Events & Festivals

Rhubacue on the River & 5k
June 11 2022

Manchester’s Rhubarb Fest is joining together with Riverfest in downtown Manchester! Visit vendors, try rhubarb brats, pie, ice cream and other samples and items in the Rhubarb store. See demonstrations and learn safety techniques along Manchester’s White Water Park. This is a full day, family-fun event that truly has something for everyone. A run and bike ride will kick off the morning at this new location to give more space and bring everyone together in Manchester.

Edgewood Rodeo
June 2022

Edgewood Pro Rodeo Days. Our town-wide celebration takes place the last weekend in June. Edgewood Rodeo Days takes place in small town Edgewood, Iowa. Whether it’s your first rodeo, or one of many, the Edgewood Rodeo is an experience you will always remember. Explore our brand new website to find out more about the events that are going on throughout the last weekend of June in Edgewood, Iowa. It doesn’t get much better than the Annual Edgewood Pro Rodeo Days.

Ryan Car Show
June 2022

The crown jewel of car shows that you don’t want to miss! Awards will be given to  fifteen cars by people’s choice. Proceeds are going to restore the 1913 building in Ryan. There will be food vendors and fun for kids. Stick around for the Ryan Celebration with a parade following the car show. Entertainment at the ball park and fireworks at dusk.

Delaware County Fair 2022
July 11-17, 2022

Located in Manchester, Iowa, the Delaware County Fair continues to provide
the best summer entertainment. From local 4H, FFA and other youth
organization exhibits to outstanding grandstand events, this year’s fair is
sure to have something for every age!

With so much to do, you and your family will find there’s not nearly enough
time to experience everything the county fair has to offer!

​Bacon-N-Hops Fest
August 6, 2022

The Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to bring back Bacon-N-Hops
Fest! Come on out for live music, bacon samples and creations, and beer
samples! Tickets are on sale for $20 and include all the samples, plus
entrance into the band, Time Machine, who is making their return to
Manchester this year! Tickets at the door are $25 and tickets for the band
only will be available that evening for $5. We are proud to be partnering
with the Country Cruisers Manchester and will have the cruise end right at the event so you can check out the cars as well!

Delaware County Historical Society Programs

         Farmer’s Market: The Delaware County Historical Museum campus hosts outdoor vendors for the Farmer’s Market on Thursdays 3:00 p.m. to 6: 00 p.m. beginning the 1st Thursday of June ending the 1st Thursday of October.
Various vendors set up under the beautiful tree canopy to sell vegetables, baked goods, maple syrup, potted herbs and hand crafted items. All vendors are local individuals who have a variety of goods to please everyone. 
Enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and goodies this year on Thursdays beginning June 2, 20221 ending October 6, 2022 3:00 pm to 6:00pm.
For more information, or if you want to become a vendor, call Margie Meehan at 563-920-7704. 

     Butterfly Release:  In 2019, the museum grounds hosted its first monarch butterfly release in the shadow of the Civil War monument. The campus setting is idyllic with mature trees, filtered sunlight and a flower garden with monarch habitat.
Our inaugural release was preceded by music and began with an invocation. Each butterfly is released separately in remembrance of a life lost.  For this writer, the release was symbolic and emotional.
We have designated the 1st Sunday of August as the annual Butterfly Release day. For 2022 the event will be August 7th beginning at 12 noon. Butterflies are sold as a fundraising event. To purchase a butterfly or for more information contact Margie Meehan 563-920-7704.

     Lenox Day: The Delaware County Historical Society hosts the Lenox Day celebration the last Sunday of August beginning at 9:00 a.m. ending at 3:00 p.m. The activities are held on the museum’s historic Lenox College campus. 
A lunch stand has been available on the grounds.  Generally, snow cones, cotton candy and fresh apple fritters are also sold.
Activities throughout the day include handcrafted item vendors, direct sales vendors, silent auction and music by local musicians. For the kids, there are inflatable bounce houses, face painting, barrel wagon rides and old fashioned games.
A meat smoking competition was introduced at the last Lenox Day event. 2021 plans include an expanded version of the competition.
All the buildings are open and hosted throughout the day. You can purchase a wrist band on the grounds so that you may tour the museum buildings and view the collections.  Lenox Day is a fundraiser for the museum with proceeds used for restoration and maintenance.
2022 Lenox Day is scheduled for August 28 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  For more information contact Craig Lange at (319) 480-6684 and follow Delaware County Historical Museum Facebook page for updates. 

     Radio Dinner Theater: In previous years, the Historical Society has hosted a Radio Dinner Theater in the fall.  At this time, there has been no decision made regarding the Radio Dinner Theater for 2022. 
Please follow our Facebook page, Delaware County Historical Museum, for updates regarding this event. 


River Runner Regatta and Cardboard Boat Race
August @ 2:00 – 10:00 pm

The Franklin Street Brewing Company annually holds the River Runner Regatta and Cardboard Boat Race at the Manchester Whitewater Park. The brewery, right across the street from the park, thought it would be fun to have cardboard boats race down the rapids and turned the event into a community-wide party! The Regatta brings out the creativity of participants as they design and construct boats made of nothing but cardboard and inspiration. Volunteers assist the cardboard boaters, both in the water and on the ground and winners receive great prizes from a variety of businesses throughout the community.

Backbone Area Artists Tour
September, 2022

The Backbone Area Artists Tour is a picturesque, self-driven tour through the “Backbone Area’s” most intriguing art galleries. Spend the weekend exploring pottery, woodwork, jewelry, olive oil, stained glass, and MORE with fun pit-stops along the way! Along the way, enjoy nature’s beauty of Iowa’s first state park: Backbone, the Delaware Crossing Scenic Byway, rolling hills and picturesque views. Hunker down for the night at a cozy hotel or B&B after a fun evening enjoying a delicious craft beer, local wine, or a sweet treat. See you in September!

Hot Rods & Harleys Car Show
October 2022

Hot Rods & Harleys is presented by the Hopkinton Lions Club and it has grown to become Northeast Iowa’s Premier Outdoor Fall Car Show. Hot Rods and Harleys is located in Historic Hopkinton, Iowa and it is known for its unique custom built awards, prestigious Lenox Award, awesome goody bags, great food and friendly staff! Hot Rods & Harleys is open to all makes and models of Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles & Hot Rods. Each year we feature a “Showcase Vehicle” with special parking and their own special awards. Our show is located in a small town – downtown setting with paved street parking area. The Hopkinton Lions Club has a 50/50 drawing for those who chose to take part. Sizzlin’ Sounds DJ will keep you entertained throughout the day. We also feature Live Entertainment, Especially For The Ladies Vendor Area and a Feature Vehicle Display. If you enjoy awesome cars, trucks & bikes – this is the place you need to be the First Sunday of October! Come enjoy some small town hospitality, awesome vehicles and great food too! And oh ya… Be sure to try one of the Lions Clubs Famous Tenderloins!

Sister Hill Event & Retreats

This elegantly restored Victorian home offers unique amenities in Manchester, IA. Let Sister Hill become your home away from home. Whether that be a full service event or a hands off weekend stay. We want your experience to be truly memorable and relaxing.