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Clear Lake: Iowa's Charming Beach Town!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

There is no better place to beat the summer heat than the beach! Think that living in Iowa means that a beach is out of your reach? Guess again!! The beautiful North Iowa community of CLEAR LAKE was just featured by website Only In Your State as The Tiny Beach Town In Iowa You’ve Never Heard Of But Need To Visit!


 

This carefree, laid back lake town is home to around 7,000 people. Despite its small size, it is filled with so much to do on and around the beautiful waters of Clear Lake!


 

  • Take a stroll down Main Street to find unique gift shops, antique stores, and more.

  • Head to City Park (Main Avenue) for a paddlewheel cruise, delicious sweet corn, and live music by the municipal band on the weekend.

  • Explore the great outdoors and go fishing at McIntosh Woods State Park (1200 East Lake Street, Ventura).

  • Lounge on the beach and splash around at Clear Lake State Park (2730 South Lakeview Drive).

  • Grab a delicious bite to eat with incredible views of the lake at one of the great local spots, such as The Anchor Inn (468 North Shore Drive) or The Landing Patio Bar & Grill (1603 South Shore Drive).

  • Dance the night away to live music at the historic Surf Ballroom (460 North Shore Drive).

  • Enjoy family fun community events that occur throughout the year, including Thursdays On Main and Lakeside DixieFest.


 

Don’t just visit Clear Lake! Make it your home! Whether you are looking for your permanent residence or a great second home for your family, there are so many options in Clear Lake. Check out the incredible Homes for Sale. Give Jane Fischer and Associates Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.  



Content and Image Credit: Only In Your State

Fill Your Bellies at the Up in Smoke BBQ Bash!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Fill your bellies in Mason City at the 14th annual Up in Smoke BBQ Bash!!! The Globe Gazette is sponsoring this favorite yearly event this weekend, July 21st and 22nd, in East Park! Come dine on the best BBQ in the Midwest as teams compete for the coveted title!  


The Kansas City Barbeque Society has sanctioned the competition and teams will be cooking for certified KCBS judges. Enjoy incredible brisket, chicken, pork shoulder, ribs, and more! There will be an overall grand and reserve champion along with divisional winners. Other competitions include desserts, Spam and Anything Butt!


Although food is the main attraction, there are lots of other fun activities and live music planned for the weekend festivities! Check out everything happening at this incredible, FREE community event in beautiful Mason City!


Schedule of Events

Friday, July 21st

  • 5:00 pm | Beer Garden, Food Court, and Kids Inflatable Playground Opens

  • 5:30 pm | Sheltered Reality

  • 6:00 pm | Beer Sampling

  • 7:00 pm | Standing Hampton

  • 9:00 pm | Kids Inflatable Playground Closes

  • 10:00 pm | Food Court Closes

  • 11:00 pm | Beer Garden Closes

Saturday, July 22nd

  • 11:00 am | Beer Garden, Food Court, and Kids Inflatable Playground Opens | The Grant Family

  • 11:30 am | KCBS Competition

  • 1:00 pm | Mason City Jaycees Bag Tournament ($20 per team) | The Magic of Mike Prestby

  • 2:00 pm | Bolder Road

  • 4:00 pm | Awards Ceremony

  • 6:00 pm | Beer Garden, Food Court, and Kids Inflatable Playground Closes


Jane Fischer and Associates Team wishes everyone in Mason City a weekend filled with delicious food and good cheer at the 14th annual Up in Smoke BBQ Bash!  



Image Credit: Globe Gazette

Rockford Fun Days and Jon Tumilson Memorial 5K Run!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

It’s time for Rockford, Iowa’s biggest celebration of the year…..9th Annual Rockford Fun Days!!! Celebrate summer and everything you love about living in this charming town at this great annual festival on Saturday, July 15th! The day is filled with family fun activities. Dine on delicious food, compete in the disc golf and kickball tournament, catch the parade, play some games, see incredible live performances, and so much more! Be sure to participate or cheer on the runners in the Jon Tumilson Go Crush It 5K Challenge and Kids Frogman Fun Run! This great event honors the memory of Navy Seal and local hero Jon T. Tumilson, who along with 29 other men and one service dog, gave his life for his country on August 6th, 2011 in Afghanistan. Do not miss the stunning fireworks show at the end of the evening! Here is all the information you need to make the most of your time at the 9th Annual Rockford Fun Days!


Schedule of Events

8:00 am | Opening ceremony for the Jon Tumilson Go Crush It 5K Challenge | Rockford Fossil and Prairie Park

  • Race Registration and Packet pick up on Friday, July 14th, 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm at Rockford Fossil Prairie Park

  • Register HERE!

8:30 am | Jon Tumilson Memorial 5K Run starts

9:30 am | Kickball Tournament | Town Hall Fields

  • Open to anyone ages 16 and older; 5 girls and 5 boys per team

  • Contact Monica Murray at (641) 430-5253 to participate

10:00 am | Jon Tumilson Frogman Fun Run | Rockford Fossil and Prairie Park

  • Open to kids ages 12 and under

11:00 am | Parade | Downtown Rockford

  • Parade Line Up at 10:30 am in the RRMR School parking lot (1460 210th Street)

  • Contact Monica Murray at (641) 430-5253 for parade inquires

11:30 am | Awards Ceremony for the Jon Tumilson Memorial 5K Run | Central Park

11:30 am - 3:00 pm | Food, Games, Inflatables, and Vendors | Central Park

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Photo Booth | Central Park

  • $1.00 for one 4x6 photo

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Kids Disc Golf Clinic & Tournament | Central Park

  • Contact Jeremy Schlader at (319) 415-6055 to participate

1:30 pm | Pedal Tractor Pull | Central Park

  • Open to kids ages 3 to 8

  • Register that day at the Wrist Band Stand

3:00 pm | Magic Show | Central Park

3:30 pm | Greased Pig Catch | Rockford Fire Station

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm | Adult Disc Golf Tournament | Central Park

  • Contact Jeremy Schlader at (319) 415-6055 to participate

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Dead Engine Drag | Main Avenue

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm | BBQ Rib Dinner | Rockford Fire Station

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Hypnotist Show | Rockford Fire Station

8:00 pm - 12:00 am | Sideshow Bob (80’s & 90’s Rock) | Rockford Fire Station

Dusk | FIREWORKS! | Central Park



Jane Fischer and Associates Team would like to take this time to remember the sacrifice that Navy Seal Jon Tumilson made for us and our country. And, we wish everyone in Rockford a very happy & fun day at this year’s Rockford Fun Days!

Mark Your Calendars for Clear Lake's Lakeside DixieFest!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Be a part of a great 25 year tradition in beautiful Clear Lake…..the Lakeside DixieFest!! Enjoy the very best regional and national Dixieland jazz performers the last weekend of July! This incredible, FREE music festival takes place downtown City Park (Main Avenue & Lakeview Drive). Bring the whole family down to the shores of Clear Lake for two days filled with live music, dancing, and good times!

 

Saturday, July 22nd Lineup

6:00 pm | Foxtrot Hotshots

7:00 pm | New Red Onion Jazz Babies

8:00 pm | The Fat Babies

Sunday, July 23rd Lineup

12:00 pm | Raiders of the Lost Art

1:00 pm | New Red Onion Jazz Babies

2:00 pm | Les Fields and the Turkey River All Stars

3:00 pm | The Fat Babies

4:00 pm | Raiders of the Lost Art

5:00 pm | New Red Onion Jazz Babies

6:00 pm | Les Fields and the Turkey River All Stars

7:00 pm | The Fat Babies

 


Jane Fischer & Associates hopes everyone in Clear Lake has a great time during the Lakeside DixieFest!

Get Ready for the 2017 North Iowa Fair!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Summertime means the return of one of our favorite annual traditions: County Fairs! No state knows how to do a county fair quite like Iowa! And, the 2017 North Iowa Fair is one of the best of the best! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 19th, through Sunday, July 23rd, so you do not miss out on any of the fun at the North Iowa Events Center (3700 4th Street Southwest, Mason City). With amusement rides, carnival games, delicious food, live music, farming events, events at the Mason City Motor Speedway and so much more, there is something for everyone at the fair! Come celebrate everything that we love about North Iowa at this year’s fantastic fair!

 

Small Stage Music Festival

Enjoy incredible live music at The Olson by the best local and regional performers.

Official Lineup

 

“On The Rise” Events

The theme for this year’s North Iowa Fair is “On The Rise”! There are many incredible events and activities planned for you and your family to spend time rising above the fair!

2nd Annual Hot Air Balloon Rally

  • Come to the NIEC Green Space on Friday evening, Saturday morning and evening, and Sunday morning for tethered rides ($10), sponsored balloon rides, walk-in balloons ($1), “Glow Shows”, and more! Call (641) 423-3811 to learn more about purchasing tickets.

Carolina Helicopters

  • Take a helicopter ride to see a bird’s eye view of the fair every day of the event. Rides cost only $20 per person!

River City Radio Control “Fun Fly”

  • See the most incredible radio control airplanes and more during the “Fun Fly” on Saturday, July 22nd, from 10:00 am until sundown. There may be opportunities to co-pilot one of the radio control devices.

 

Other Special Events

There are other unique events occurring throughout the fair. Do not miss out on any of these family fun events!

Antique Machinery Day

  • Date: Thursday, July 20th

  • Time: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  • Location: Heritage Arena

Darling Dog Show

  • Date: Friday, July 21st

  • Time: 6:00 pm

Chapter 790 of the Vietnam Veterans Annual Breakfast

  • Date: Sunday, July 23rd

  • Time: 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Location: The Loafing Shed

 

 

 

Jane Fischer & Associates Team cannot wait to see you all at the 2017 North Iowa Fair in beautiful Mason City!  

 

Image Credit: Mason City Motor Speedway

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