Date(s) - October 1, 2021 - October 3, 2021
Fort Madison, IA
River & Rail weekend is set for October 1, 2 & 3 2021. Join us in beautiful Fort Madison, Iowa for a weekend of good friends, good food and great music! Come out and meet the Virtual Railfan team for this action packed weekend. We will be offering dinner both Friday and Saturday night as well as a live band. We will have vendors, events and tours during the weekend including a river cruise to get up and close to the swing bridge spanning the mighty Mississippi River. We hope you will join us for this amazing event. Early bird pricing is available and there is plenty of lodging space as well.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2021
FORT MADISON, IA
4-6pm: Meet & Greet at the Kingsley Inn
3-6pm: Lake Cooper Loop Showcase in the Club Room of the Kingsley Inn
6-7:30pm: All you can eat Catfish Dinner at the Fort Madison Elk’s Club
7:30pm: “Welcome” from Lake Cooper Loop Group and Virtual Railfan
8-10pm: Drinks at the Lost Duck or River Rocks Bar
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2021
FORT MADISON, IA
8-9am: BREAKFAST- COBBLESTONE INN ($5 breakfast for non guests.)
8am-3pm: Coal Haus Wood Fired Foods Truck
8am-12pm: Donut Food Truck
9am: BREAKFAST WITH AN ENGINEER – 1 hour Q&A with a veteran BNSF Engineer while he shows slides from his many years on a train
9am-5pm OLD FORT MADISON
9am-5pm: FORT MADISON RIVERFRONT PAVILLION (Information Center)
- Operation Life Saver
- Scale Train – 50 State Road Trip Tour
- Large deck & pier to view the river and rails
DEPOT: Amtrak Platform & Santa Fe Way Car
- 10a-4pm N. Lee County Historic Society Museum
- CB&Q Depot & Sky Walk
- AT&SF Steam Locomotive 2913
8am-5pm: KEOKUK AREA TOURISM BUREAU 429 Main Street (Information Center)
9am-5pm VERITY RIVERBOAT MUSEUM
All day: KEOKUK UNION DEPOT
All day: CAR SHOW
All day: OBSERVATION DECK- Stream Time Live cam
5pm: KEOKUK YACHT CLUB –Social Hour | 6pm Steak Dinner | 8pm Captain Geech & the Shrimp Shack Shooters
9am….. 11am….. 1pm….. 3pm: HOFFMAN MANSION, 2 Cooper Street (Information Center) – this palatial home will be open for a unique tour called “Around The World In 80 Minutes” and given by it’s owner, Jim Hoffman. $35 per person and limited to 30 visitors per session.
GEODE HUNTING Mine for Iowa’s state rock at: Wildcat Springs Jacob’s Geodes
ILLINOIS GREAT RIVER ROAD
8am-5pm: NAUVOO TOURISM BUREAU, 1295 Mulholland Street (Information Center)
All day: 5TH ANNUAL SCARECROW FESTVAL Over thirty-five scarecrows will be on display along the Mulholland Street business district. Take advantage of the “Photo Frame” oppor-tunity to have memories captured using your cell phone or camera.
BAXTERS WINERY & VINEYARD
NAUVOO FUDGE FACTORY
HISTORIC NAUVOO Reservations must be made for these tours
8am-5pm: LINGER LONGER PARK – enjoy views of the widest part of the Mississippi River and the passing trains from this roadside park.
From Linger Longer, travel into the small town on Montrose, IA known for it’s annual Watermelon Festival held in August and it’s rich history with button making from river shells. Follow the winding Great River Road Scenic Road into Keokuk, IA.
11am-3pm: FALL FARMERS MARKET MONTROSE RIVERFRONT, INC. 203 N. 1st Street (Information Center) — Fall lunch of hand breaded tenderloins, side salad, pumpkin bars and a drink.
- Button cutting machine
- Train car photo opportunity
- Steam Whistle
- Museum and Observation deck
1-4pm: CANOE/KAYAK DROP IN EVENT At Lee County Conservation Area. Enjoy free boating on the Mississippi River! Oars, canoes, kayaks and life jackets are provided. Guests are welcome to bring their own boats and drop in at this location too!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2021
FORT MADISON, IA
8am: Welcome the American Melody Riverboat from the Pavilion
8am-noon: Food Trucks by Pavilion
9am Riverboat passengers disembark to visit town
10am: SPEAKER – “Life On The Way Car” 35 year of Santa Fe and BNSF will speak about his past work experience and life on the way car.
2pm AMERICAN MELODY DEPARTS NORTH
10am….12:30pm…..3pm…..5:30pm (twilight tour): MISSISSIPPI RIVERBOAT TOURS Leaving from the Southside Boat Club Tour the river and lock through Lock #19, the tallest lock drop on the Mississippi at 38’
Bookings are closed for this event.