Van Buren Scenic Drive set Saturday, Sunday
The Villages of Van Buren Scenic Drive Festival Saturday and Sunday is full of activities for the entire family.
Visitors can follow the marked “Scenic Drive” through the county to experience fine arts, crafts, flea markets, car show, tractor shows, parade, tours of historic sites, fun runs and more planned throughout the historic villages.
New this year, Dancing Hooves Drill Team from Central Iowa will be performing on horseback Saturday in Farmington.
The photo contest encourages everyone to grab their camera to win prizes. Eleven wooden standees — painted scenes on plywood with cut-out holes for guests to pose with their face in the scene — are throughout the villages. Visitors must seek out at least eight and take their picture. Pictures must be presented at the Welcome Center in Keosauqua no later than 4 p.m. Sunday. Everyone will win a prize, plus they will receive an entry for the grand prize: Villages Rest & Relax Get-Away, which includes numerous gift certificates from area businesses and a two-night stay at Pine Ridge Retreat cabins at Lake Sugema.
Bentonsport will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The 38th Annual Bentonsport Art Festival, an annual juried art show with 30-plus artists and fine craft artisans showcasing printing, photography, sculptures, fabric arts, jewelry and more is planned. Artists’ demonstrations are scheduled daily.
Live music is planned all weekend at the gazebo: Saturday: 10-11:30 a.m. - Tom Shadonix from Ottumwa; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. - Modern Dance by Isadora Duncan Dance of Fairfield; 1-4 p.m. - southeast Iowa’s premier blues band Van and the Movers. Sunday: noon-4 p.m. - A jam session, featuring a variety of musicians from southern Iowa.
The Indian Artifact Museum and specialty shops in the village will be open.
The Riverside Park will be filled with antique, craft, flea market and food vendors. Bake sales and raffles are planned.
Nauvoo on the Road will be in Bentonsport from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with demonstrations of rope making, candle making, games and other pioneer activities.
A Trash & Treasures sale and swap meet, featuring tractor parts, auto parts and antiques, is planned from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in City Park.
The Birmingham Lions Club will serve lunch beginning at 11 a.m. both days in the City Park shelterhouse.
A silent auction at the Opera House features 24-inch vintage bride dolls dressed in 1860s era costumes. Bidding will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Antique, craft and food vendors will be in City Park and throughout the downtown area.
The National Historic Bonaparte Pottery Archeological Site will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tours are $5. The site will have 1865 pottery tours at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Archaeological digs, demonstrations from 150-year-old molds and new and old pottery available at the gift shop are planned. Outdoor vendors will have garden and yard art. Food will be available.
A scarecrow contest will be held at the Bonaparte Library, and a pumpkin decorating contest is set in Riverview Park.
A soup luncheon will be served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days at the Opera House.
A quilt show is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bonaparte United Church. A freewill offering will be collected to view the show. To enter an item, call 641-233-7917.
Cantril will serve up its all-you-can-eat Black Kettle Ham & Beans, with cornbread, a drink and dessert, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the fire station.
Dutchman’s Store will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The old-fashioned general store has a large selection of bulk food and candy, fresh produce, deli, fabric and crafts, homemade items, fall flowers and ornamentals.
The Dancing Hooves Drill Team from Central Iowa will perform to music on horseback at 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday at River Valley Lodge & Campground.
Cowboy Church will be at 9 a.m. Sunday at River Valley Lodge and Campground.
The 5K Fall Fun Run/Walk will be Saturday at Indian Lake Park. Check-in is 4:30-5 p.m. The run starts at 5:30 p.m., and the walk starts at 6 p.m.
Craft vendors, quilts, candles and a bake sale are planned at the Community Center, and more vendors, food and horse-drawn wagon rides will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the shelterhouse along the Des Moines River.
A duck race at 2 p.m. Sunday at the shelterhouse, has a $200 cash prize.
The free miniature train room and miniature doll house display will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hel-Mart.
A scarecrow contest is planned throughout town.
The Keosauqua Fall Festival will feature arts, crafts, wood crafts, fod and several new vendors set up downtown and in the Roberts Memorial Building. Vendors open 4-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
A variety of live entertainment is planned throughout the weekend. All “stage” entertainment will be set up at First and Van Buren streets. Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - Van Buren Junior High Choir; 11:30 a.m. - Van Buren High School Choir; 3:30 p.m. - Double Dose country, rock and blues. Sunday: 11 a.m. - Illusions of Elvis by Junior Talley.
Kids’ games, including a bounce house, train, petting zoo and more will be set up all weekend behind Community First Bank.
A kids pedal-tractor pull by Hawkeye Pedal Pull will be Sunday downtown on Cass Street. Registration will be at 1 p.m., with the pull at 1:30 p.m.
The parade, with the theme “Service thru Volunteerism” will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. Line up begins at the Van Buren High School at 8 a.m.
Twombly Museum will be open 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, and Pearson House Museum will be open 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
The seventh annual Car & Motorcycle Show on First Street will be Sunday, rain or shine. Registration is 10 a.m. to noon, with awards at 3 p.m.
Our Saviors’ Lutheran Church will have homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts and drinks for a freewill donation from 4-7 p.m. Saturday.
The Keosauqua Lions Club will serve an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast from 7-10 a.m., then switch the menu to tator ribbons, tenderloins, corn dogs and funnel cakes in Keosauqua City Park.
The Cattlemen’s BBQ Lunch begins at 11 a.m. in Keosauqua City Park.
The book sale at the Keosauqua Public Library will offer audio books, magazines, children’s books, adult books, VHS movies and more. The sale will be from 1-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. A freewill donation will be collected for the items.
The Southeast Iowa Cattle Dog Trial is Iowa’s largest two-day cattle dog trial featuring some of the smartest dogs in the Midwest. The free event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday 2.5 miles north of Keosauqua on Highway 1.
Keosauqua Fairgrounds is open for camping, with showers and electricity at $15 per night. For reservations, call Butch Gates at 641-777-9087.
Lacey-Keosauqua State Park
A Buckskinners Rendezvous will be held at Ely Ford, with demonstrations, knife and tomahawk throwing, black powder shoot, archery, basket weaving, traders row with period goods, a food vendor with Indian Fry Bread, candy cannons and more. Admission is free.
The seventh annual Lacey Keosauqua Fall Run & Trail Walk will be Sunday. A 5K, 10K or 2 mile trail walk is planned. Registration is 8:15-8:45 a.m. at the lodge. Registration forms are available at www.keosauqua.com. The race begins at 9 a.m.
Yoder’s Indian Creek Furniture will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with free coffee and doughnuts all day, door prizes and a glider rocker grand prize.
A new event this year in Milton is a tractor show with modern and restored tractors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Christian Church.
Another new event will be a home-cooked meal of chicken & noodles with all of the fixin’s by the Methodist and Christian church ladies. Serving will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Christian church.
Free guided tours of the historic Mormon graves at Richardson’s Point are planned 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The guide will share his knowledge of the events leading up to the encampment at Richardson’s Point, where the first deaths along the Mormon Pioneer Trail in 1846 occurred, and the continuing history that followed. Tours start every 30 minutes. Richardson’s Point is along Route J40; watch for signs.
Brad Klodt will offer free guided tours of a 1895 barn, as well as share an impressive collection of antique John Deere tractors and vintage pedal tractors. The barn is on Acorn Avenue; watch for signs.
All of Stockport’s activities will be held Saturday and Sunday at Morris Park, northeast of the village.
New events are a Model T car show, chili cook-off and performance by an old-fashion Circuit Rider.
The Morris Park Tractor Show is set for Saturday. Registration is 8-9 a.m. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vendors, music and demonstrations are planned throughout the weekend. Lunch is available both days.
A lighted drive and camper decorating contest is planned.
New this year, Phil’s Grill at Lunchbox Café will serve ribeyes, pork loin, chicken breast, hamburgers, hot dogs and Texas Tators Saturday.
Also new for 2013, Valley School No. 3, a restored one-room schoolhouse with period furnishings, will be open for free tours. Old time school events are planned throughout the day.
For more details about the Scenic Drive Festival and a free brochure with a map visit www.villagesofvanburen.com or call 800-868-7822.