Wow.  Just wow.  In the blink of an eye, the summer has flown by, once again.  Is it just me or does time seem to speed up, racing along like a freight train barreling down the tracks, when you’re having fun?

I think it does.  And boy, did we have fun this summer.  Event after event after event.  Nobody has as much fun as we do in Clear Lake.

Can I get an Amen?

So with all that fun, we need to give a shout out to all the people that gave us their time, that stepped in and helped make these events such an incredible success.

First up: The 4th of July Extravaganza!

Our week-long celebration of our Nation’s birthday is a big one in Clear Lake.  Y’all know about the carnival, the parade, the Bingo tent, and the fireworks.  But do you know all these people spend countless hours working behind the scenes to make that happen?

Committee Members:

Alice Hanley, Alpha Media – Chairman

Mark Hanson

Ric Jacobs, Winnebago

Jeff Kuhrt, Martin Brothers Food Market

Louisa Montealvo, North Iowa Broadcasting

Carrie Shannon, Hall Realty

Karl Wooldridge, North Iowa Broadcasting

Keith Hanson, Stage Manager (filled in for Mark who was in hospital)

All the bingo volunteers, parade set-up volunteers <– These people are ROCK STARS!  Please consider joining them next year, because it’s a lot of fun AND super helpful!

Taylor Barragy, Larson’s Mercantile, for assisting Trish on the 4th

Evans United Shows – there’s almost no words to describe how amazing they are.  They go above and beyond to ensure our community has an amazing time riding rides, playing games, and eating deliciously awesome fried foods!

Entertainment Sponsors:

Kingland Systems, Joshua Homes, VFW, Woodford Lumber/CL Tel, Clear Lake Bank & Trust & Larson’s Mercantile.  Thanks you for the remarkable concerts in the park.  They rocked this year!

Whew!  See what I mean?  It takes a village, and we are forever thankful for everyone who stepped in to make our 4th of July celebration the BEST around.

But the fun didn’t stop there…. Oh no, the Chamber hosted a golf tournament at the end of July that was a full day of non-stop fun for Chamber members!

Committee Members:

Jay LeFevre – Chairman

Deb Cash – Farmer’s State Bank

Ellie Harmeyer

Jennifer Pinske – One Vision

Natalie Plagge – Clear Lake Bank & Trust

Tyler Weigel – CLB&T Insurance

A special THANK YOU to Home Lumber & United Beverage, who sponsored the Happy Hour Registration.

And to the Hole Sponsors, who donated SO GENEROUSLY to make sure the day was a success:  McKesson, Dean Snyder Construction, MBT Bank, First Gabrielson Insurance Agency, CL Tel, Farmer’s State Bank, Clear Lake Bank & Trust and CLB&T Insurance, Country Landscapes and Kingland.

A GIGANTIC round of thanks to Mike and his staff with Veterans Memorial Golf Club for providing such a great golfing experience.

And who can forget Big Brad’s BBQ and HyVee?  I mean… food is life, people!  The lunch and appetizers they provided made the day!

We’d also like to thank the raffle sponsors for their support.  Because of them, our golfers won some pretty incredible prizes!

American Solutions for Business

Best Western Holiday Lodge

Billion Auto

Country Landscapes

Cutting Edge Fitness

Don’s Body Shop

Grunwald & Kiger Fine Jewelers

Clear Lake Area Chamber

Hair West

Harley Davidson

Interstate Batteries

Kabrick Distributing

Lake Theatre

Larson’s Mercantile

Moorman Clothiers

Optimum Health Chiropractic


Roaring Lion

Surf Ballroom

The Other Place

United Beverage

We Care Chiropractic

See what I mean?  These events wouldn’t be what they are without ALL these amazing people and businesses.  Pulling together to make fun events is simply what we do in Clear Lake.  And it’s possible because of the generous support of all our sponsors and volunteers.

We did it again, folks.  We had the best summer possible at the Lake.  Now, as we slide through Labor Day weekend into fall, let’s take a break and rest becau…..

Oh wait – scratch that.  We’ve got more incredible events planned for the fall.  Stay tuned!  No matter the season… there’s always something to do at the Lake!