Phone:641-652-3352
Email:theamericangothichouse@gmail.com
Website:http://americangothichouse.org/

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Apr 26th - Apr 28th » Villages of Van Buren Virtual Auction

Items up for bid will begin loading on our Facebook page at 2pm on Friday, April 26. All items will be available for bidding through Sunday, April 28 closing at 6pm.

Items up for bid are donated by and will feature area businesses and services. Proceeds will help support the mission of the Villages of Van Buren, a non-profit organization.

Rules:
* Post your bid in the comments on our Facebook page. The highest bid at 6pm Sunday wins.
* The highest bidder at 6pm on April 28, will be contacted on the page about the win.
* The winning bidder will pick up the item at the Welcome Center no later than May 3rd. (Other arrangements MAY be possible for some items. Message Villages if you need to make other arrangements.)
* The winning bidder will pay at pick-up with cash or check. (If other arrangements are made, this will include payment arrangements as well.)

Time:2:00pm until 6:00pm
Location:Villages of Van Buren
809 1st St.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Phone:319-293-7111
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com
Website:https://www.facebook.com/VillagesofVB

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Apr 27th » Native Wild Edible Hike

Join Van Buren County Naturalist Chloe for a hike at Lacey Keosauqua Beach House Lodge for a hike to discover the different edible flora found in timbers of Van Buren County.

This mile hike will have various terrain types from moderate to difficult. This trail is gravel and timber so proper hiking attire and bug spray is recommended. We will be looking at different flora throughout the lake trail and discuss what types of places they are found in.

Registration is encouraged but not required.
Registration: MyCountyParks.com

Time:9:00am
Location:Lacey Keosauqua Beach House Lodge
22895 Lacey Trl
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Phone:319-293-3589
Email:cproffitt@vanburencounty.iowa.gov
Website:https://www.vbcountyconservation.com/

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