Villages of Van Buren County will host the countywide Scenic Drive Festival Friday through Sunday.
Visitors can follow the marked “Scenic Drive” through Van Buren County in Southeast Iowa and along the Historic Hills Scenic Byway to experience each of the historic Villages to see fine arts, crafts, flea markets, car and tractor shows, a parade, quilt shows, tours of historic barns and lots more.
The free festival is held rain or shine. For details and a free brochure with map visit www.villagesofvanburen.com or call 319-293-7111 or 800-868-7822.
• 43rd Annual Fine Art & Fine Craft Festival featuring vendors, artist demonstrations, food, baked goods, raffles. There will be Live Music by John Lee Boyer (Sat. 11am-1pm), Amarillo Band (Sat. 1-5pm) and The Smith Band (Sun. 12-4pm). Hours: Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Bentonsport Riverfest with Antiques, Craft, Flea Market & Food Vendors in the Riverfront Park. Mums, Amish baked goods, leather and beekeeping display. Specialty shops will be open. Pottery, Rug-weaving and blacksmith demonstrations. Hours: Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Indian Artifact Museum, 21929 Des Moines St. Thousands of artifacts impressively displayed. No admission fee. Hours: 10am-5pm
• Nauvoo On The Road featuring Pioneer Pastimes including Candle/Rope Making & Games. Saturday Only 10am-4pm in the Riverfront Park.
• Vernon School House 150 year celebration. 1:30-4pm. A brief history program given by Paula Mohr, will start at 1:30 p.m. Enjoy tours, cake & drinks till 4 p.m.
• NEW! Tuff Truck Races at the Van Buren County Fairgrounds on Friday, Oct. 12. Sign-in at 5:30, Event starts at 7 p.m. Competitors: $25 entry fee, 100% pay back. Spectator admission: $10 adults, Children under 10: free.
• NEW! Chili Cook-off and Ranch Rodeo at the Van Buren County Fairgrounds on Saturday Oct. 13. Cook-off at 5:30 p.m., $20 entry fee. Taste testing ($5) begins at 6 p.m. Ranch Rodeo begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission to rodeo: $10 adults, Children under 10: free.
• Fall Festival. Hours: Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Arts, craft, flea market, food vendors, live music, and a wine/beer garden. Vendors also set up at the Keosauqua Senior Center, downtown along the river, Roberts Memorial Building, Van Buren County Fairgrounds and at the new Keosauqua Fire Dept. all on Hwy. 1 North.
• Keosauqua Lions will host an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake & Sausage breakfast from 7am-10am, in downtown Keosauqua on both mornings.
• Keosauqua Library Book Sale, free will donation on all books. Held inside the Library at 608 First St. on Fri. 12pm-5pm, Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Keosauqua Rotary Grand Parade on Saturday at 10 a.m. “Be the Inspiration” is this year’s theme. Line up begins at 8 a.m. at the Van Buren High School, 503 Henry St.
• Pearson House Museum Complex, 718 Dodge St. was a “safe house” on the Underground Railroad for escaping slaves during the Civil War era. The secret hiding place under the floorboards can still be seen today. Also at the complex, is a one-room Schoolhouse and authentic Log Cabin that will be open for tours with guides in period dress depicting the pioneer lifestyle. There will be demonstrations, fiber arts and crafts. On Saturday from 9am-4pm, children can “make & take” candle-dipping, play lawn croquet, and one-room schoolhouse games. Sunday 12 p.m.: Circuit riding preacher church service. Tours available until 4 p.m. No admission fee but donations for future preservation efforts are appreciated.
• Fall Festival Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show will be on Sunday. Registration from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. Show from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Awards at 3 p.m. For more information call: 319-293-3752.
• 12th Annual Fall 5K/10K Run or 2 mile Trail Walk at Lacey Keosauqua State Park, begins at the Lodge at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., $25/ $75 maximum per household.
• Twombly Museum in downtown Keosauqua, 801 First St., will be open on Sunday from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. The museum features artifacts about the rich history of Van Buren County. No admission fee, donations are appreciated.
• Camping with showers & electric is available at the Van Buren County Fairgrounds. $15/night. Reservations: 641-919-0566.
• NEW! BCIA Gun Show, held at Bonaparte School Community Center, 602 Eighth St. Buy — Sell — Trade modern & antique guns. Taxidermy on display, knives and leather crafting. Food available. Admission: $5, under 10: Free. Hours: Fri. 5-9pm, Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Soup Luncheon, Bonaparte School Community Center, 602 Eighth St. Saturday only 11am-1pm ($7).
• Fall Festival Citywide yard sales, vendors in riverside park, inflatable games for kids. All specialty & antique stores will be open. Hours: Fri-Sun. 9am-5pm
• Sunrise Bakery Amish Dinner Buffet, 21913 White Ave. (North of Bonaparte, then East on J40.) 5pm-7:30 p.m. on Fri. & Sat. Adults: $11+ tax, Children ages 5-12: $5.50+tax, Under age 4: Free. Homemade Ice Cream all day Saturday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
• Sixth Annual Quilt Show held at the Bonaparte United Church, 412 Fifth St. View and vote for People’s Choice on beautiful handmade quilts, refreshments served, freewill donation is appreciated. Saturday 10am-4pm & Sunday 12-4pm.
• Historic Bonaparte Pottery Museum and Gallery, 411 First St. Free tours of Iowa’s only remaining pottery site, demonstrations, gift shop/museum and more. Hours: Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Bonaparte Fire Dept. & EMS Luncheon, held at Fire Station, 608 Second St. beginning at 11 a.m. Maid-rites, chips & drink, free will donation.
• Heritage Days” at Morris Park, 10938 Timber Rd. (5.5 m. N. & E. of Stockport, follow the signs.) Fish Fry Friday at 5 p.m.! Saturday Only: Tractor Parade and Jam Session at 12:00. Both days: Variety of pioneer demonstrations, tractor rides, antique cars, horse & wagon rides, mini train rides, pioneer kid skills. Chili Cook-off on Saturday. The Pioneer Log Cabin as well as other historic buildings will be open for free tours. Food available including Fried Possum Tails & Toad Bellies with honey butter! Hours: Fri. 5 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Accepting pioneer vendors.
• Fifth Annual Farmington Art Show at the Farmington Comm. Center, 201 S. Fourth St. on Sat. & Sun., 8am-4pm
• Arts, Crafts & Food Vendors at the Shelterhouse. Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Pioneer Historical Museum Open House, 205 S. Fourth St./next to Casey’s. Open Saturday 9am-4pm & Sunday 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Special open house, no admission fee. Souvenirs and handmade crafts for sale.
• Trash & Treasures Sale will have a vast amount of garage sale items, flea markets items, antiques and collectibles in the Birmingham City Park, 221 S. Wood St. Tenderloin Sandwich Lunch will be served both days by the Birmingham Lions. Hours: Sat. 8am-5pm & Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. To donate items contact Harry at 319-498-4201 or Arlene at 319-498-4425. Outside vendors may display and sell in park at the same time, no charge.
• The Calico Press-Letterpress Print Shop, 23096 RT J16. Scheduled demonstrations of printing presses and equipment dating back to 1857 on Friday & Saturday 9-10am and 1-3pm and Sunday 9-10am. Large selection of letterpress posters, prints, cards, notepads & T-shirts. Featuring autumn leaf prints. Shop open hours: Fri. & Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 9am-12pm
• NEW! Special Recognition of Richardson’s Point, an 1846 Mormon Encampment Site, 11251 County Rd J40, Milton. Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. No admission fee. Memorialized marked gravesites of the first deaths with pioneer camp life exhibits and demonstrations. Representatives from the Iowa Mormon Trail Assoc. will provide in-depth history about the Mormon Exodus. Featuring demonstrations of Dutch-Oven Cooking by Jane Briley, Spinning Wheel by Linda Graves, Campfire cooking and Pioneer Mormon camp-life. Musical entertainment on Saturday.
• Bloom and Bark Farm, 18517 Rte. J40 (4 miles W. of Keosauqua.) Watch artisans at work, Demonstrations of Glass Blowing, Clay Oven Bread Baking & more. Saturday Only 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Amish School Breakfast & Bake Sale (Jct. of J40 & V64) Saturday Only 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Free Will Donation serving Homemade Biscuits & Sausage Gravy, Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage & Drinks.
• Yoder’s Indian Creek Furniture (22769 RT. V-64, Milton; 3/4 m. S. of Lebanon) 12th Anniversary Sale with FREE coffee & doughnuts all day. 10% off everything purchased or ordered. 10 % off in-stock poly & wood lawn furniture and 15% off Wind Chimes. Door prizes with a Glider Rocker as the Grand Prize. Sat. only 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Dutchman’s Store is an old fashioned General Store with bulk food, fresh produce, deli counter, fall flowers, pumpkins, gourds, hard-to-find goods, quilter’s paradise! Hours: Mon.-Fri 8a-6p and Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. On Saturday there will be a Mennonite Bake Sale on the porch starting at 8 a.m.
• Milton Creamery (202 E. Hwy. 2) 8am-5pm Mon- Sat. offering free samples of over 20 flavors of locally made cheeses and fresh curds
• “Grandma’s Homemade Chicken Noodle Dinner” at Milton Christian Church (201 E. Oak St.). Saturday 11:30-1:30. Enjoy homemade Chicken & Noodles or Beef & Noodles, real mashed potatoes, homegrown sweet corn, green beans, tomatoes, homemade rolls and a variety of salads and desserts. Adults: $10 Children ages 12 and under: $5. Also a needlecraft display in the Church sanctuary. The Sonshine Band will play at 1 p.m.
• Tractor, Truck, Motorcycle & Car Show 9am-5pm on Saturday at the Milton Christian Church (201 E. Oak St.) Restored and unrestored Trucks, Tractors, Motorcycle, Cars and Small flywheel engines. Free admission.
Fall Harvest Historical Barn Tours
Several historical barns will be open for free tours, some are only available for photo opportunities. Hours for barn tours: Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Clark Barn, 27882 107th St., Stockport. 1916 Old English Bank Barn. Foundation features small windows.
• Morris Park Barn, 10938 Timber Rd., Stockport. Replica barn filled with antique farm machinery with attached museum. See Stockport listing for Heritage Days celebration.
• Galloway Barn, 16677 Hwy. 1, Keosauqua. Originally scheduled as a “photo op.” Unfortunately, a tornado destroyed this 1886 bank barn on July 19, 2018. It was listed on the National Register.
• Finney Barn, 17248 Hwy. 1, Keosauqua. English Bank Barn built c. 1898. Louvered windows on all elevations. Recently moved onto a new foundation.
• Dorothy Barn, 807 Country Lane Rd., Keosauqua. Photo Op only. English Bank Barn, served as a stage coach stop.
• NEW! Paulek Barn, 17727 RT. J40, Keosauqua. Built in 1924 and renovated in 2018. Originally built with a poured foundation and a Dutch gambrel roof line.
• Wickfield Farm Sales Pavilion, 17451 260th St., Cantril. 1918 4-story Round Farm Sales Pavilion with a very colorful past celebrating 100th birthday with free cake.
• Parsons Barn, 22055 Hwy. 1 S., Keosauqua. Photo Op Only. Pennsylvania type built in 1870. Non-symmetrical gable end extends to include a fore bay.