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It’s Raining Cats & Dogs!

photocredit: www.dzbreaking.com BY: RACHEL SMITH **Warning – Random Rachel-babble ahead** As I’m currently on the tail-end of a basement remodel, I have yet to move into my new office.  At the moment, all my furniture and paperwork, my printer, bookshelves and gigantic safe are piled into the center of the…

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Blame it on the Rum

photocredit: sunnyjim.com BY: RACHEL SMITH   With all the running around to events and activities and such things of summer, it’s been a spell since I’ve touched on the Island Fever Showcase. If you haven’t already heard… the incredible sounds of Trop Rock & Roll are coming to the Surf…

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The Best Meals Around

photocredit: lionsclubinternational.com BY: RACHEL SMITH   How are we all doing?  Has everyone recovered from all the 4th of July and Bicycle, Blues & BBQ fun?  I, personally, spent Sunday being a bum on my couch and it felt glorious! But I didn’t have too long to relax.  Oh no,…

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A Commitment of Excellence

BY: RACHEL SMITH   Tradition.  Celebration.  Patriotism and community pride. These words come to mind when I think of the 4th of July in Clear Lake. And let’s not forget:  Fireworks. Carnival rides.  Massive Parade and cheese balls for days! I’m not sure there’s a celebration around that can even…

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Hydrating for Performance and Health

Original Article by Dave Heidloff   At first, hydration might seem like a dry topic, but there is more to it than just drinking water.  Many people may not realize that hydration levels can affect everything from essential bodily functions to your mental and physical performance levels, making it an…

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It Takes A Village

BY: RACHEL SMITH You know that old saying, “It takes a village to raise a family?”  Well, it appears that saying also applies to the organization and execution of running a fantastic event in Clear Lake. We all want the town to prosper.  To grow.  Our stores and restaurants want…

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The Midge-Apocalypse

photocredit: scotsman.com BY: RACHEL SMITH   Luxurious lake living has very few negatives.  Mostly we boast about our magnificent sunsets, of cool lake breezes that float over the patio as we take in the beauty of the perfectly painted landscape in front of us. Alas… there is one teeny, tiny…

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When in Doubt… Pedal it out!

photocredit: yelp.com BY: RACHEL SMITH   It’s something most of us learn as a young child.  Starting with stabilizers… training wheels, if you will.  Then comes the phase where our parents run alongside us, hoping we don’t fall immediately and ruin their progress.  Learning to start, to stop, to make…

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Drop Dead Dangerous

photocredit: wearedropdeaddangerous.com BY: RACHEL SMITH   Things might get a bit dangerous at the Island Fever Showcase in Clear Lake, Iowa. Drop Dead Dangerous, actually. As I was leafing through the Island Fever brochure to decide who the next feature would be on the blog, their name tweaked my interest. …

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Swag for Days!

photocredit: bryttaneeeatonbeauty.com BY: RACHEL SMITH It’s a term used at many events and gatherings.  I hear it often, actually.  But today I thought I’d really dig into the definition and origin of the word SWAG. You see, once upon a time, swag meant the stylish confidence or stature by which…

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5 Ways to Maximize Triathlon Performance

photocredit: active.com Original Article By Ryan Domeyer PT, DPT, CMPT   Participation in triathlons in the United States is at an all-time high according to USA Triathlon, the sport’s governing body in the United States.  The group’s membership has swelled from around 100,000 in 1998 to 550,446 in 2013.  Since…

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A Ticket to Ride

photocredit: dmbeatles.com BY: RACHEL SMITH   After A Hard Day’s Night of working the grind, plugging away at the office so you can pay your bills, only to get up and work Eight Days a Week all over again, it’s time for some fun.  I mean, you don’t want to…

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April is Volunteer Month

photocredit: fortbragglibrary.org BY: RACHEL SMITH   Gandhi is quoted as saying, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service to others.” It’s a common word in our community – volunteer.  Mostly it’s used in a frantic plea as we beg people to please volunteer, please…

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Spring Sports Nutrition

**original article by Candice Reimholz** After this winter, I never thought it would happen, but spring is right around the corner.  Spring sports and training has begun.  Soccer, Baseball/Softball, and Track and Field are about to ramp up.  For the athletes involved at all levels, this means an increased demand…

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National Golfer’s Day

photocredit: chicagotribune.com BY: RACHEL SMITH   I had a brief moment of panic this morning.  The note on my calendar says ‘write about national golf day.’ After equipping myself with coffee and music, my first order of business was to fire up my old friend, Google, and see what I…

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The Reader’s had a Choice, and They Chose…

photocredit: clubpenguin.wikia.com BY: RACHEL SMITH   Each year, the Globe Gazette polls the masses to find their Reader’s Choice in about every category imaginable. This year, the Clear Lake Area Chamber was on the winning end for three of our major events.  THREE!  That’s absolutely incredible and such an honor. …

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Live Like Jimmy Buffett

photocredit: Donny Brewer BY: RACHEL SMITH   A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog letting the North Iowa area know of a new event coming to the Surf Ballroom over Labor Day Weekend.  An event that, the more I read up on the acts and listen to their music,…

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Once upon a Time…

BY: RACHEL SMITH Once upon a time, many years ago (well… about 27 years ago) in the faraway land of Sweden, a storytelling day was held. The excitement of the event soon spread like wildfire around the Globe and today, each year on the Spring Equinox, we celebrate World Storytelling Day…

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Top o’ the Mornin’ to ya!

photocredit: new-jersey-leisure-guide.com BY: RACHEL SMITH Oh, how the memories began to flood through my mind as I started researching St. Patty’s Day activities in the area.  Ya know, once upon a time, I was the girl (in my early 20s) who got up bright and early on this special day. …

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It’s PIE Day!!!

BY: RACHEL SMITH   Hallelujah for random, oddball days that give me interesting material to write about!  I mean, I can be pretty windy about anything, but this just makes life more fun. Today is Pi Day, an annual date of celebration in the mathematical community because March 14th is…

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Spring Break is just around the Corner!

photocredit: news-daily.com BY: RACHEL SMITH There are many different perspectives when it comes to Spring Break.  There’s the “go all out” kind of people that book the weeklong family trip to somewhere tropical.  There’s the “road-trippers” who hop in their vehicle and head out.  Yes, they might have a general…

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Sliding on through February

BY: RACHEL SMITH As the fog has begun to lift on my 5-day bout with the dreaded Influenza, I finally sat down at my desk this morning with my planner to get organized and put back together.  That flu, you guys, I swear it’s made from the blood and sweat…

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Anglers invade Clear Lake!!

photocredit: Yellow Bass Bonanza BY: RACHEL SMITH   Early to Bed. Early to Rise. Fish all Day. Tell big Lies.   Clear Lake will be invaded this weekend.  Fisherman, looking to win the big bucks and incredible prizes, will soon pull into town in droves.  With their shacks, their poles,…

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More Than Just A Dance Party

By Donna Hup       (article from Destination Clear Lake 2018) Growing up I have fond memories of my parents playing their old records on a record machine and dancing to their favorite tunes.  My mom would tell me about how she'd run home after school to watch American Bandstand.…

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National Plan for Vacation Day

Photocredit:Project: Time Off BY: RACHEL SMITH American journalist, Earl Wilson, hit the nail on the head when he said, “A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.” It’s impossible to put a price on the value of vacation time.  We need days…

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Growing up in Clear Lake

Photocredit:  My Phone - aren't they adorable??? BY: RACHEL SMITH   Being a transplant to Clear Lake, I often wonder what it’s like to be a kid in this town.  I can’t imagine growing up here, getting to spend every summer ‘at the lake’ simply because it’s home. I’ve learned,…

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Lake Leadership Re-Wind

photocredit:  wisesnacks.com BY: RACHEL SMITH   So… as I’m working on a fun story about the young generation growing up in Clear Lake and what the Winter Dance Party means to them, my mind began to wander. SQUIRREL!! Yes, just like that.  Once upon a time, I had impeccable focus.  …

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#myclearlake

BY: RACHEL SMITH Last evening we unveiled the cover for Destination Clear Lake, a comprehensive guide to our remarkable tourist town.  Being the 75th Anniversary of the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce, the guide features a special, through-the-years look at past Chamber Presidents including highlights of distinct Chamber moments. As…

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Teen Sensation – Bobby Rydell

photocredit: www.mainlinetoday.com BY: RACHEL SMITH When I was a teenager, I was slightly obsessed with the movie, Grease.  I remember thinking how awesome it would have been to attend Rydell High School, mostly because the students randomly broke out into spontaneous song over the mundane issues of their lives.  They’d…

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How to Use Rafflecopter

How to use Rafflecopter!   It's okay... there's no need to panic!!! Using Rafflecopter is a very simple way to get entered for the chance to win some amazing prizes. STEP ONE – click the link in the article for the giveaway.  Often times it will say something like “click…

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Wake Me Up, Before You Go-Go

photocreidt: newsmax.com BY: RACHEL SMITH Does anyone else agree that it’s REALLY hard to get out of bed this time of the year?  The darkness…the cold.  It’s not easy to leave the comfortable cocoon of my nice, warm bed to face another day in the frozen tundra. And as hard…

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The dreaded New Year’s Resolution

photocredit:  health.com BY: RACHEL SMITH As we close out another fantastic year at the Clear Lake Area Chamber, I can’t help but think of the upcoming year.  It’s human instinct, really, to be curious about the future, and there’s no better time to ponder the possibilities of having a ‘clean…

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Well… Winter is Officially Here

Photocredit: herviewfromhome.com BY: RACHEL SMITH I don’t know why it catches me off guard.  I mean, come on, we all knew the cold temperatures would grace us eventually.  It happens Every.  Single.  Year. But after last weekend’s festivities at Christmas by the Lake, strolling the decorated streets of our beautiful…

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Influencer Opportunities for 2018

The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce values our partnership with influencers! We are excited to announce several opportunities to visit Clear Lake, Iowa in 2018. Building Community Conference: May 9-11, 2018 A partnership with the Midwest Travel Bloggers This exciting conference will bridge the gap between travel writers/bloggers and…

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Ask The Locals – Best Of Clear Lake

BY: RACHEL SMITH We are working on the 2018 issue of the award-winning visitor guide, Destination Clear Lake, and we need your help.  As in years past, YOUR opinion is what counts as we compile the incredible list for ‘best of Clear Lake.’ Every year, Clear Lake is flooded with…

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Did You Know???

photocredit: collegeheightsumc.org BY: RACHEL SMITH Since I started this writing gig at the Chamber, it’s funny how people’s perception of me have changed.  Instantaneously, they think I’ve become this mecca of knowledge about all the events and activities happening around town.  I’m constantly asked, ‘when is that?’ or ‘what is…

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Rah, Rah, Sis-Boom-Bah!

photocredit:  contagiouscompanies.com BY: RACHEL SMITH   Rachel’s tired, folks.  This time of the year is a doozy.  The darkness, the cold, the fact that Old Man Winter has begun his journey to our area and will be arriving soon.  It’s all rather depressing. And don't even get me started on…

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Clear Lake Chamber Award Nominations

Chamber Members: We want to hear from you! Click this link to make your nominations for our 2017 Chamber Annual Awards. Categories include Business of the Year, Education Partner of the Year, North Iowa Service Award, and the Larry Luker Volunteer of the Year Award. Business of the Year Award…

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If I Only Had a Brain….

photo credit:  www.clipart.com BY: RACHEL SMITH   Unless you’ve been living under a rock for your entire existence, the origin of that popular phrase should be easy to identify.  I mean, it’s a line from pretty much the all-time best movie in cinema history! That’s not an actual fact… but…

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Destination Clear Lake 2018 Edition

Chamber Members: Don’t miss your chance!  The Official Clear Lake Visitor Guide is a full color, glossy magazine consisting of page after page about all things Clear Lake.  Jam-packed with inspiring content, fresh feature articles, trip ideas and local picks, you don’t want to miss being a part of such…

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The Long and Winding Road

photocredit:  legacy.pitchegine.com BY: RACHEL SMITH The pathway to success is rarely a straight shot to the finish line.  Instead, it’s similar to a winding country road, full of challenges and obstacles as you travel along its path.  Getting to the top, reaching that glorified goal of “success” is something many…

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When All Else Fails… Drink Wine!

photocredit:  winemag.com BY: RACHEL SMITH Well, folks, it’s finally that time.  Time for the big bad blog post about the very heart and soul of Harvest Festival. It’s time to talk wine. I began today's blog journey with a little research on the eleven fabulous wine stations.  It’s almost hard…

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You can Shop til you Drop

photocredit: hayesmansion.com BY: RACHEL SMITH Yes, yes, it’s another post about Harvest Festival today.  But seriously, it’s such an amazing event in Clear Lake that it’s deserving of so many posts. So we’ve covered the bands, the Iowa Distilling Company, the amazing prizes, the spectacular gift certificates.  But we haven’t…

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Gifts Galore!

photocredit:  dreamatico.com BY: RACHEL SMITH The act of gift giving elicits a feeling of satisfaction to the giver.  Seeing the person’s reaction to your gift results in a sense of euphoria; you’ve made another human happy and it’s thrilling. Being on the receiving end of the gift, however, is equally…

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Trust me, you’re a GREAT dancer!!!

photocreidt:  www.winedigs.com BY: RACHEL SMITH Okay, that might be the wine talking.  But usually by mid-afternoon during Harvest Fest, one or all of my girlfriends decide that we are great dancers. I mean, last year I watched a woman pick up this giant gourd outside of Larsen’s Mercantile and play…

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On the Street Where I Live

BY: RACHEL SMITH Sometimes when the seasons change, I tend to get a bit sentimental.  Nostalgia kicks in and I begin to realize yet another year has passed.  Time is a fickle creature, always moving forward.  It doesn’t matter if we want it to slow down or speed up, it…

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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

BY: RACHEL SMTIH It’s a fact of life, really:  Everyone loves free stuff, and everyone loves to win. The Harvest Festival bags have always been awesome.  It’s kind of like Christmas when you stop in to the Chamber that week to pick up your bag.  Someone always grabs the whole…

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Once in a Lifetime

**photo credit: wtvq.com** BY: RACHEL SMITH The media has been flooded lately with talks of the upcoming solar eclipse.  Apparently, as this happens every so often around the world, it is the first time to cross the entire continental United States in almost a century.  They’re saying it will be…

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Baby… you can drive my car!

BY: RACHEL SMITH   The evolution of cars throughout the years is a progression like no other.  And to think, you can see said evolution this weekend right here in Clear Lake! It’s the largest event of the season for the Clear Lake Auto Social Society.  The C.L.A.S.S. car cruise…

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Random Summer Ramblings….

BY: RACHEL SMITH   You know… I had grand plans for what to post this week on the blog.  I thought maybe a RAGBRAI recap, or the fact that there is live music EVERYWHERE this weekend.  As usual, it'll be another weekend of fun events with the Evening Lions hamburger…

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Join us for a Taste of Tuscany

Join us for a Taste of Tuscany By: Rachel Smith Rough Guides describe Tuscany as “the epitome of everything that is beautiful in Italy.”  I’m guessing this is one of the main reasons why over ten million tourists flock to the west central region and surrounding areas each year.  The…

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You Just Have To TRI

Swim, Bike, Run.  You can do it… you just have to TRI. By: Rachel Smith For some people, the word Triathlon is not part of their vocabulary.  I think it’s safe to assume that the majority of people would look at it as impossible.  An unattainable activity for only the…

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Communications Coordinator (applications closed)

Now Hiring - Communications Coordinator (Applications are closed) Scope of Work: To coordinate messaging and materials that align with the content plans focused on Tourism, Membership, Advocacy, and Business Resources and deliver those messages to the public, membership, and media. Position is part-time, an average of 10-15 hours/week. Candidate will…

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Gift Local with Chamber Bucks

Show your support for Clear Lake by choosing to Gift Local this year! In addition to purchasing gifts directly from retailers, consider purchasing Clear Lake Chamber Bucks for your family, friends, and even employees this holiday giving season. Clear Lake Bank and Trust recently purchased $13,000.00 worth of Chamber Bucks for…

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Five Questions for: Mark Hewitt, President & CEO, Clear Lake Bank & Trust Company

As a prelude to our Chamber’s 75th anniversary in 2018, wewill highlight the original charter members who have been chamber members since 1943.  Click here for the full Charter Member Revisited article. Five Questions for….Mark Hewitt           Mark is the President and CEO for Clear Lake Bank & Trust. Both he…

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Chamber Coffee – Something New!

The Chamber Quarterly Coffee is a new networking program that will bring the Chamber members and the community together for updates on all major happenings in Clear Lake, to include the following:  business & city updates; new employees/advancement & promotions; honors, awards & grants by companies & organizations; new Chamber…

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Chamber Business Expo 2016

  The Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce presents its Business Expo on Thursday, May 19, 2016. You are invited to attend and meet the business people who have products and services that are right in your backyard. Admission is free when you present your business card. This year’s Business Expo, the only…

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Tips for the Camping Newbie

By: Jody Halsted, FamilyRambling.com So you’re ready to do it. Really jump in and do it right. You’re ready to take your family camping! Congratulations! Camping is an incredible family activity filled with fresh air, exciting explorations, outdoor cooking, and (kids’ favorites) dirt, sticks & rocks! It’s an adventure designed…

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Camping Tips

By: Jody Halsted, FamilyRambling.com Ready to plan your family’s camping adventure? A few handy tips: Check your bedding. An inexpensive ‘egg crate’ mattress cover can make a thin mattress or air mattress much more comfortable. Bring outdoor lighting. Solar powered ground stakes are easy and inexpensive or make your items…

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5 Selfies You Need to Take for Your Business

Guest blogger Christina R. Green teaches small businesses, chambers and associations how to connect through content. Her articles have appeared in the Midwest Society of Association Executives’ Magazine, NTEN.org, AssociationTech, and Socialfish. She is a regular blogger at Frankjkenny.com and Memberclicks. She’s just a bookish writer on a quest to bring great…

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Holiday Open House Winners

Once again the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce teamed up with businesses to host an Old Fashioned Holiday Open House promotion. Folks entered to win chamber bucks at participating businesses. Each week from November 16-December 14, one winner was chosen to win $100 in Chamber Bucks. A grand prize…

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Education Day 2015 – Lake Leadership

Lake Leadership took to the classroom on November 18th for Education Day. Here’s what they learned: The Lake Leadership class started their day with the Clear Lake Community School District, meeting the school principals Mike Barkley (Clear Creek grades K-5), Steve Kwikkel (Clear Lake Middle School grades 6-8), Chris Murphy (Clear Lake High…

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Polar Bear Club

The Annual Polar Bear Club celebrates it's 18th year raising money for Make-a-Wish North Iowa and Toys for Tots!  Take a brisk dip in Clear Lake on Sunday, December 6th at 12:30pm to join the club. The fundraiser also offers these challenges: a traveling trophy to the business who collects…

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Clear Lake Signature Drink Results

The Clear Lake Signature Cocktail contest was held in August, 2015. The winning drink was created by Diana Symonds, realtor with McQuaid Agency.  Her cocktail, the "Clear Lake Breezer," was voted the winner by a panel of 5 judges.  Scoring was based on appearance, creativity of drink name, taste, representation…

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Clear Lake Wins Iowa Tourism Award

The Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa presented 27 awards recognizing excellence in the tourism industry in 2015 at the Iowa Tourism Conference. “Iowa is fortunate to have passionate people working hard every day to advance the tourism industry and grow the state’s economy,” said Shawna Lode,…

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Trish Celebrates 20 Years With The Chamber

1995 was a special year in Chamber history. On November 16, 1995, Trish Fundermann Bridges Pletcher Fundermann was hired!  On her 20th Anniversary, we asked her a few questions about her tenure at the world’s greatest job. What is one thing you’ll never forget? First and foremost, I will never forget…

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Name our Elf!

We have an office Elf! Help us name him.  Follow his silly antics on Facebook & Twitter from November 27-December 24th! Elf on the Shelf official rules: To enter, comment on the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s facebook post(s) with the official contest image. Each comment equals one entry.…

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Harvest Festival

Clear Lake's 11th annual Harvest Festival will be held October 3rd, 2015 and combines a full scale wine and beer sampling with a downtown street festival.  Ticket holders will be able to sample wine & beer at over 10 different locations downtown.  All festival goers will enjoy the expanded farmer's…

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July 4th Celebration

Clear Lake has the longest consecutive running July 4th Celebration in the State of Iowa. Each year, we host over 50,000 visitors to our festival, which is known throughout the midwest. The event kicks off on Wednesday, July 1st at 5pm when the Carnival, Evans United Shows, returns to town…

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Clear Lake Fishing Success

Bob Jensen is a syndicated columnist and hosts the popular "Fishing the Midwest" television show. He has won numerous awards, and provides information and entertainment regarding fishing opportunities in the Midwest. “Too much of the time we hear about bodies of water or fish species that are experiencing problems, and…

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Planting Your Dream 2015

The Gardener’s of North Iowa are hosting the Gardener’s of America/Men’s Garden Club National Convention in Clear Lake, Iowa June 24-27, 2015. The theme is Planting Your Dream in 2015.   The event will be based at the Best Western, where nationally known speakers will address attendees.  Garden tours are…

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Administrative Professionals Day Giveaway

To celebrate national Administrative Professional’s Day on April 22nd, we have partnered with several Chamber members to put together a special prize package for one lucky admin. Nominate your favorite Administrative Professional by telling us why they’re the best! Drop off your nomination letter in person to our awesome Administrative…

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Earth Day in Clear Lake

Healthy and green lifestyles are becoming more mainstream than they were 19 years ago when Clear Lake organized their first Earth Day celebration.  Each year, our Earth Day committee encourages our community to refresh ourselves and our home by offering fun, educational, and camaraderie with several programs planned for the…

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Clear Lake Pie Day

Our Administrative Assistant, Patsy, loves pie, so we decided to celebrate Pi Day (March 14th, 3.14) with a tour d'pie around Clear Lake.  Here's what we found: Back Yard Deli 300 Main Avenue (641) 357-2234 backyarddeli.com Scott bakes from scratch homemade pies daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day at the…

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An Ice-Fishing Buffet

Bob Jensen, Fishing the Midwest I went ice-fishing last week and had a wonderful time on two levels.  First of all, we caught lots of fish, big and small, and of several different species. Secondly, it was encouraging and exciting to be on a lake that has become an outstanding…

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Top 10 March Events

Top 10 March Events! For more info (and more events!) visit our online calendar. March 1: Harmonious Wail @ EB Stillman Auditorium, 7pm.  With smoldering vocals laced among the jazzy mandolin and guitar, and an infectious blend of continental jazz, swing, gypsy music and melodic vocals, Harmonious Wail has caught…

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Valentine’s Giveaway!

We're giving away a Clear Lake Valentine's Date Night! Your February 13th Clear Lake date night includes: 2 Round-trip, first class airline tickets on Air Choice One* 2 Tickets to Kip Moore at the Surf Ballroom on February 13th, 2015 1 Suite at the Best Western on February 13th, 2015…

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Iowa Lemans Championship Snowmobile Event

2015 Iowa Lemans Championship Fifth Annual Jack Helgren Memorial Race Friday, January 16 - Saturday, January 17, 2015 On Clear Lake, Iowa This event is a memorial to Jack Helgren, an area businessman, avid snowmobiler, former dealer/racer, and promoter of the sport in the area. Bring the family and enjoy the best of…

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Winter Dance Party 2015

Since 1979, the Surf Ballroom has honored the musical legacies of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, & JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson.  Scheduled to appear at the Surf Ballroom during the event include: Frankie Avalon, Lou Christie, Bill Haley Jr. and the Comets, Tommy Allsup, The Whitesidewalls, Big Sandy and his…

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Holiday Madrigal Banquet

North Iowa Civic Theater presents a Holiday Madrigal Banquet December 6th! To celebrate St. Nicholas Day (Dec. 6th) and the 20th anniversary of Christmas by the Lake, the Best Western Holiday Lodge in association with North Iowa Civic Theater will present the first 'Holiday Madrigal Banquet'. This Christmas themed feast…

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Top Events this Holiday Season

To say we have Holiday Spirit would be putting it lightly! There is a tremendous amount of activities planned during this festive season, so we will get right to our holiday picks. For details go to our Events Calendar. Nov 6. Holiday Candlelight Preview: See what several retailers have in…

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Fall Fun

Fall is harvest time, football, warm drinks and cool evening walks along Lakeview Drive. 1) Harvest Festival, the quintessential fall celebration enjoying it's 10th year in Clear Lake. Features include a huge Farmer's Market with craft, artisan, and over 90 vendors, wine samples in our downtown stores and attractions, fun…

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Farm to Table Progressive Dinner

Clear Lake's first ever Farm to Table Progressive Dinner is a delightful three-stop culinary experience involving some highly rated Clear Lake restaurants.  Their chefs will present diners with the best, freshest in-season, locally produced food, provided by area producers, (many of whom you may have met at the local farmers…

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Surf District: An Iowa Great Place

Clear Lake’s Surf District, a cultural and entertainment zone surrounding the historic Surf Ballroom, was designated an Iowa Great Place in 2014 by the Department of Cultural Affairs. The anticipated outcomes of the projects include promoting the historic, artistic, educational and cultural qualities of the Surf District; enhancing the built…

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Clear Lake: A Great American Beach

Clear Lake has top beaches according to USA Today clear lake, ia, May 25, 2012:  Clear Lake is home to two top beaches according to USA Today.  Clear Lake’s City Beach and Clear Lake State Park Beach were both mentioned in the publication’s Memorial Day weekend Travel feature, “51 Great…

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Cool Waters

Cool: Driving down Main Avenue, and coming over the slight hill and seeing Clear Lake appear right in front of you. Cooler: Walking along the seawall, dipping your toe in the water off a dock on "Lay Out Lane" (aka Lakeview Drive) Coolest: Riding the waves! It is true. To…

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August 2014 Event Picks

Hot off of a busy July, Clear Lake still doesn't show any signs of slowing down.  If you can't find something to do around here in August, you're not trying hard enough. Click the links for details, or visit our events calendar. Our picks: 1) CLASS Car Club Summer Dance…

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