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The Jack Snowmobile Race in Clear Lake is a Go!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

The Jack Snowmobile Race in Clear Lake is a GO!

Great news for all you avid snowmobilers in North Iowa - the 8th annual Jack race will go ON! Unfortunately, the kick off event cruise around the lake on Friday has been cancelled due to the lack of usable snow in certain areas of the route. Friday, February 10th pre-registration will be held at the Clear Lake VFW from 6 to 9 pm with radar races to start at 9 am on Saturday morning in Clear Lake. The event was named after local businessman, snowmobile dealer and enthusiast and avid racer, Jack Helgren, is remembered for his love of snowmobile racing. Although there isn't a lot of snow on the lake there is plenty of ice said Gary McVicker, organizer of the annual "The Jack" snowmobiling race which is part of the 2017 Iowa Lemans Championship. The event is typically held in January but due to unseasonably warm weather that caused water to form on top of the ice it was pushed back to this upcoming weekend, Friday temperatures are going to be in the 40s, Saturday will be in the 30s and Sunday will climb back up into the 40s. 

McVicker said "we have been out there with a John Deere tractor and blade and have typically found 19 or more inches of ice. The surface has not been altered although the track has been plotted out. If it's rough, it's rough; if it's glare ice, it's glare ice." Preparation for the event started over a week ago when volunteers began prepping the run site for Saturday's eventto ensure good racing surface. McVicker noted "it's a big event which takes a lot of labor, equipment, and equity to put on but we're all happy to do it and want everyone to come out and have a good time." The vintage show will start at Clear Lake State Park at 10 am with the awards ceremony Saturday evening at 7 pm at Rumorz Bar in Clear Lake where the band Split Second Band will be performing. If you're free Saturday stop out and watch all these great snowmobile racers!

The Surf District Rock'n Roll Restaurant Opening in Clear Lake

by Jane Fischer and Associates

North Iowans will have a new restaurant to try out SOON! The Surf District Rock 'n Roll Grill will be opening in the next week with many pieces of music memorabilia from the Surf Ballroom itself. It's located in the former District 619 building just across the parking lot from the Surf Ballroom owned for the past 16 years by Grant Maulsby who worked intensely with the Surf to create the new restaurant idea which started back in September 2016. The idea for the new restaurant was reviewed by the organization's board over a year ago; the Surf had so many pieces of music history that wasn't able to be displayed so Maulsby thought what better way to help showcase these pieces than at the restaurant! Within the new restaurant there are over 70 pieces of Surf Ballroom memorabilia.

The restaurant will have a stage for live music and memorabilia along with seating for 134 people and standing room for 190 people. The bar and grill will offer various foods including those named after songs and music legends like La La Bamba Chicken Avocado and Big Bopper Burger. Other foods offered on the menu include sandwiches, salads, burgers, shrimp, wraps, burgers and steaks along with a full bar. 

Some of the renovations Maulsby had completed in preparation for the new place are a stage, lighting, video system to play music videos which will help create a wonderful atmosphere for those loving rock'n'roll as well as a private room for events. The artists that have performed at the Surf have a plaque with a photo and additional details put together for display at the restaurant. Maulsby stated "Every piece of memorabilia has been played at the Surf and signed at the Surf. That's what makes us more unique." Guitars line one wall of the restaurant that have been used at the Surf and autographed by artists such as B.B King, Slash, and Willie Nelson to name a few as well as drums and other musical instruments used by music artists. The executive director of the Surf Ballroom, Laurie Lietz, said "we're very excited to expand our displays, we just don't have all the wall space to display everything."

Future plans for the new place include live music on the weekends in upcoming months. The grill will be open seven days a week opening at 4 pm daily. Next time you're in the area make sure to stop by and try out the new place!

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