Last chance to rake in tourism dollars

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ST. ANSGAR, Iowa – It may feel like summer flew by and it likely did!

Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of the summer season and it’s upon us.

For many cities all across the viewing area this is the last chance to rake in some tourism dollars.

For many campgrounds, the summer tourism season didn’t start out with a bang.

“We started off pretty wet, so we got kind of a late start with a lot of our parks,” said Chelsea Ewen, with the Mitchell County Conservation Board.

But based on the many campers enjoying the day at Halverson park in St. Ansgar, that’s turned around.

his weekend they’re expecting a busy one.

“Usually Labor Day weekend is one of our big weekends along with Memorial Day where it’s going to be pretty full.”

But will this extreme heat cause would-be campers to opt for indoor activities?

“I think if anything that will get people out more because they can be on the water. They can be out swimming, jet skiing, boating, fishing, and water balloons and playing in the water, sprinklers and all those kinds of things are a fun way to enjoy the heat,” explains Ewen.

You can’t talk about summer tourism without mentioning Clear Lake, a community that thrives during the tourist season; especially this one.

“Summer tour season here especially compared to last year has been phenomenal,” says Tim Coffey, Director of the Chamber of Commerce.

And for this town, the upcoming weekend’s beach party event is the last chance to see the crowds.

“This really is it, although we do have some fall and Christmas and even winter activities, this is really gong to be our major end of the summer event.”

As summer season bids a simmering so-long, many are hoping it’s a profitable goodbye.

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