The first annual descent on Blackhawk Bluff will take place this Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23.

The Driftless Drift is a two-day celebration of the beauty of the Upper Iowa River Valley. Events begin at 3 p.m. this Saturday at Fish Farm Mounds, three miles south of New Albin on Highway 26, with live music. At 5 p.m., picnic-style food will be available from the Oneota Food Co-op for a suggested donation. Live music will continue throughout the evening, and documentaries will be shown after dark for those who are interested.

Music includes the folk-rocky goodness of Paul Lawrence, and some country classics and delta blues from Jeff Morgan of the Beef Slough Boys from Fountain City, Wis., a neighbor in the Driftless Region. Morgan sings and plays river songs on resophonic and flattop guitars, banjo-uke, and harmonica, as well as originals the band calls "sloughgrass."

The Driftless Drift is a free, low-impact, solar-powered event encouraging all things local, promoting tourism and appreciation for the beauty of Northeast Iowa. People are invited to enjoy the scenery in a leisurely way as they drift to the event by canoe, bike or taking the meandering roads.

"Everyone is encouraged to get out and connect with neighbors in the region, recreate and relish in nature," said the organizers in a press release.

"Free-will donations will be appreciated to help us cover event costs."

Any proceeds will be donated to directly benefit tourism in Allamakee and Winneshiek counties. Blackhawk Bluff is a local treasure known for its rich history and spectacular view, named after the legendary Sac/Fox (Sauk/Meskwaki) warrior, and significant for its role in the Battle of Bad Axe in 1832, effectively ending the Black Hawk War.

The beautiful Fish Farm Mounds State Preserve is an important three-acre cemetery and prehistoric mound group. The site is located on the southern part of a 576-acre Fish Farm Mounds Wildlife Area.

The Iowa Preserve contains 30 conical mounds in a wide variety of sizes. These mounds were built by indigenous peoples from 100 B.C. through 650 A.D. The adjoined wildlife area is wooded and abundant with life. Free camping is available.

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