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On the Road: Clear Lake

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CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (KTTC) -- Tucked away about 30 minutes south of the Minnesota border is a quaint little town that shares the name of the body it lays on, Clear Lake. Iowa.

It maybe most known for the place Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Richie Valens played their last concert before their plane went down and everyone on board was killed.

But there's a lot more to this busy little town. By the time you hit Highway 18 into Clear Lake, you feel it: A little slice of Americana right here in north iowa - a place KTTC's Robin Wolfram is proud to call her hometown.

So who better to give you a quick tour, right?

We start on Main Street, essentially downtown, where you'll find, great shopping, delicious dining, places to enjoy a cookie. Or a glass of wine.

But if you ask the kids, they'll tell you why they love coming here so much-- but you might have to catch them between licks.

Bonnie Hall has been a resident and realtor in Clear Lake for 40 years.

Next we jump on board the Lady of the Lake, an old stern-wheeler ferry with daily cruises around the nearly 4000-acre natural spring fed lake.

Clear Lake is the home of a number of marinas, State Parks and tourism-related businesses, so if your'e into boating, fishing, sailing, tubbing and simply having fun on the water - you're in luck in Clear Lak.

Events like the spectacular 4th of July fireworks and weekly regattas are just a few of the popular attractions.

Right across the street, you'll find Central Park, where on any given weekend you can catch Art In The Park, Antiques In The Park, Bike Races, festivals, car shows, and cook-off's, just to name a few.

And Clear Lake isn't just a fair weather community, either. Christmas on the Lake, the Polar Bear Plunge and snowmobile races will keep residents loving life on the lake year round.

Our last stop, a must: The Surf Ballroom, the venue where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper performed their last show.

Just imagine stepping up to the window to buy a ticket to what turned out to be buddy holly, ritchie valens and the big bopper's final concert.

That's exactly what mary who was 17 and her sister, jane who was 14...Did over 54 years ago. February 3rd, 1959...The day the music died.

There's so much more to this friendly town and it's friendly folks, but it's time for this hometown girl to head back to Rochester-- but not before spending a little time with her mom and dad: Mayor Bob and his beautiful wife, Cindy.

 

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