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July 2024

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. Freewill Donation.
  • 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
  • Street dance with the Harvest Band courtesy of Engage Keosauqua on Front Street - 6pm-dark
  •  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 12th » Geology Hike

Join Van Buren County Naturalist Chloe at Ely Ford’s Lacey Keosauqua State Park for a guided hiking tour along the river to discover the natural beauty of the bluffs and rock formations. 

This trail is gravel and in timber so proper hiking attire, sunscreen, and bug spray is recommended. This mile-long hike will have various terrain types from moderate to difficult. You'll be looking at different rock formations and discussing different rock types. 

Registration is encouraged but not required.

Location:Lacey Keosauqua State Park Ely Ford
22895 Lacey Trail
Keosauqua, IA 52565

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Jul 13th » Sunset Cinema

No need to drive to the movie theater! Bring the family out to Bentonsport Shelterhouse.

Remember to bring your lawn chair, blankets, and snacks. This movie will be shown near the shelter house. Bug spray would be recommended. Kids 10 and under must be accompanied by a guardian.

Location:Bentonsport Shelterhouse
22098 Hawk Dr
Keosauqua, IA 52565

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

Ranch Horse Show Series - The fourth of the 2024 series. Jackpot sorting, team roping, barrel racing, dance, food concessions, and more. 
Camping is available on the grounds.
Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
29080 Hawk Dr.
Farminton, IA 52626
Contact Person:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge

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Jul 19th - Apr 20th » Christmas in July

Hot Cocoa Run will take place at retail shops both days in
Bentonsport, Bonaparte, Farmington, and Keosauqua. Outdoor flea market, rudolph Run Scavenger Hunt, and outdoor vendors.

Time:10:00am until 4:00pm
Location:21964 Hawk Drive
Bentonsport, IA 52565
Contact Person:Rhea

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Jul 19th » Pay it Forward Golf Outing

10am Shotgun start
2 person scramble (all men team, all women team, or man and women team)
$65 per person includes: golf cart, prizes, lunch and tee gift.
Flag prizes on every hole.

100% proceeds go to Pay It Forward Christmas Charity
Benefiting: children in Van Buren County providing coats, boots, clothing, and toys at Christmas. 

Hosted by Riverview County Club
for reservations call 319-293-3200

Location:Riverview Country Club
217 Riverview Dr
Keosauqua, IA 52565

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Jul 20th » Stargazing

Come to the Lake Sugema Wildlife Area to view the night sky. 

This guided program is about discovering different star patterns and constellations. If you have a telescope you are encouraged to bring your own.

Location:Lake Sugema Wildlife Area
19640 Jersey Ave
Keosauqua, IA 52565

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Jul 21st » 50th Anniversary Historic Properties Open House

The Douds Historical Preservation Association, Inc. of Douds, Iowa will observe its 50th anniversary of existence with an open house at all historical properties! 

  • Douds Depot, 14168 Walnut St.
  • Valley No. 3 Country School, 14779-Ferris St.
  • Oak Grove No. 8 Country School, 15818 Iowa Oak Grove Ave.
  • Mt. Moriah Methodist Church, 14889 120th St.

All these Historic properties have been fully restored. Tours will be given at each facility with cash prizes awarded at each facility to a lucky winner. This is a FREE event open to the public.

Time:1:00pm until 4:00pm
Contact Person:Jon Finney
Phone:(319) 293-3209

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Jul 24th - Jul 29th » 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!

Check out >> 2024 Tentative Fair Schedule

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

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Jul 25th - Jul 26th » 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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