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Posted January 18, 2013 in Community Blogs, Clear Lake

UntitledThe 4th Annual Jack Race weekend in Clear Lake State Park is filled with family friendly snowmobiling fun!

Friday evening starts with a guided snowmobile cruise around the lake which highlights many of the area’s finest eating & drinking establishments, fun & historic places.

Saturday features snowmobile racing including Lemans style racing and Radar Runs. There are many classes including a class where the age of the rider and the age of the snowmobile must add up to 80 (the older you are, the newer the sled you can ride!), and also a ladies-only class. Additionally there will be a Vintage Snowmobile Show, food tent, and raffle for a vintage snowmobile. The event is a memorial to Jack Helgren, an area businessman, avid snowmobiler, former dealer/racer and promoter of the sport in the area. This is the 4th annual event, and the inaugural year was enjoyed by all that attended.

Sunday: Vintage Ice Drags

Visit to get all the latest info, details, and pre-registration forms. Bring the family and enjoy the best of winter in Iowa!

Don’t miss out on the fun and savings this weekend at the Cabin Fever Days Indoor Sidewalk Sale on January 18-19! Local retailers will offer special deals and free treats during this winter indoor sidewalk sale! Here’s what you can expect:

Emerson’s by the Lake: 10am-5pm. 50-75% off storewide! (Some exclusions). Free cookies.
j avenue: 10am-5pm. 60% off Christmas items and up to 75% off Clearance items. Free wine & Tastefully Simple tastings.
Lake Lifestyle: 10am-5pm. Lots on sale! Food samplings all day.
Larson’s Mercantile: 8am-6pm. 75% off remaining Christmas items! Free hot apple cider.
Lyla’s Boutique: 10am-5pm. 50-75% off winter merchandise. Free wine & coffee.
Ralphene’s: 10am-5pm: In store specials! Free hot caramel apple cider and tastings.
Roaring Lion Antiques: 10am-5pm. 15% off storewide! (some exclusions). Free hot apple cider & baked goods.
Unique Boutique: 10am-5pm: Up to 75% off storewide! Free appetizers.
Wilcox Furniture: 9am-5pm. 20% off all lamps, pictures & accessories! Free coffee & cookies.

Every year your Clear Lake Area Chamber holds an Annual Meeting to celebrate achievements from the previous year. This event also includes recognition of Chamber Award winners, incoming and outgoing Board members and a kick-off for the New Year. The Chamber’s annual meeting is one of Clear Lake’s largest gatherings of business professionals and civic leaders, so be sure to attend on Tuesday, January 22nd, 11:30-1:30, at the Surf Ballroom.  Cost for the luncheon is $25.  Guest speaker will be Mark Hewitt, President & CEO of the Clear Lake Bank & Trust, sharing his experiences on the Chicago Federal Reserve Board and some insight into our 2013 economy.

Business After Hours, next Thursday, January 24, 2013 4:30 – 6:30 PM at the Island Bar & Grill in Clear Lake! This monthly networking event is organized by the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce First Mates Committee and hosted by a different business/organization each month.

Don’t forget to book your reservations for THE Winter Dance Party, January 31-February 2 at the Surf.  Guests include Mathew & Gunnar Nelson in a tribute to their Dad, Ricky Nelson, Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Denny Laine, formerly with Wings and The Moody Blues, Terry Sylvester, formerly with The Hollies, and Gary US Bonds.  For ticket information purchase, call the Surf at 641-357-6151, or go their website at

Come see what Clear Lake has to offer year-round!!

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