Tourism Lucas County Welcomes You!

Welcome to, 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!

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Check out both EVENTS and CALENDAR above for the so many things to do in Lucas County! Plan now for these events.

Annual Hay Bale Art Contest

Tedd Bear - Blacks 2012September 15 – October 31, 2014
Time to vote for your favorite bale art.

Click here to be directed to on-line voting!
For hay bale art locations, click here.
Please vote only once per day.

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.

Click here to view the registration form.

DSCF7741Art Attack & Arts Festival

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.


November 28 – “Home for the Holidays” Themed Parade and Lighted Window Displays

The Vredenburg Performing Series – brought to you by the Lucas County Arts Council

December 4, 2014 – “Ball in the House”

7:00 p.m. Johnson Auditorium

Following in the path of classic harmony groups like Boyz II Men, The Temptations, and Take 6, while incorporating the pop and neo-soul influence of artists like Bruno Mars, Daft Punk, and Pharrell Williams, the five member band, Ball in the House, will move audiences and make the audiences move. Individual tickets at the door $15.


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.