Van Buren Scenic Drive Festival events begin Friday, run through Sunday
Van Buren County’s Scenic Drive Festival will be this weekend during the peak of the fall foliage season, rain or shine.
Millard’s Turtle Farm, one of the largest turtle farms in the Midwest, will have an open house, with daily activities, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
A new event in Birmingham will be hands-on demonstrations of antique printing presses at The Calico Press-Letterpress Print Shop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Birmingham also will have its annual Trash & Treasures Sale featuring a large rummage-style and flea market sale with unique items in the Birmingham City Park 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Lunch will be available both days. All proceeds benefit park and shelterhouse improvements at the park.
Bentonsport Riverfest will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
New this year, artists will be in three locations in Bentonsport for the 41st Fine Art & Fine Craft show. A few artists will be in the Stone House. Others will be in the Parlor Room Studio in the Historic Herman Greef House and in Riverside Park in front of the Rose Garden area along the Des Moines River.
Live music in the Bentonsport business district. John Lee Boyer will perform acoustic music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Van and The Movers will play 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Armarillo will play contemporary country music from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The Van Buren County Arts Council will have a booth set up this year to purchase raffle tickets for a variety of original artwork. All proceeds from the raffle go toward programs the arts council promotes.
Nauvoo on the Road will be in Bentonsport Saturday to bring alive a little bit of history of how the Mormon pioneers lived back in the early 1800s in Nauvoo, Illinois. They will have demonstrations near the gazebo area showing period crafts, such as rope weaving and candle dipping, and pioneer games that will include audience participation.
Iron and Lace, the local blacksmith/pottery shop will have demonstrations of rug weaving, blacksmithing and pottery throughout the weekend.
Antiques and collectibles, flowers, organic products, children’s items, tools, crafts, woodwork, flea market and many other great deals can be found along the riverfront near the shelter house in Bentonsport. The local shops also will be open.
The Indian artifact museum will be open. It has over 5,000 artifacts displayed on various wood patterns. Food vendors will have various food menus and snacks.
The Bentonsport Cemetery Association will have food and raffle items including a 88- by 92-inch quilt made by Donna Pratt. Donations help raise funds to continue maintaining care of the Bentonsport cemetery
“One Way” signs will be set up in Bentonsport to ease the flow of traffic during this popular event.
The Bentonsport campgrounds are available, but do not take reservations and it is recommended to get there by mid week to get a spot near all the activities.
For details or information about the Bentonsport Riverfest, call the Greef General Store at 319-592-3579, email firstname.lastname@example.org or view the website www.greefstore.com.
Sunrise Bakery will offer an Amish dinner buffet from 5-7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The menu includes meatloaf, oven-baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, beef noodles, sweet corn, green beans, salad bar, homemade bread, homemade pies and homemade ice cream.
Sunrise Bakery also will have homemade ice cream and Amish buggy rides from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
An Amish School benefit lunch at Yoder’s Greenhouse is planned from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The lunch includes barbecued chicken, coleslaw, mashed potatoes and gravy, noodles, homemade pie and ice cream. A bake sale and auction begins at 1:30 p.m.
Bonaparte Public Library will have its annual soup luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Bonaparte Opera House. A variety of homemade soups, relishes, and desserts will be served.
A new event will be “Let’s Go on a Safari” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bonaparte Opera House. An educational display of taxidermy and North American animals will be available for viewing. John Jones will be doing a demonstration on taxidermy. Admission is free.
Vendors will be offering crafts, antiques, food, and baked goods in Riverfront Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The fourth annual Quilt Show will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Bonaparte United Church. Free-will donations for admission fee is appreciated.
Historic Bonaparte Pottery will be open with hands-on pottery demonstrations by master potters. New this year is a scavenger hunt of the historic building and grounds. Gift shop and museum will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No admission is charged.
A new End of Summer Grill event is planned at the Cantril Fire Station. A $5 meal including a sandwich, chips, dessert and drink, will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the food is gone.
Dutchman’s Store will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with a Mennonite bake sale outside starting at 8 a.m.
The Wickfield Farm Sales Pavilion will have an open house, with free guided tours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Plus, from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, old-time music and food are planned at the barn. Food will include a Rocky Mountain oyster fry, smoked pork loin, fried pickles, chips and drinks. A free-will donation will be collected. Those attending should bring lawn chairs.
Phil’s Grill at the Lunch Box Café will be serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. The menu will featue Famous Bigfoot Tenderloins, Texas Tators and homemade tacos.
A 3K fun run/walk is planned Friday at Indian Lake Park. Registration is 5-5:30 p.m., with the run starting at 6 p.m. Walk-up registration is $30 for adults and $15 for children. Prizes will be given for best super hero costume for Best Individual Costume (child and adult) and Best Family Costume. A Books are Fun Book Fair, sponsored by Farmington United Methodist Church, will be at the Bridge Cafe from 5-9 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. All proceeds benefit Van Buren County Christmas for Kids.
The third annual Farmington Art Show will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Farmington Community Center.
Arts, crafts and food vendors will be set up at the shelterhouse downtown. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The Pioneer Historical Museum will have an open house 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Archie’s Banquet Center will have its weekly all-you-can-eat fried chicken buffet from 4:45-8 p.m. Friday.
Keosauqua Lions food tent in City Park will serve an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast from 7-10 a.m., and then lunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hot wings are new on the menu. Tickets for a chainsaw raffle will be available at the tent ; the drawing is on Sunday.
Keosauqua Library will have its book sale from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday outside the library. Books are available for a free-will donation.
Fall Festival in downtown Keosauqua includes craft and food vendors, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Vendors also will be set up at Roberts Memorial Building on the Van Buren County Fairgrounds. A carnival is planned all weekend, with discounted tickets available at Libertyville Savings Bank, First Iowa State Bank and Tropical Tan.
Musical performances will be held at the New Riverfront Stage. Saturday’s lineup includes: 8:30 a.m., Junior High Chorus; 11:30 a.m. after the parade, High School Chorus; 1 p.m., Double Dose; and 3 p.m., Curtis Oliver. Sunday’s lineup includes: 11:30 a.m., church services with Kevin Mote and the Sonshine Band; and 1 p.m., Tarnished Brass Band.
Keosauqua Rotary Parade, with the theme “Today’s Students-Tomorrow’s Leaders,” will march through downtown Keosauqua Saturday. Line up is at 8 a.m. at the Van Buren High School. The parade starts at 10 a.m.
The Iowa Army National Guard is planning to be on hand with its Climbing Wall at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
A Des Moines River Water Trails event, co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Jefferson County Conservation, is planned Saturday. Participants of “Freedom Float: The Underground Railroad Along the River” will hear legends and stories of the Underground Railroad as they float along the Des Moines River Water Trail, ending the day at the Pearson House Museum, a confirmed station on the Underground Railroad. Preregistration is required and participation is limited. Canoes and kayaks are available for loan. The trip is open to all, but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call 472-4421 or email email@example.com.
Pearson House Museum Complex will have interpretive tours of Pearson House, a safe house on the Underground Railroad, a one-room schoolhouse and a log cabin from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. A free will donation will be collected.
Keosauqua Fall Festival Car Show is noon to 3 p.m. in downtown Keosauqua. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Awards are at 3 p.m.
A kids pedal-tractor pull is planned Sunday in downtown Keosauqua. Registration is at 12:30 p.m., and the pull begins at 1 p.m..
Friends of Lacey and the Keosauqua Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the 10th annual Lacey Keosauqua Fall 5K & 10K Run and 2-mile Trail Walk Sunday. The event begins at 9 a.m. at Lacey Keosauqua State Park Lodge. Download a registration form at www.fitnesssports.com or www.keosauqua.com. Race day registration is available
The Amish School will serve a fund-raising breakfast from 9 a.m. no noon Saturday. The free-will donation breakfast offers biscuits and gravy, pancakes, scrambled eggs, cinnamon rolls, and drinks.
Yoder’s Indian Creek Furniture will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with free coffee and doughnuts. Door prizes will be given. The grand prize is a glider rocker.
Milton Creamery will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. offering free samples of over 20 flavors of locally made cheeses and fresh curds.
Milton Christian Church will serve a chicken and noodle dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The meal includes real mashed potatoes, fresh salads, and desserts.
Milton Christian Church also will be the site of a Truck, Tractor & Car Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. View restored trucks, tractors, cars and small fly-wheel engines. Refreshments will be available. Admission is free.
“Heritage Days” will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Morris Park near Stockport.
Food, tours, rug making, crocheting, quilts, ancient iron demonstrations, blacksmithing, jam session, tractor rides, train rides, horse and wagon rides, a parade, Possum Tails, a salsa cook-off, and a chili cook-off are planned from 5-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Other events at the park include: a fish fry at 5 p.m. Friday; SE Iowa Button Guild’s program on antique buttons at 2 p.m. Saturday; the music jam beginning at noon Saturday; and church at 10 a.m. Sunday.
The Clark Barn, an Old English Bank Barn built in 1916, will have an open house to celebrate its 100th birthday. Free tours and free refreshments are planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Signs will be posted to help visitors find their way to the barn at 27882 107th St. near Stockport.
For more information
For more information for all of the villages’ activities for the Scenic Drive Festival, call the Villages of Van Buren at 800-868-7822 or visit www.villagesofvanburen.com/scenicdrivefestival.htm.