Manchester River Days
June 1st-3rd, 2023
Rhubacue on the River Reimagined! Put on by the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce, this will be an event full of fun on the Maquoketa River! The well-loved Rhubarb contests will remain and be surrounded by other events like Music on the Maquoketa, First Friday Farmers Market, community float trip, kids’ games and activities, and a rockin’ street dance to end the weekend on Saturday night. This is a full weekend, family-fun event that truly has something for everyone!
Music on the Maquoketa
June 1, July 6, August 3, 2023
Held on the first Thursday in June, July & August at the Riverfront Park from 6-8 pm. Bring your own lawn chair and drink.
More details to come on the live music line up for this summer!
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 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 24th, 2023
The crown jewel of car shows that you don’t want to miss! Awards will be given by people’s choice, there will be food trucks, kids activities, vendor show, and so much more! Stick around for the Ryan Celebration with a parade following the car show, entertainment, and fireworks at dusk.
Delaware County Fair
July 10-16, 2023
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!
July 29, 2023
Put on by the Delhi Betterment Committee, Delhi Daze is an annual event full of fun for both the kiddos and adults! The event kicks off with the Redneck Relays at Silver Lake Park where prizes are awarded for best costumes, followed by an afternoon filled with carnival games, a parade, food stand, adult obstacle course, cute baby contest, rock climbing wall, inflatables, and more! Come for the fun and stay for the music! A street dance will follow the festivities in Downtown Delhi.
River Runner Regatta and Cardboard Boat Race
August 19, 2023
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.
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, 2022 ending October 1, 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.
Maple Syrup Day: Sap collection begins in early February at the Delaware County Historical Museum in preperation of Maple Syrup Day. A Maple Syrup demonstration for 2023 will be held on Saturday, March 25th at 10:00 am. This is a free, public event and serves as a kickoff to spring weather!
Civil Way Days: 2023 Civil War Days will be held on June 3rd-4th at the Delaware County Historical Museum, also known as Lenox College. This weekend long event in the past has kicked off on Friday with a fish fry and night tours. Saturday includes breakfast by the local 4H group, a parade, and followed by events at the museum grounds. Enjoy Civil War reenactments, food trucks, local vendors, and lots of kid friendly activities!
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 2023 the event will be August 6th. 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. You’ll find lunch available on the grounds, along with snow cones, cotton candy and fresh apple fritters! 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.
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.
2023 Lenox Day is scheduled for August 26 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. Details to come soon! Please follow our Facebook page, Delaware County Historical Museum, for updates regarding this event.
Hot Rods & Harleys Car Show
Hot Rods & Harleys, presented by the Hopkinton Lions Club, 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 offers a 50/50 drawing. 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 yeah… Be sure to try one of the Lions Clubs Famous Tenderloins!
Trail of Terror
October 14, 2023
Silver Lake Park in Delhi makes the perfect haunted forest setting for the Trail of Terror. Put on by the Delhi Betterment Committee, the Trail of Terror leads participants through the trail where they may be met with scary scenes mocked from well-known thriller movies. Offering experiences at different levels of fright, the Trail of Terror is an event many ages can enjoy this fall!
September 22nd-24th, 2023
Enjoy a self-guided tour around beautiful Delaware & Clayton County to artist’s studios and shops. Stop at local eateries if you are hungry or need a drink along the way. Spend the weekend immersed in the beautiful art and scenery of Northeast Iowa.
Sherman’s Pumpkin Farm & Corn Maze
September 2nd – October 31st, 2023
Sherman’s began with Dean and Jackie Sherman selling pumpkins from the back of a truck. Fast forward to today and they’ve been providing families and friends with Fall memories for over four decades. Admission to the Pumpkin Farm is FREE for all and there is minimal fee of $6 to try your luck at the corn maze. At Sherman’s Pumpkin Farm & Corn Maze you’ll find not only a fun filled corn maze, but a wagon ride, wooden pirate ship, fire truck, and train for kids to play on. Along with these fall activities, you can occasionally find live music and food trucks. And don’t forget to purchase your favorite pumpkins to take home and remember your fun filled day!
The 2023 Trunk-Trick-or-Treat event will be held on Saturday, October 29th from 2:00-4:00 pm.
Located at 413 S. Wayne St. Manchester, IA 52057.