Tourism Lucas County Welcomes You!
Welcome to LucasCountyTourism.org, the official online visitors guide to Chariton, Russell, Lucas, Williamson, and Derby, Iowa, providing complete visitor information and travel planning resources.
This site includes everything you need to plan a great getaway, including information on Red Haw State Park, Stephens State Forest, Pin Oak Marsh and Lodge, Chariton Country Club, Airport, and more.
Looking for even more to enjoy during your visit? Our Calendar of Events is just a click away!
No matter what you are looking to do, see, or explore, particularly if it relates to the great outdoors, you can find it here in Lucas County!
For more information about the area, visit IowaTourism.com.
WE ARE PERFECT FOR YOUR OUTDOOR GETAWAY!
(REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR CAMERA!)
Check out both EVENTS and CALENDAR above for the so many things to do in Lucas County! Plan now for these events.
September 15 – October 31, 2014
Time to vote for your favorite bale art.
BRING YOUR KIDS AND YOUR CAMERAS!
Over a thousand people are drawn to Lucas County every fall to see the entries in the annual Hay Bale Art contest. This “to do” is a “must bring your camera” event! Tour maps are available for the locations of the dozens exhibits of just how innovative and creative are the people who live here. In the past, contestants have created from hay bales famous characters (a character from Duck Dynasty and even some Minions from the movie “Despicable Me”), pets, vehicles, tractors, angels, a covered wagon, a doughnut and cup of coffee, a monster truck, spider, and other designs made out of both small and large bales of hay. The purpose behind the contest is for you to have a fun and entertaining way to celebrate the importance of farm land in the area and appreciate our agricultural heritage. While traveling the roadways to find the “art”, enjoy the fall colors and other scenery of the area. At day’s end, be sure to vote for your favorite piece of art. Click here for more details.
September 25, 2014 – “Map of My Kingdom.”
This performance is a play commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa and written by Iowa’s Poet Laureate Mary Swander. “Map of My Kingdom” tackles the critical issue of land transition. In the play, Angela Martin, a lawyer and mediator in land transition disputes, shares stories of how farmers and landowners she has worked with over the years approached their land transitions. Some families struggled to resolve the sale or transfer of their land, dissolving relationships. Others found peacefully rational solutions that focused not only on viability of the family, but also of the land that is the tie that binds all of the stories together. Performed at the Freight House.
October 18-25, 2014
The Art Attack is a week long event that runs from October 18, 2014 through October 25 with local area artists showcasing their work in local businesses and public spaces. Area businesses stay open until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday nights during the week to allow extra time for viewing the artwork on exhibit and for everyone to vote on their favorite piece.
The Lucas County Art Council’s annual Fall Art Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the Freight House in Chariton from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition to the eclectic array of artwork and refreshments, the announcement will be made of the winners of the Peoples Choice Awards of the local Art Attack. The annual Arts Festival always has a wide variety of art on display and for sale.
JOIN US FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
November 28 – “Home for the Holidays” Themed Parade and Lighted Window Displays
DECEMBER 18 – UGLY SWEATER CONTEST!
The Fifth annual Ugly Sweater Contest will be held Thursday, December 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Judging will be at 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street, the event will be hosted by and at The Office on the west side of the Square.