Calendar of Events
for Lee County, Iowa
& Lewis and Clark Counties, Missouri
   
We regularly update this calendar to provide you with up to date information on a variety of events that take place in the Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri Tri-State Area. Changes are made when we gather more information or when we learn of an event. If you know of an event that you would like to see posted contact the webmaster. We hope you enjoy the events you choose to attend. 
   

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
Fort Madison, IA
  Through July 31, 2014
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Fort Madison Area Arts Association Gallery, 825 Avenue G
Curt Swarm is certainly a Midwestern style Renaissance man, adept at literature, photography, and sculptural musings.  Although Curt is probably best known for his writing, his Empty Nest column has ran for 15 years, featuring human interest stories circulated in 20 Iowa newspapers he came into the Fort Madison Area Arts Association as a participant in the Annual Photography show in 2008. He has won monetary awards in the December Member Annual Show three out of the last four years in varying mediums. For this exhibit he has selected many of his favorites in canvas wrap format providing sharp imaging.
Free
For information call call 319-372-3996
  or visit the gallery's website

CLARK COUNTY FAIR
K
ahoka, MO
  July 23 - July 27, 2014
Clark County Fairgrounds, 244 West Main

Special events, variety of foods, parade, 4H, livestock, and agricultural exhibits.
For information call 660-341-6821
  or visit the clarkcountyfairkahoka.com website

SWEET CORN FESTIIVAL
West Point, IA
  August 7 - August 10, 2014
Town Square
Thousands of visitors come to West Point for the annual Sweet Corn Festival, a premier tri-state attraction traditionally conducted during the second week of August from Thursday thru Sunday inclusive, in the town square. All you can eat FREE sweet corn and FREE stage entertainment. Barbecue pork chop or chicken dinners served daily. Archway Amusements Midway, arts and crafts, bingo, 5K & 10K run, queen crowning, children’s contests, mini-garden tractor pulls, parade and more!
Free
For information call 319-837-6228

WATERMELON FESTIVAL

Montrose, IA
  August 14 - August 16, 2014
The Festival opens at 5 pm on Thursday and Friday and after the parade on Saturday
Since 1945 the community of Montrose has been holding this festival that features free watermelon, great food, crafts, town-wide garage sales, and entertainment. A Watermelon Parade is held on Saturday morning.

Free
For information call 319-463-5533

ROLLIN' ON THE RIVER
BLUES FEST

Keokuk, IA
  August 15 - August 16, 2014
Victory Park, Mississippi Drive on the riverfront
Friday Evening and Saturday Afternoon and Evening
This event has been called “Iowa's Best Fest by a Dam Site” and through the years, “Rollin' on the River” has presented some of the finest in blues music, everyone from A to Z (Anson Funderburg to Buckwheat Zydeco). Come down, join the crowd and support your town's music festival this August. You'll be Rockin' and Rollin' on the River front!

Admission
For information call 319-524-7447 or 1-800-383-1219
  or visit www.keokukbluesfest.com
 

BIG BUCKLE BASH
Fort Madison, IA
  Saturday, August 16, 2014
5 pm - 11 pm
700 - 900 blocks of Avenue C, downtown Fort Madison

This annual event is a boot scootin’ good-time for adults and families, alike! The event a Classic Car Cruise In, Lil’ Miss Fort Madison contest, Mechanical Bull, Hot Wings Contest, Pony Rides, Clown and Face Painting, shopping, and more! Live musical acts will be playing your country favorites while you dance in the street!

Admission
For information call
319-372-5471
     

TRI-STATE RODEO
Fort Madison, IA
  September 3 - September 6, 2014
C.E. "Eddie" Richards Arena, 2094 303rd Avenue
Since 1947, Fort Madison has hosted one of the nation’s top professional rodeos in a 10,000 seat outdoor arena that plays host to four performances. The PRCA Rodeo action begins every year the Wednesday after Labor Day and provides quality contestants in all the areas of rodeo, from the bronc riding, bull riding, barrel racing to the crowning of the Miss Iowa Rodeo. If you are planning to attend the rodeo, get your reservations in quickly since the area fills up with other fans of quality rodeos.
Admission

For information call 319-372-2550 or 1-800-369-3211
SIEGE OF 1812 WEEKEND
Fort Madison, IA
  September 6 - September 7, 2014
9 am - 5 pm
Old Fort Madison, Avenue H (US 61) at Riverview Park
Buckskinners, mountain men, Indians, traders and craftsmen will descend upon Riverview Park and camp around the walls of the Old Fort on Rodeo Weekend to hawk their wares and spin some yarns. Reenactors will recreate the War of 1812 siege of the fort with simulated battles. A frontier rendezvous will give visitors a glimpse into what the fort was like as a "factory" trading post.
Free, admission to tour the Fort

For information call 319-372-6318 or 1-800-210-8687

CLARK COUNTY
MULE FESTIVAL
K
ahoka, MO
  September 19 - September 21, 2014
Clark County Fairgrounds, East Main Street
People from all over the United States came to see mules in a variety of contests and races, see the area’s best hand-made crafts, taste a variety of foods, and go on a trail ride. A Rodeo is held on Saturday night. Camping is available
.
Admission
For information call 660-866-2330 or 660-727-3295
  or visit www.clarkcountymulefestival.com

FALL FESTIVAL
Donnellson, IA
  Saturday, September 20, 2014
Railroad Park, Main Street
A wonderful, family-oriented festival. The festival starts with a free a pancake breakfast. Activities at Railroad Park include games, an apple-peeling contest, tours of the Depot, a Craft Alley, a water fight competition, a basketball contest, a car show, tractors, and much, much more for the young and the young at heart. Musical entertainment also featured during the day and into the evening. Also featured are a city-wide scarecrow contest and an apple exhibit from Apple Berry Orchards. Come out and enjoy a beautiful fall September day!
Free

For information call 319-835-5131

ART IN CENTRAL PARK
Fort Madison, IA
  Sunday, September 21, 2014
10 am - 5 pm
Central Park, 9th Street & Avenue E
This annual art event is held in Fort Madison’s historic Central Park, which encompasses a picturesque bandstand, a lovely fountain, and shaded lawns. This setting provides a wonderful atmosphere for the public to enjoy art, entertainment, and other activities. In addition to the artists that will be displaying their wares in almost every medium are a number who will be providing demonstrations as well. The Fort Madison Area Arts Association will be providing a wide range of refreshments.
Free

For information call 319-372-3996
VETERANS' DAY CEREMONY
Keokuk, IA
  Tuesday, November 11, 2014
11 am
Keokuk National Cemetery, 1701 J. Street
Keokuk honors the men and women who served with honor in the United States Armed Forces at one of twelve original national cemeteries designated by the U.S. Congress
.
Free
For information call 319-524-5599 or 1-800-383-1219
PARADE OF LIGHTS
Fort Madison, IA
  Friday, November 28, 2014
6 pm - 8 pm
Downtown Fort Madison
For over 20 years groups in Fort Madison have been building lighted floats and organizing the Parade of Lights. This is truly a lighted parade with over 50 floats. This is a time to bring your family and friends to Fort Madison's Main Street District for "the lighting of the buildings" followed by the largest lighted parade in the Southeast Iowa region and create a holiday tradition. Following the parade, the lighted floats will be on display in Riverview Park through the first week in January.
Free
For information call 319-372-5471
CITY OF KEOKUK
CHRISTMAS
DISPLAY OF LIGHTS

Keokuk, IA
  November 28 - December 26, 2014
Friday, November 29
Sunday through Thursday: 5 pm - 10 pm
Friday and Saturday: 5 pm - midnight
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: 5 pm - 1 am

Old favorites and new additions are part of City of Christmas that features approximately 100 displays and nearly one million lights. Visitors to the display will be able to tune into the “Voice of City of Christmas” at 90.1 on their FM radio dial as they near Rand Park and to listen to holiday carols and hear the story of City of Christmas and comments about the various displays as they travel through the myriad of lights and displays.
Free
For information call 319-524-5599 or 1-800-383-1219
PARADE OF LIGHTS
FLOAT DISPLAY

Fort Madison, IA
  November 28 - December 31, 2014
Riverview Park
For over 20 years groups in Fort Madison have been building lighted floats and organizing the Parade of Lights in November. Following the parade, the lighted floats are on display in Riverview Park through the
end of December.
Free
For information call 319-372-5471

BALD EAGLE
APPRECIATION DAYS

Keokuk, IA
  January 17 - January 18, 2015
Victory Park and River City Mall, 200 Main Street
Victory Park: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
River City Mall: 9 am - 5 pm
At Victory Park personnel from the Lee County Conservation Board, Iowa DNR, Illinois DOC and the US Army Corps of Engineers will staff viewing points with spotting scopes to enable visitors to see the large gathering of bald eagles that congregate at Keokuk because of Lock and Dam #19. Activities at the River City Mall include DNR agencies from Iowa, Illinois and Missouri displays, Wood Carvers’ Show, Native American Traders Row & educational booths, Native American drumming, singing & dancing, and storytelling, and World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis live bird presentations.
Free

For information call 319-524-5599 or 1-800-383-1219

KEOKON 7

Keokuk, IA
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
March, 2015

Heritage Center, 508 Main Street
KeoKon was founded in 2007. What began as a family and few friends sharing the love and knowledge of science fiction has grown to provide the Tristate area with a forum for fandom of science fiction, technology, gaming, and fantasy. Costumes are always encouraged in our family friendly environment. The noontime tradition of Celebrating Captain Kirks birthday continues amongst Steampunk enthusiasts, artisans, gamers, and lovers of all things fantasy and Sci-Fi. Forums include technology, costuming, gaming, paranormal, and comics.
Free to the public, but showing your support by contributing $10 gets you extra amenities
.
For information call 319-524-4748
  or visit the keokon7 website

BATTLE OF PEA RIDGE
CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT

Keokuk, IA
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
April, 2015

Rand Park and other locations in Keokuk
If you are interested in the Civil War and want to get "up close and personal" with history then you will truly enjoy your time at this annual Civil War Reenactment. Activities include a Ladies Program and Tea, a Military Ball, Breakfast with the Troops, a National Cemetery Memorial and Church Service, campfires and two Battle Reenactments.  While in Rand Park, visitors can tour the camps, visit Sutler’s Row, snack on period food and enjoy period entertainment.
Activities at Rand Park are free, other activities may involve a fee
.
For information call 319-524-5599 or 1-800-383-1219
  or visit the keokukiowatourism.org website

TRI-RENNE FAIRE

Keokuk, IA
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
June, 2015

Tolmey Park, North 17th & High Streets
Experience the Renaissance at this faire that features Society for Creative Anachronism demonstrations of archery, dancing, music, pyrates, and more! Meet a fairy tale princess on Sunday. Princess or pyrate workshops for little ones (ages 5-9, must preregister and includes snack and activities) for only $5 @ 1 pm on Sunday.
Admission

For information call 319-795-7191
RIFLES, RAPTORS & RE-ENACTORS
Fort Madison, IA
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
June, 2015

1 pm - 5 pm
Old Fort Madison, Avenue H (US 61) at Riverview Park
This annual event celebrates the history of Fort Madison. The event will include history reenactment programs, raptors from the World Bird Sanctuary and other wildlife. On display will be Native American artifacts and military weapons, World Bird Sanctuary, Blank Park Zoo, Department of Natural Resources, There will be buggy rides, pioneer games, refreshments and more. Come enjoy the day learning about Fort Madison, where Iowa was born.
Free, admission to tour the Fort

For information call 319-372-6318 or 1-800-210-8687
HISTORIC FOURTH OF
JULY CELEBRATION

Fort Madison, IA
  Friday, July 4, 2014
1 pm - 5 pm
Old Fort Madison, Avenue H (US 61) at Riverview Park
Come and celebrate the birth of our nation in the military fashion of the early Republic. The Old Fort’s staff and volunteers will recreate the Independence Day celebrations commonly seen at United States military posts across the country in the early nineteenth century. Watch as the garrison fires thirteen shots in accompaniment with the officers' thirteen toasts in a period commemoration of the America's freedom. The ceremony will begin at 1 pm.
Free, admission to tour the Fort

For information call 319-372-7700 x 274

FOURTH OF JULY
FESTIVITIES

Fort Madison, IA
  Friday, July 4, 2014
Avenue G & Riverview Park
The Charlie Korschgen "kiddies parade," held on Avenue G in downtown Fort Madison at 10 am, is the oldest 4th of July kiddie parade in the nation having been held continuously since 1913. At dusk, view a spectacular fireworks display in Riverview Park.
Free

For information call 319-372-5472 or 1-800-210-8687

FOURTH OF JULY
FESTIVITIES

Keokuk, IA
  Friday, July 4, 2014
Rand Park
Celebrate the United States' birthday with a wide range of activities at Rand Park including games, live entertainment, and various contests. Fireworks conclude the festivities at 9 pm.
Free

For information call 319-524-5056

LEE COUNTY FAIR
Donnellson, IA
  July 9 - July 13, 2014
Lee County Fairgrounds, 1100 N. Main Street
The first Lee County Fair was held in 1841 making it the oldest country fair in Iowa. The Lee County Fair has continued to grow and add many attractions over the years. Present day fair-goers find many different exhibitions; not only livestock and farm, but garden produce, art, sewing, and just any type of hobby or trade you can think of. Grand Stand events include tractor pulls, sprint car races, and a demolition derby. The Lee County Fair has something for everyone.
Admission

For information call 319-470-0231
  or visit the leecountyfairiowa.com website

LEWIS COUNTY FAIR
Lewistown, MO
  July 9 - July 13, 2014
Lewis County Fairgrounds, 1 mile east of Lewistown on US-61

Special events, variety of foods, parade, 4H, livestock, and agricultural exhibits.
For information call 573-497-2770
  or visit the fair's website
   

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