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.

Farmers Market on the Town Square

Click on CALENDAR above to find the Farmers Market dates from June through October. Generally, the market is on Thursday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to coincide with times when our businesses on the Square stay open to expand your shopping opportunities!

There are so many reasons why the Farmers Market on the Town Square should be on your schedule to attend!

  • Fresh produce tastes better and lasts longer.
  • You are buying from people who are passionate about what they grow
  • The products have not traveled halfway around the world
  • Some of what is sold will fit in your suitcase!
  • It’s a beautiful day and you want to do something outside
  • It’s fun to go to the market and people watch
  • It’s more personal than the grocery store

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ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION – July 3, 4, & 5

Chariton’s 3-day Fourth of July Celebration is shaping up to be a fun for all event, including a carnival, bingo, music, small engine tractor pull, kiddie races, monster arm wrestling, fire department water fights, a father/daughter dance, a parade (of course!), many contests (Parent-Child Look A-likes, baby crawling, watermelon eating, hot dog eating, Big T water balloon toss) and much more – PLUS (of course!) colorful and exciting and awesome FIREWORKS.


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Lucas County Fair – July 26 – August 31, 2014

A beautiful, locally created, quilt is always raffled off as a forerunner to the Lucas County Fair.

Family fun at the 6-day Lucas County Fair offers a vacation opportunity and a vast number of enjoyable activities. Based on previous year’s schedules, events are expected to include all the usual animal exhibits and competitions, including dog, horse, goats, rabbit, and other pet shows. For a full schedule and list of scheduled activities, check out EVENT for a full calendar to be available around June 20.


Annual Hay Bale Art Contest

Tedd Bear - Blacks 2012PLAN AHEAD FOR FALL! 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. For more details, click EVENTS above.