Scenic Drive Festival

Written by Theresa Rose on September 25, 2015

Oct. 10-11, 2015

Villages of Van Buren in scenic Southeast Iowa invite you to their largest event of the year! The Scenic Drive Festival, which is always held the second full weekend in October, is full of fun activities for the entire family!

Visitors are encouraged to follow the marked “Scenic Drive” through the county to experience each of the historic Villages. There will be Fine Arts, Crafts, Flea Markets, Live Music & Entertainment, Car Show, Tractor Shows, Parade, Tours of Historic Sites, Fun Runs and so much more. NEW this year, fascinating tours of Millard’s Turtle Farm near Birmingham, Special Open Houses at the Wickfield Farm Sales Pavilion (Round Barn) near Cantril and the historic Clark Barn near Stockport. Also NEW, Keosauqua will feature Eulenspiegel Puppet Show, National Guard Climbing Wall, Live bands and a beer/wine tent on Saturday. There is no admission fee to the Scenic Drive Festival. For more details and a free brochure with map visit or call 800-868-7822.


· NEW! Millard’s Turtle Farm Special Open House (16580 Linden Ave., Keosauqua) Tour one of the largest Turtle Farms in the Midwest! 9am-4pm daily, no admission fee.

· The Friends of Birmingham will host a Trash and Treasure Sale of garage sale type items in the City Park. Other vendors will be offering antiques and collectibles, garage sale items, jewelry, kettle corn, gourds and decorated pumpkins, a display of small engines, weather permitting. Show hours on Saturday are 8 am-5 pm and Sunday 8 am-4 pm.

· The Rebekah Circle will have a bake sale from 8:00 to 10:00 Saturday morning in the City Park.

· The local Lions Club will serve lunch on Saturday and Sunday at the new shelterhouse in the City Park.


NEW! Wickfield Farm Sales Pavilion (Round Barn) at 17451 260th St. will have a Special Open House with Colorful tales of Frank Silvers vision of his pure bred Hampshire hog farm and sales business as told by local historians, barn quilts by Max Wellborn, special edition Wickfield Farm Sales Pavilion DVD on display & for sale. Displays and demonstrations of antique tractors and hit and miss engines, Pure Bred Hampshire Hogs on display. Food served on the grounds. Saturday & Sunday 9am–5pm

Saturday Only

· All-U-Can-Eat Black Kettle Ham & Beans and Cornbread with a drink and dessert. 11a-2p at the Fire Station.

· 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, fall flowers and ornamentals. Sat. 8a-5p, Closed Sunday.

· Mennonite Bake Sale (in front of Dutchman’s Store) beginning at 8am.

· Cantril Library Book Sale at the Library (104 W. 3rd) 9a-12p

Lebanon (Saturday Only)

· Yoder’s Indian Creek Furniture’s 9th Anniversary Sale 10% off everything in-stock or special order. 15% off wind chimes and in-stock outdoor furniture, 5% off poly, treated pine, and cedar in-stock lawn furniture. Free coffee & donuts all day, door prizes given away and a Glider Rocker Grand Prize Give-Away. 8a-5p. Not open Sunday.

· Amish School Breakfast & Bake Sale (Located at the Jct. of V64 & J40) 8am- 12pm. Free will donation. Homemade biscuits & sausage gravy, pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, cinnamon rolls.


· Autumn Fest. Antique, Craft & Food vendors in the City Park from 9a-5p.

3rd Annual Quilt Show will be held at the Bonaparte United Church (5th & Texas St.) from 10a-4p on Saturday and 12-4p on Sunday. Featuring beautiful handmade quilts, wall hangings, runners and toppers. Public voting for “People’s Choice” Award in 5 categories.
Bonaparte Pottery will be open 10am-5pm with archaeological dig-site tours, newly renovated gift shop, and an in-house potter doing demonstrations.
The Sunrise Bakery (31154 210th St., North of Bonaparte on W40) will have a home-cooked Amish buffet from 5p-7:30p on Friday & Saturday. Adults: $10.70, Children ages 5-12: $5.35, Ages under 4” free. Menu includes: Oven-baked Chicken, Meat Loaf, Salisbury steak, mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Beans, Cooked cabbage, Fresh Salad bar, Homemade Bread, Pies & Ice Cream. On Saturday only, they will have homemade ice cream (75¢/scoop) and Amish buggy rides from 8-4 ($3)
On Saturday, 10:30a-2p the Bonaparte Amish School will have a benefit Home-Cooked Lunch (free will donation) consisting of BBQ Chicken, Cole Slaw, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Noodles, Homemade Pie & Ice Cream. Bake Sale & Silent Auction will be held from 10:30a-2p at Yoder’s Greenhouse (31856 210th St.)


· Bentonsport Hours: Sat 10a-5p & Sun 10a-5p. Artists’ demonstrations daily

· The 40th Annual Bentonsport Art Festival, a juried art show with 30+ artists and fine craft artisans showcasing printing, photography, sculptures, fabric arts, jewelry and more.

· Live music at the Gazebo: “Van and the Movers” premier Blues band Sat., 2-4pm, “Variety Music Jam” 1:30-3:30pm

Specialty Shops & Studios will be open on both days.
The Riverside Park will be filled with antique, craft, flea market and food vendors. Bake sales & raffles.

Saturday Only

· 10a-4p. Nauvoo on the Road with demonstrations of rope making, candle making, games and other pioneer activities.


· NEW! Clark Barn Open House featuring tours of this 1916 English Bank Barn Saturday 10am-4pm & Sunday 12-4pm (27882 107th St.). No admission fee.

Heritage Days- “Your Past is Our Present” at Morris Park (10938 Timber Rd)

· Friday Only: Five O’Clock Fish Fry

· Morris Park Bingo, Chain Saw Artistry, Demonstrations of Flint-Knapping, Leather Working, Blacksmithing and Rope Making.

· Story-telling for the kids, Honey Bee Display and a Long Horned Steer.

· Ancient Iron Demonstrations: Husker Shredder, Sandwich Corn Sheller, Miniature Baler & Engine, Hay Press, Saw Mill, Spark Show at Dark, Hit & Miss Engines.

· Tractor Exhibits register at 8:00am. Tractor Parade at 12:00p, Tractor Ride at 2:00pm.

· Medicine Wagon Show 2:20pm & 4:20pm

· Saturday Only: NEW this year, Jam in the Park at 2:00pm. Chili Cook-off with taste testing from 2:00-4:00pm, judging at 5:00pm.

· Sunday Only: Church Service at 10:00am


NEW this year at the Riverfront Stage, live bands both days and a wine & beer tent on Saturday from 2:00p-9p. Double Dose Band playing Country, Rock & Blues from 2:00-4:00p, Jive Radio takes the stage to shake your bootie from 6-9p, playing the best from the 70’s & 80’s. Bring your dancing shoes! On Sunday, Church Services and the Sonshine Band from 11:30-12:30pm, The Tarnished Brass Band begins at 1:00pm. Eulenspiegel Puppet Show presents “She-roes” from 3-4pm. There is no admission fee to the Riverfront Stage Entertainment.
Keosauqua Fall Festival. Arts, Crafts, Wood Crafts, Food vendors will be set up in the downtown area, Senior Center & in the Roberts Memorial Building (Hwy 1 N.) Vendors open Sat. 9a-5p & Sun. 10a-4p.

· Kids Games will be located on Cass St. and will include a Bounce House & Castle, Train, Schmitter’s Petting Zoo and more all weekend.

· Puppets & Storytelling at Nature on First (709 First St.) at 11:30a on Saturday.

The Keosauqua Lions Club will serve all you can eat pancake, sausage & ham breakfast from 7a-10a. Tator Ribbons, Tenderloins, Chicken Strips, Corn Dogs, French Fries, Chili Cheese Fries and NEW Catfish Nuggets will be served beginning at 9a. in the Keosauqua City Park under the big tent.
Cattlemen’s BBQ Lunch begins at 11am in the Keosauqua City Park.
Book Sale at the Keosauqua Public Library, Downtown, with audio books, magazines, children’s books, adult books, VHS movies, and more for free will donation. Friday 12p-4p, all day Saturday & Sunday.
Keosauqua Fairgrounds – Camping with Showers & Electricity ($15 per night). For reservations call Butch Gates at 641-777-9087.

Saturday Only

· Grand Parade 10a theme “We celebrate Van Buren County and its Villages” Line up begins at the Van Buren High School at 8a.

· Our Saviors’ Lutheran Church Soup Supper, Hwy. 1 North will have homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts & drinks for a free will donation. Serving from 4-7p.

Sunday Only

9th Annual Car & Motorcycle Show on First Street featuring classic & unique cars, trucks, hot rods, and motorcycles. Held rain or shine. Registration 10a-12p. Awards at 3p.
Kids Pedal Pull by Hawkeye Pedal Pull downtown on Cass Street registration 1p and pull at 1:30p.

Lacey – Keosauqua State Park

Sunday Only: The 9th Annual Lacey Keosauqua Fall Run & Trail Walk. A 5K, 10K or 2 Mile Trail Walk. Race begins at 9am. Entry Fees: Pre-registration (by 10/7/15) $15, Walk-up $20, & Family $50. Registration 8:15-8:45a on Sunday at the Lodge. The first 60 people will receive a free T-shirt. Registration forms available at

Milton Area

Guided tours of the historic Mormon Graves at Richardson’s Point. Saturday & Sunday 9a-5p. The informative guide will share his knowledge of the events leading up to the encampment at Richardsons Point, where the first deaths along the Mormon Pioneer Trail in 1846 occurred. Tours every 30 minutes. No admission fee. 11251 Rte. J-40, Milton. Watch for signs.

Saturday Only

Milton Creamery will have free samples of over 20 flavors of locally made cheeses and fresh curds. Open 8a-5p
Tractor Show with modern & restored tractors at the Christian Church 301 E. Oak, Milton. 9a-5p.
Hearty home-cooked meal of Chicken & Noodles like Grandma used to make! Serving from 11a-2p at the Christian Church, 301 E. Oak, Milton.


“Color Us Fun” Run/Walk on Friday Oct. 9 at Indian Lake Park, 28163 Willow Ave. Check in: 5p. Start: 5:30p. $25 adults, $15 children. Wear a white shirt or change into your event shirt upon arrival and get doused in color at the final finish line rainbow!
2nd Annual Art Show from 8a-4p at the Community Center, 201 S. 4th St.
Vendors, Brat Burgers & Chili at the Shelterhouse along the River 8a-5 on Sat. & 8a-4p on Sun.
Saturday Only: The miniature Train Room and miniature Doll House display will be open at Hel-Mart, 201 State St. Sat. 9a-5p. No admission fee.
Pioneer Historical Museum (205 S. 4th St., next to Casey’s) will feature free guided Museum Tours, and a program on the “Honey War” including the story of the Honey War, signing of the Honey War song, and a honey bee presentation. Sat. 9a-5p and Sun. 12p-4p
Books Are Fun Book Fair by the Farmington UMC, will be held at the Bridge Cafe with proceeds going to Christmas for Kids, Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 8am-9pm, & Sunday 12-3pm.

For more information visit: or call 800-868-7822 / 319-293-7111