Scenic Drive Festival- Oct. 12-14, 2018

Scenic Drive Festival- Oct. 12-14, 2018

Another Scenic Drive Festival can go down in the books! It was a chilly fall weekend but we hope you enjoyed your visit! We would like to know all about it! Please take a couple of minutes to complete a 10-question survey which will help us tremendously when planning for next years festival, which will be October 11-13, 2019.





Nauvoo on the Road 10am-4pm. Pioneer games, rope weaving and a genealogy area were they can show you how to find your family history. 

Vernon School House 150 year celebration. 1:30-4pm. A brief history program given by Paula Mohr, will start at 1:30pm. Enjoy tours, cake & drinks till 4pm


Riverfest 10am-5pm. Antiques, Flea Market & Craft Show, mums, food vendors, beekeeping display, Amish baked goods and leather. Pottery, rug weaving, blacksmithing and artist demonstrations. 

Indian Artifact Museum, 21929 Des Moines St. 10am-5pm. Impressive Display of Artifacts. No Admission Fee. 

43rd 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. There will be Live Music by John Lee Boyer (Sat. 11am-1pm), Amarillo Band (Sat. 1-5pm) and The Smith Band (Sun. 12-4pm). 

If you would like to be a Vendor in Bentonsport
Download Bentonsport Vendor Application
Temporary Food Vendor License Application



The Calico Press, 23096 Rte. J16. Open Fri. & Sat. 9am-5pm & Sun. 9am-12pm. Demos of Printing Presses, Fri & Sat 9-10am & 1-3pm. Sun. 9-10am. Antique Presses & Type dating back to 1857. Large selection of letterpress Posters, Prints, Cards, Notepads & T-shirts. Featuring Autumn Leaf Prints & Cards. 


Trash & Treasure Sale Sat. 8am-5pm and Sun. 9am-4pm in the Birmingham City Park, 221 S. Wood St. There will be a vast amount of garage sale items, flea market items, antiques and collectibles for sale. A Tenderloin Sandwich Lunch will be provided 11am-1pm, both days by the Birmingham Lions Club.  



Bonaparte Fall Festival Fri.-Sun. 9am-5pm. Citywide yard sales, a variety of vendors will be set up in the Park, inflatables for kids, local shops & businesses will be open.

NEW!! BCIA Gun Show Fri. 5-9pm, Sat. 9am-5pm & Sun. 9am-2pm. Buy - Sell - Trade, modern & antique guns. Taxidermy on display, knives, leather crafting and food provided on premises. Admission $5.00, under 10 free. Former elementary school, 602 8th St.


Amish Dinner Buffet at Sunrise Bakery, 21913 White Ave. 5-7:30pm Friday & Saturday evening. Meatloaf, Oven Baked Chicken, Mash Potato & Gravy, Homemade Noodles, Sweetcorn, Green Beans, Homemade Bread, Salad Bar & Pies. Adults: $11, Children 5-12: $5.50, Under 4: Free.  Saturday Only 9am-3pm – Homemade Ice Cream, $1.00 a scoop. 


Soup Luncheon  11am-1pm. $7 per person, all you can eat. Former elementary building cafeteria, 602 8th St.


6th Annual Quilt Show Sat. 10am-4pm & Sun. 12-4pm. A number of homemade quilts from locals will be on display at the Bonaparte United Church. There will be voting on the quilts in 4 categories. People's Choice ribbons will be awarded. Stop by to view these beautiful quilts in a 100-year-old church. Freewill offering to view. There will be refreshment served. 412 5th St.  

Historic Bonaparte Pottery, 411 First St.  10am-5pm. Free tours of Iowa's only remaining pottery site, demonstrations, gift shop/museum & more.   

Bonaparte Fire Dept. & EMS is having a free will donation Luncheon 11am-?. Serving Maid-rites, chips & drink, at the fire station. Held at Fire Station, 608 2nd St. 



Dutchman's Store, 103 Division St. 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! 



Pioneer Historical Museum Garage Sale 8am-4pm. 308 S 2nd  St. Proceeds to support operations coast.


5th Annual Art Show 8am-4pm. Community Center, 201 S. 4th St.

Arts, Crafts & Food Vendors 8am-4pm. Shelterhouse.

Pioneer Historical Museum is having a Special Open House. Sat 9am-4pm & Sun 12-4pm. They will be selling "I Love Farmington" mugs and handmade crafts. 205 S. 4th St. (Next to Casey's)


Camping w/showers At VBC Fairgrounds
$15/night w/elec. Reservations: 641-919-0566


NEW!! Tuff Truck Races Sign in at 5:30pm, event starts at 7pm. $10 per person, children 10 and under free. $25 entry fee and 100% pay back to the winner. For more details call 641-919-0566. Van Buren County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 1 North.


Keosauqua Public Library will host a book sale starting Fri. 12-5pm, Sat. 9am-5pm and Sun. 10am-2pm. Free Will Offering. There will be books for all ages including fiction and nonfiction. This event will be located at 608 1st St. (Inside the library). 


Keosauqua Lions’ Pancake & Sausage Breakfast 7-10am. $7 per person. All-You-Can-Eat Pancake & Sausage breakfast with drinks. Keosauqua City Park, 100 Van Buren St.

City of Keosauqua Fall Festival Sat. 9am-5pm & Sun. 10am-4pm. There will be a variety of Craft & Food Vendors set up in the City Park, 100 Van Buren St. & Senior Center, 801 Front St.

NEW!! Van Buren County Fairgrounds and Roberts Memorial Building Vendors Sat. 9am-5pm & Sun. 10am-4pm. There will be a variety of vendors, food vendors, arts, crafts, entertainment and more. Hwy. 1 N.

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.


Keosauqua Rotary Grand Parade Line-up is at 8am at the High School, 503 Henry St. The parade will start at 10am. 2018 Theme is "Be the Inspiration."

NEW!! Pearson House Museum Complex, 718 Dodge St.  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 school house and recess games. No admission fee, but donations appreciated for ongoing premises preservation. 

NEW!! Chili Cook-off & Ranch Rodeo Put your cooking to the test at the Chili Cook-off! $20 entry fee. 
5:30pm, must be ready to go by 6pm under the grandstands. $5 testing fee. For more details call 641-919-0566. Stay around after the cookoff and enjoy watching the Ranch Rodeo. 6:30pm. $10 per person, children 10 and under free. Van Buren County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 1 North.
Download Chili Cook-off Rules & Entry Form


12th 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. 
For details visit: or call 319-293-3752

Pearson House Museum Complex, 718 Dodge St. 12pm-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 Noon. 

Twombly Museum, 801 1st St. 12pm-4pm. Museum artifacts showcase the rich history of Van Buren County. No admission fee.

If you would like to be a Vendor in Keosauqua
Download (Downtown) Keosauqua Vendor Application
Download Vendor Application for Roberts Memorial Building in Keosauqua.
Temporary Food Vendor License Application



Amish School Breakfast & Bake Sale 7:30am-12pm. Free Will Donation. Homemade Biscuits & Sausage Gravy, Pancakes. Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Drinks. Located at Lebanon Amish School; Jct. V64 & J40.

Bloom and Bark Farm, 18517 Rte. J40. (4 m. West of Keosauqua) 8am-5pm. Watch artisans at work, Glass Blowing, demonstrations, Clay Oven bread baking, arts, crafts, baked goods and more. 

12th Anniversary Sale at Yoder’s Indian Creek Furniture 8am-5pm. FREE coffee and donuts all day. Door prizes with a Glider Rocker as 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. 


NEW!! Recognition of  Richardson’s Point 10am-5pm.
1846 Mormon Encampment site. Memorialized marked grave sites of the first deaths with pioneer
camplife exhibits and demonstrations. Representatives from the Iowa Mormon Trail Assoc. will provide in-depth history about the Mormon Exodus. No admission fee. 11251 County Rd J40, Milton

Featuring demonstrations of:
• Dutch-Oven Cooking by Jane Briley.
• Spinning Wheel by Linda Graves.
• Campfire cooking 
• Pioneer Mormon Camp-life

Saturday Only

• Musical Entertainment
• Special dedication at 2 pm by the National Park Service.



Milton Creamery, 202 East Hwy. 2. 8am-5pm. Free Samples of over 20+ flavors of locally made cheeses and fresh curds. 

Tractor, Truck, Motorcycle & Car Show 9am-5pm.  Restored or unrestored Trucks, Tractors, Cars and small flywheel engine, Needlecraft display in sanctuary. The Sonshine Band concert will start playing 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, green beans, and tomatoes. Let’s not forget about the homemade dinner rolls and variety of yummy salads and desserts. Refreshments will be lemonade, tea, and coffee. Come for tractor show and stay to eat! Christian Church, 301 E. Oak St.



“Heritage Days” at Morris Park, 10938 Timber Rd. (5.5 m. N. & E. of Stockport) Hours: Fri. 5pm, Sat. & Sun. 9a-4p. Camping will be available.
Friday there will be a Fish Fry @ 5 O’clock. Fish, baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, rolls and variety of desserts. Freewill offering. 
Saturday: Tractor Parade at
12pm, Music Jam
Saturday & Sunday: Tours of an original Log Cabin, One Room Schoolhouse, and Barn filled with antique farm machinery and historical artifacts. There will also be Antique Cars, Entertainment, Horse-drawn Wagon Rides, Food, Chili Cook-off, Mini Train Rides, Demonstrations, Tractor Rides, and more. 

Morris Park is accepting new vendors for this event
Download Morris Park Vendor Application
Temporary Food Vendor License Application


Free tours 10am-4pm

  • Clark Barn - 1916 English Bank Barn 27882 107th St., Stockport.
  • Dorothy Barn - English Bank Barn 807 County Lane Rd., Keosauqua. (Photo-op Only)
  • Finney Barn - Built circa 1898 17248 Hwy.1, Keosauqua.
  • Galloway Barn - Bank Barn 16677 Hwy. 1, Keosauqua. (Photo-op Only) Note: This barn was destroyed by a tornado on July 19, 2018.
  • Morris Park - 10938 Timber Rd., Stockport. Replica barn filled with antique farm machinery and attached museum. (See Stockport listing above for weekend activities.)
  • Parsons Barn - Built circa 1870 22055 Hwy. 1 South, Keosauqua. (Photo-op Only)
  • NEW!! Paulek Barn - Built in 1924, 17727 Rt. J40, Keosauqua. Open to the public for the first time!
  • Wickfield Farm Sales Pavilion 100th Birthday Celebration - 1918 Round Barn Free birthday cake and refreshments. 17451 260th St., Cantril.

The Scenic Drive Festival was made possible by generous contributions from First Iowa State Bank, Van Buren Telephone, Keosauqua Lions Club, City of Keosauqua, Dutchman’s Store in Cantril and several Van Buren County businesses and organizations.