Van Buren County Scenic Drive Times and dates below!

Oct 14, 2012 7:00am


Scenic Drive Festival

Oct. 13-14, 2012

The Scenic Drive Festival is our largest festival of the year that is held during the peak of our spectacular fall foliage season, the second full weekend of October.


  • Bentonsport Hours: Sat 10a-5p & Sun 10a-5p.
  • Artists demonstrations daily.
  • The 37th Annual Bentonsport Art Festival, an annual juried art show with 30 fine artists and fine craft artisans showcasing printing, photography, sculptures, fabric arts, jewelry and more.
  • Indian Artifact Museum & Specialty Shops will be open.
  • Live music played throughout the weekend. Local C.J. Gaston will be playing country music on Saturday from 12-2pm. No admission fee.
  • The Riverside Park will be filled with antique, craft, flea market and food vendors. Bake sales & raffles including a large quilt.
  • Saturday Only: 10a-4p. Nauvoo on the Road with demonstrations of rope making, candle making, games and other pioneer activities.
  • The Bentonsport Cemetery Assn. will have a quilt raffle and soup luncheon downtown. Raffle will be held Sunday at 4p, need not be present to win.


  • Trash and Treasures Sale and Swap Meet (Tractor Parts, Auto Parts, & Antiques) in the City Park Saturday (8:30a-5p) & Sunday (8:30a-4p).
  • Lunch served by the Lions beginning at 11a in the City Park Shelterhouse, both days.
  • NEW! Sunday:  9:45 am. Birmingham Methodist Church will host Sunday Jazz with live music at the Church.  No admission fee.


  • Silent auction at the Opera House featuring 24” Vintage Bride Dolls dressed in 1860’s era costume. Bidding will be open 10a – 4p Saturday & Sunday.
  • Saturday Only: Soup Lunch at the Opera House 11a-1p served by the Bonaparte Library Board. Sandwich Lunch at the Fire Station 11a-2p & Pork Dinner at the Fire Station 5-8p served by the Bonaparte Fire Department.
  • Sunday Only: Sandwich Lunch at Opera House 11a-1p served by the Bonaparte United Church & Sandwich Lunch at the Fire Station 11a-1p served by the Bonaparte EMS.
  • Saturday & Sunday: Antique, Craft & Food vendors in the City Park and throughout downtown. Local Shops open extended hours with in-store specials and sidewalk sales.
  • Saturday & Sunday: The National Historic Bonaparte Pottery Archaeological Site will have 1865 Pottery Tours, Archaeological Digs, Demos from 150 year old molds, Gift Shop Open with new & old pottery for sale, and outdoor vendors including garden & yard art. Hours: 10a-5p Sat & Sun. Tours conducted at: 11a, 1p, 3p Sat & Sun. Admission: $5
  • Addie May Fudge Factory will have a Medicine Man Show in front of shop, and Vendors and Live Music inside.


  • Saturday only: 10a-5p. Arts & Crafts Sale in the Township Hall. Local artists displayed with a variety of unusual gifts for sale.
  • Saturday only: 11a-2p at the Fire Station $8 per person for All-U-Can-Eat Black Kettle Ham & Beans and Cornbread with a drink and 1 dessert.
  • Dutchman's Store: Be sure to visit this old-fashioned general store. You'll delight in their large selection of bulk food and candy, fresh produce, deli, fabric & craft room, homemade items and fall flowers and ornamentals. Closed Sunday.


  • Vendors including crafts, baked goods, flowers and Avon in the Shelterhouse along the River 8a-5p Sat & Sun. Lunch served at 11am. Wagon Rides downtown.
  • Scarecrow contest throughout town.
  • Saturday: Duck Race at 1p. Prizes awarded.
  • Sat & Sun: Hel-Mart will have Native American Fry Bread & Indian Tacos, Flint Knapping, Jewelry & Craft Vendors & Geodes. Train room & miniature Doll House displays will be open with no admission fee.


  • The Keosauqua Fall Festival with Arts, Crafts, Wood Crafts, Food and Variety Vendors set up downtown & in the Roberts Memorial Building (Hwy 1 N.).
  • Lots of new vendors! Vendors open Friday 4-7p, Saturday 9a-5p & Sunday 10a-4p.
  • A variety of live entertainment throughout the weekend. All "stage" entertainment will be set up on First & Van Buren Street. Saturday Entertainment:  11:30a (approx) VBHS Choir,
    1p & 2p Mr. Illusion's Magic Show, & 3:30p Double Dose (Country, Rock & Blues).  Sunday Entertainment: 11a Illusions of Elvis by Junior Talley.
  • Kids Games including Mini Golf, Bounce House, Train, and more (set up behind Community First Bank) all weekend.
  • NEW! Antique Tractor Show Saturday on First Street. Registration begins at noon. Trophies awarded at 3p. All restored and non-restored tractors are welcome. For more information contact Garry Feldmann at 641-208-5031.
  • Sunday only: Kids Pedal Pull by Hawkeye Pedal Pull downtown Cass Street registration 1p and pull at 1:30p.
  • Sunday only: 6th Annual Car & Motorcycle Show on First Street featuring classic & unique cards, trucks, hot rods, and motorcycles. Held rain or shine. Registration 10a-12p.
  • Saturday Parade 10a theme “Service thru Volunteerism” with line up at the Van Buren High School at 8a.
  • Twombly Museum open Saturday 9a-12p.
  • Our Saviors’ Lutheran Church Soup Supper with homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts & drinks for a free will donation. Saturday only 4-7p.
  • Keosauqua Senior Center will have eight vendors with a variety of high quality craft exhibits open Saturday & Sunday.
  • The Keosauqua Lions Club will serve all you can eat pancake & sausage breakfast for $7.00 (includes drink.) Texas Tators, Tenderloins, Corn Dogs and Funnel Cakes in the Keosauqua City Park.
  • There is a Book Sale at the Keosauqua Public Library Downtown with audio books, magazines, children’s books, adult books, VHS movies, and more! Friday ?-5p, Saturday 9a-5p, & Sunday. Free will donations accepted.
  • The Southeast Iowa Cattle Dog Trial. Iowa’s largest 2 day cattle dog trial. Saturday & Sunday starting at 9a. 2.5 miles N. of Keosauqua on Hwy 1.
  • Keosauqua Fairgrounds – Camping with Showers & Electricity ($15 per night). For reservations call Butch Gates at 641-777-9087.

Lacey – Keosauqua State Park

  • Buckskinners Rendezvous will be held at Ely Ford with demonstrations knife & tomahawk throwing, black powder shoot, archery, basket weaving, traders row (with period goods), a food vendor (with Indian Fry Bread), candy cannons, and more. No admission fee.
  • The 6th Annual Lacey Keosauqua Fall Run & Trail Walk. A 5K, 10K or 2 Mile Trail Walk Sunday Only. Race begins at 9am. Entry Fees: Pre-registration (by 10/10/12) $15, Walk-up $20, & Family $50. Registration 8:15-8:45a on Sunday at the  Lodge. Registration forms available at


  • Yoder’s Indian Creek Furniture's 6th Anniversary Sale 10% off all indoor furniture purchased or ordered & 5% off all outdoor items. Free coffee & donuts all day, door prizes given away and a Glider Rocker Grand Prize Give-Away. 8a-5p. Not open Sunday.
  • Saturday Only: Breakfast 7a-12p at the Amish Schoolhouse. Free Will donation.
  • Lengacher’s Greenhouse open 8a-5p 10% off everything! Huge selection of mums & fall ornamentals.Free Wagon Rides on Saturday.Closed Sunday.


  • Milton Creamery open 8a-5p with a variety of gourmet cheeses & curds. Closed Sunday.
  • NEW! Mormon Graves at Richardson's Point open Saturday & Sunday 9a-5p with guided tours of the first deaths along the Mormon Pioneer Trail in 1846.The guide will share his knowledge of the events leading up to the encampment at Richardsons Point and the continuing history that followed. Tours every 30 minutes. No admission fee.


  • All activities will be held at Morris Park, lunch available both days on grounds.
  • NEW! Morris Park Tractor Show. Register 8-9am on Saturday. Parade at 12:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday. For more info:
  • Saturday - Wayne Keller entertaining.
  • BBQ cooking contest. $75 to first place winner! 1:00pm Registration ($10 registration fee per category). 2:00pm Cooks Meeting, 3:00pm Judging for Chicken, 4:00pm Judging for Pork Loin. Open to the public. Sample tasting only $5.
  • Cast Iron Cooking Contest. $100 to first place winner! 8:00am Registration ($10 registration fee per category or $25 for all 3 categories), 9:00am Cooks Meeting, 10:00am Judging for Desserts, 11:00am Judging for Bread, 12:00 Judging for Main Dish (Beef). Open to public. Sample tasting only $5.
  • Michael Zahs, speaker "Building A Log Cabin" 2pm.
  • Lighted Drive & Camper Decorating Contest.
  • Sunday - Wayne Keller entertaining, Settles & Knipfer entertaining.
  • Tarnished Brass Band performs at 2p.


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