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It's all about the simple life here in south central Iowa. Nestled in the rolling hills of southern Iowa, Chariton is known for our redbud trees, homemade candy, and more. 

Learn more about what we have to offer, including upcoming events as well as seasonal attractions. We hope to see you soon!

Photo Credit: Sharon Wilhite

Friends of the Chariton
Airport Fly-In/Drive-In

Aviators and drivers alike are invited to the Chariton Airport each fall. Spectators can enjoy a free breakfast and view airplanes - both on the ground and in the air. Youngsters ages 8 - 17 may also participate in the Young Eagles program and enjoy a free ride in the sky. 

Photo Credit: Friends of the Chariton Airport

Lucas County Arts Festival

Southern Iowa artists, photographers, and craftsmen are invited to showcase their talent each year during Lucas County Arts Council's annual Arts Festival. Find a variety of sculptures, paintings, illustrations, fabric art, jewelry, and photos as well as delicious food and live musicians all in one location. 

Photo Credit: Frank Meyers

Pierce's Pumpkin Patch

Since 1981, Pierce's Pumpkin Patch has been supplying southern Iowa with over 145 varieties of pumpkin, squash, and gourds - all of which are handplanted by a multi-generation family of pumpkin farmers. 

Visitors can enjoy live animals, a haybale maze, and delicious fall treats, including caramel apples, apple cider, and more. Be sure to ask about the World War II airplane parked near Highway 14! 

Photo Credit: Sharon Wilhite

Soup and Bread Taste Fair

On the third Wednesday in November, visitors can enjoy a taste of southern Iowa at the annual Soup & Bread Taste Fair. Local organizations dig out their best soup and bread recipes to benefit Lucas County Health Center's Volunteer Services program. 


Looking for more community events? Check out our Community Calendar and make plans to attend local events.