Scenic Drive Festival- Oct. 11-13, 2019

Scenic Drive Festival- Oct. 11-13, 2019

When the leaves begin to change colors and crisp autumn scents fill the air, it means one thing... It’s time for our Scenic Drive Festival and it's going to be a weekend to remember! 

Download the 2019 Scenic Drive Festival brochure.

As this festival brings thousands of visitors to our area, our limited lodging facilities fill up quickly. Make your lodging reservations now!




Nauvoo on the Road 10am-4pm. Pioneer demonstrations. 


Riverfest 10am-5pm. Antiques, flea market & craft show, mums, food vendors, music, Amish baked goods and leather, pottery, rug weaving, blacksmithing, artist demonstrations and all the shops will be open. 

Indian Artifact Museum 10am-5pm. Impressive display of artifacts. No admission fee. 21929 Des Moines St.

44th Annual Fine Art & Fine Craft Festival Riverside Park, Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-4pm. Fine artisans demonstrating and selling their creations along the Rose Garden.  

If you would like to be a vendor in Bentonsport 



Trash & Treasure Sale Sat. 8am-5pm and Sun. 9am-4pm. 
Wide selection of garage sale & flea market items, antiques and collectibles for sale. Lunch will be provided 11am-1pm, both days by the Birmingham Lions Club. Birmingham City Park, 331 E. Main St. 


Amish Dinner Buffet 5-7:30pm. Sunrise Bakery, 21913 White Ave. Serving: Oven Baked Chicken, Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Noodles, Green Beans, Salad Bar, Homemade Bread & Pies. Seniors: $9, Adults: $11, Children 5-12: $5.50, Under 4: Free. Bakery Hours: 9am-6pm.
Bonaparte Fall Festival Fri.-Sun. 9am-5pm. Variety of vendors, citywide garage sales, BCIA Gun Show, Local shops & businesses will be open.
Bonaparte Retreat Lunch daily: 11am-1pm & Dinner served at 5pm (Mon.-Sat.) Closed Sunday evening. Enjoy a hearty meal in a truly unique atmosphere. 713 1st St.
BCIA Gun Show Fri. 5-9pm, Sat. 9am-5pm & Sun. 9am-2pm. Buy - Sell - Trade. Modern & antique guns. Knives, jewelry, pens, Wake Foundation Gun Raffle, shooting tent for children (pellet guns). Restrooms and food provided on-premises. Admission $5.00, under 10 free. Former elementary school, 602 8th St.
Bonaparte Fire Dept. Luncheon is having a free will donation luncheon 10am-?. Serving Maid-rites, chips & drink, at the fire station. 608 2nd St. 
Soup Luncheon 11am-?. The Bonaparte Public Library board will be serving: Soup, Sandwiches, Desserts & Drinks. $8 for 12 and up, $4 for 11 and under. Former elementary building cafeteria, 602 8th St.
Historic Bonaparte Pottery 10am-5pm. Free tours of Iowa's only remaining pottery site, demonstrations, gift shop/museum & more. 411 First St.  


Dutchman's Store 8am-5pm. Mennonite Bake Sale 8am-? Ol'Fashion General Store with bulk food, fresh produce, deli counter, fall flowers, pumpkins, gourds, hard-to-find goods, quilter's paradise! 103 Division St.


Lunch Box Café 11am-7pm. Enjoy a tasty meal, known for their famous bigfoot Tenderloins, texas tators & ribeye steak sandwich. 14191 Hwy 98.



Farmington Public Library Book Sale Fri. 1-5pm, Sat. 9am-Noon. Freewill donation for all books, movies, audiobooks & Magazines! 205 Elm St.


"Collective Goods" Book Fair Fri. 5-8pm, Sat. 8am-9pm, Sun. 9am-2pm. There will be a book fair at the Bridge Cafe, 101 Olive St. All proceeds go to "Christmas for Kids".


Live Music, Crafts & Food Vendors at shelter house Sat. 8am-4pm & Sun. 8am-4pm. 101 Front St.

Pioneer Historical Museum Open House Special. Sat. 9am-4pm & Sun. 12-4pm. Learn the fascinating history about the Honey War, artifacts & souvenirs. 205 S. 4th St. (Next to Casey's)

2nd Annual Quilt Show Sat. 9am-4pm & Sun. 12-4pm. View and vote on numerous quilts, bake sale & crafts. Hwy. 2 & 4th St.


Camping w/showers At VBC Fairgrounds 
$15/night w/elec. Reservations: Call 641-919-0566 or
 Download Camping Registration 
Soup Cookoff & Music Put your famous soup recipe to the test beginning at 6pm. Stay around after the cookoff and enjoy Boot Jack Band (free-will donation) at 7pm.
Download Soup Cookoff Rules and Entry Form
Keosauqua Public Library will host a book sale starting Fri. 1-5pm, Sat. 9am-5pm and Sun. 11am-2pm. 100’s of books for all ages for a free-will offering. 608 1st St. (inside the library). 


Keosauqua Lions’ Pancake & Sausage Breakfast 7-10am. Adults: $7, 5-10: $4 & 0-4: Free. All-you-can-eat Pancake & sausage breakfast with drinks. Keosauqua City Park, 100 Van Buren St.

Keosauqua Rotary Grand Parade Line-up is at 8am at the High School (503 Henty St.). The parade will start at 10am. 2019 Theme is "Celebrate, Connect, Inspire State Parks." The 2019 Grand Marshals will be Justin & Kim Pedretti.

Vendors, Crafts & Food Sat. 8am-5pm & Sun. 9am-4pm. You won’t want to miss all the vendors and awesome crafts at the Senior Center, 801 Front St.

Craft Vendors & Baked Goods Sat. 8am-5:30pm & Sun. 10am-4pm. There will be a variety of arts, crafts & baked goods in the new Keosauqua Fire Dept. 20644 Hwy. 1 N.

City of Keosauqua Fall Festival Sat. 9am-5pm & Sun. 10am-4pm. There will be a variety of craft, food vendors & more. Location: Downtown Keosauqua, Roberts Memorial Building & Fairgrounds, Hwy. 1 N.

Pearson House Museum Complex 9am-4pm. Tours and demonstrations, fiber arts and crafts, Pioneer Settlers lifestyle and tour guides will be dressed in period clothing. Activities for children include "make & take" candle dipping, lawn croquet, spelling bee, one-room schoolhouse and recess games. Enjoy old-time music by the "Galvinators Band" at 2pm. No admission fee, but donations appreciated for ongoing premises preservation. 718 Dodge St. 

Life in a Log Cabin 4pm. Join historian Michael Zahs as he shares how the pioneers built and lived in their log homes. Zahs will have tools to demonstrate building tasks and artifacts from that period. The program will be held on the Pearson House Lawn in Keosauqua. Participants should bring a lawn chair or something to sit on.

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.

1st Annual Fall Van Buren County Rodeo beginning at 7pm. Van Buren County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 1 North.
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13th Annual Fall Run & Trail Walk 9am. 5K, 10K or 2-mile trail walk. $25 per person. Register at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park Lodge 8:15am. Pre-register for $20 at

Fall Festival Car & Motorcycle Show 12-3pm, on First Street. Welcoming all classic and unique cars, trucks & motorcycles. Registration is from 10am-12pm and the cost is $15.
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Pearson House Museum Complex 1-4pm. Tours of "Underground Railroad Station", oldest one-room schoolhouse in Van Buren County, Pioneer settlers log cabin and circuit-riding preacher church service at 1pm. 718 Dodge St. 

If you would like to be a vendor in Keosauqua



Amish School Breakfast & Bake Sale 7:30am-12pm. Free-will donation. Homemade biscuits & sausage gravy, pancakes. Scrambled eggs, sausage, drinks. Located at Lebanon; Jct. V64 & J40.

Bloom and Bark Farm 9am-5pm. Watch artisans at work, glass blowing demonstrations, clay oven bread baking and over 20 Artist/Crafters set up or represented. Make your own S'mores on an open fire an so much more! 18517 County Rd J40. (4 m. West of Keosauqua)

13th Anniversary Sale at Yoder’s Indian Creek Furniture 8am-5pm. FREE coffee and donuts all day. Door prizes with a glider rocker as the grand prize! 10% off all items purchased or ordered, 10% off all outdoor poly and wood furniture in-stock ONLY and 15% off wind chimes. 22769 Rte. V64 Milton. 

Richardson’s Point 10a - 5p. 1846 Mormon Encampment Site. Memorialized marked gravesites of the first deaths of the Mormon Exodus with pioneer camp-life exhibits and demonstrations including open fire cooking, 1846 kids games, spinning wheel demonstrations, prairie ring making, rope making, wood cutting & splitting and much more! No admission fee. 11251 Rt. J40, Milton (Approx. 11m. West of Keosauqua) 


Milton Creamery 8am-5pm. Free Samples of over 20+ flavors of locally made cheeses and fresh curds. 202 East Hwy. 2.
Tractor, Truck, Motorcycle & Car Show 9am-5pm.  Restored or unrestored trucks, tractors, cars and small flywheel engine, Needlecraft display in the sanctuary. "The Sonshine Band" concert will begin at 1pm. No admission fee. Christian Church, 301 E. Oak St.
Grandma’s Homemade Chicken Noodle Dinner 11:30am-1:30pm. Enjoy homemade Chicken & noodles or beef & noodles, with real mashed potatoes. $10 for adults and $5 twelve and under. There will also be homegrown sweet corn and green beans. Let’s not forget about the homemade dinner rolls and a variety of yummy salads and desserts with lemonade, tea, and coffee. Come for tractor show and stay to eat! Milton Christian Church, 301 E. Oak St.



“Experience the West Adventure” at Morris Park (5.5 m. N. & E. of Stockport)
Fri.: Fish fry at 5 O’clock, Sat 7am: Cowboy coffee & breakfast.  Sun. 10a: Cowboy Church.  All day Sat. & Sun.: Free guided tours of an original log cabin, one-room schoolhouse, and barn filled with antique farm machinery and historical artifacts. There will be Indian fry bread, “cowpatty” treats, entertainment, scarecrow contest, tractor rides and draft horse pull.  Several exhibits and demonstrations will be happening including ancient iron, flintknappers & several others. 10938 Timber Rd.

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Free tours 10am-4pm

Peavine Line Depot Museum You’ll find railroad memorabilia from the C.B. & Q. Railroad and the Peavine Line that ran from Ft. Madison to Ottumwa. Be sure to check out the Freedom Rock next to the museum.


unless otherwise noted.

Free tours 10am-4pm

Clark Barn
27882 107th St., Stockport.
English Bank Barn built-in 1916. 
Foundation features small windows.

Morris Park Barn
10938 Timber Rd., Stockport.
Open Sat. & Sun.
Replica barn with antique machinery and museum. See 
Stockport listing above for special activities.

NEW! Barker Barns
Corner of Peach Ave. & 170th St.
Two Civil War-era barns. The smaller Bank
Barn has an interior silo. The large barn
was used as a multi-purpose barn.

Finney Barn
17248 Hwy. 1, Keosauqua.
English Bank Barn was built c. 1898.
Louvered windows on all elevations. 
Recently, moved onto a new foundation.

Paulek Barn
17727 Rt. J40, Keosauqua.
Built-in 1924, renovated in 2018. Built originally
with a poured foundation and a Dutch gambrel roofline.

NEW! Miller Barn
21803 Clover Rd.
New Amish barn constructed this year
using old-style techniques. Open barn tours,
buggy rides, pony rides and refreshments.

Wickfield Sales Pavilion
17451 260th St., Cantril.
Built-in 1918 as a 4-story round
Sales Pavilion and rooming house.
Guides will share the fascinating history.
Author Karlene Kingery will be at the Wickfield Barn promoting her new book "Iowa Barns - Yesterday and Today". This book features four Van Buren County barns and she will have autographed copies for sale.