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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!

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4th of July Celebration

Chariton's 4th of July Celebration is a tradition that many hold near and dear to their heart. 


Festivities include tractor pulls, dunk tank, bingo, bathtub races, a carnival, parade, and more! A live band performs each night and the festivities wrap up with fireworks at Northwest Park. 


Photo Credit: Chariton 4th of July Committee


Flying Anvil 5K

Start your Independence Day celebrations with a BLAST!


Johnson Machine Works' Annual "Flying Anvil" 5K Run/Walk replaces the traditional "shot gun start" with a sonic boom and a dynamite blast that launches a 100-pound anvil into the air. 

Photo Credit: Sharon Wilhite

County Fair

Lucas County Fair Association hosts the annual Lucas County Fair the second to last Friday through following Thursday of July. 


All 4-H, FFA , clover sprouts, and open class exhibitors are welcome  to exhibit their projects at the fair. Other events include the crowning of the fair queen, live concerts, and more.

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Golf fun day

Tee up and hit the fairway for Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street's Annual Golf Fun Day! This local golf tournament offers a fun-filled day for 4-person teams for just $160.

The 2023 Golf Fun Day will take place on Thursday, June 1st at Lakeview Golf and Country Club.

Chariton Farmers Market

Visit the Chariton Farmers Market on the downtown Chariton square each Thursday from 4:00-6:00 pm from May 11 - October 5, 2023! 

Our vendors sell fresh produce, baked goods, honey, eggs, kettle corn, handmade crafts, artwork, home goods and accessories, and more!

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renegade nite on the chariton square

Renegade Nite on the Chariton Square is a family-friendly event hosted in the heart of Chariton’s downtown that brings people from all over Iowa and surrounding states together for food, fun, music, and more!

John L. Lewis Labor Festival

The city of Lucas celebrates and honors John L. Lewis, mining and labor leader, every year during Labor Day Weekend. Join Lucas businesses and organizations for a breakfast, 5k run/walk, parade, car show, bingo, and more. The evening wraps up with a street dance complete with live music and beverages. 



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

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