Bethel is located in Shelby County north of Shelbyville and west of Hannibal along Highway 15, near the South Fabius River. It was established as a religious commune; some members left for Oregon, where they founded Aurora. The colony disbanded in 1879.
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06/09 Coming to The area
Art on Main Fine Arts Festival Canton IL June1-2 This inaugural fine arts festival will feature original art from the best of our Midwest artists. Come to view and to purchase excellent art pieces in a variety of categories: Painting / Drawing, Jewelry, Clay / Ceramic, Photography, Glass, Sculpture, Woven Textiles, and Wood.
Burlington Steamboat Days Burlington IA June11-16 There are two stages on the concert grounds; the South Stage presents local bands and has two performances every evening, except Sunday night which has an early performance only. We also have a carnival midway with over 25 rides presented and many carnival games you can step up and play.
Farmington Strawberry Festival Farmington IA June14-16 Crafts, antiques, collectibles, games, and food booths are just a few of the things you will find lining the streets of the downtown area on these three days in June.
Western Illinois Fair Griggsville IL June26-30 Loads of fun for the whole family. Food, entertainment, rides, games, agricultural exhibits, animals, commercial vendors, kids activities, plus a whole lot more.
Promise Land Music Festival Ottumwa IA July12-13 Music Festival dedicated to bringing Fun, Affordable, Positive Entertainment to Southeast Iowa while introducing talented musicians to Southeast Iowa.
Oskaloosa Sweet Corn Serenade Oskaloosa IA August1 This family festival features good food, numerous children's activities sponsored by area civic organizations, a wide variety of musical entertainers and a large craft show. Delicious sweet corn fresh cooked for only 25¢, Pork burgers, pie and ice cream are available for a small charge. This event also features pedal tractor pull, a pie baking contest, and a corn shucking contest just to name a few. This event alone typically brings over 5,000 patrons to downtown Oskaloosa.