The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Local News

July 5, 2013

Sisters' 2nd annual Fourth of July Festival brings 5,000 to Riverview Park

CLINTON — Thousands gathered Thursday at Riverview Park to participate in the Clinton Fourth of July Festival, hosted by sisters Emily Steenhard and Erin George.

The two campaigned last year to “save the Fourth” and this year they saw a success they never imagined.

“This is two or three times bigger than it was last year. It’s fantastic,” Steenhard said.

Events for the day included a parade along Riverview Drive, a firefighters’ water fight, three live musical performances, a hot dog eating contest,  a hula-hoop contest and a variety of family friendly activities.



“There are three things we want to celebrate today: family, community and America,” said George, adding that people can have fun and support the community without spending a fortune.

One example of that: a local fire department water fight. Patrons at the event were able to cool off from the hot July sun as gallons of water drenched the street and the crowd.  

A hot dog eating contest, sponsored by Holly’s Hot Dogs, also had people clustered around the competition circle. Crowd favorite John Clausen took home the top spot as hot dog eating champion.  

In order to allow free admission, Steenhard and George raised more than $20,000 to support the day-long event.

According to numbers presented by the Clinton Police Department, more than 5,000 people were in attendance for the day’s festivities.



“The parade route was full with around 70 entries and the water fight had a total of 28 fire teams,” Steenhard said.

With another successful celebration under their belts, the sisters plan to continue the newly developed tradition.

“We will definitely do this again next year. It will always be free and fun and celebrate local talent,” Steenhard said.

“And we welcome anyone who would like to help,” added George.

LumberKings July 3 celebration

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • John Hood A year after 'chaos'

    It happened two hours after John Hood finished his run. Like many, he thought the loud boom was just the sound of cannons going off, something that shook the ground. It was odd, but Hood — a 1989 Clinton High School graduate — tried to make it logical, associating the noise with another good happening at the Boston Marathon.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Clinton looks into roadway safety upgrades Herald Staff Report Clinton looks into roadway safety upgrades

    April 19, 2014

  • Theft trial for man charged in Wolfe sisters' murders

    A western Pennsylvania man accused of having robbed and killed his next-door neighbors, two sisters of Iowa Rep. Mary Wolfe, now also faces trial on charges that he stole another woman's wedding ring a year ago.

    State police in Greensburg allege that 43-year-old Allen Wade of East Liberty, Pa., stole the ring while delivering a refrigerator to a home in April 2013. Westmoreland County Common Pleas Judge Rita Hathaway on Thursday agreed to schedule the case for trial.

    April 18, 2014

  • More felonies added to sex abuse charges CLINTON -- A Clinton man already facing multiple felony charges for allegedly sexually abusing a child is now facing six more felonies for sexual exploitation of a child. Tony D. James, 45, was charged this past weekend with six counts of sexual expl

    April 18, 2014

  • Wildlife service to conduct burnings CLINTON -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct several prescribed burns this spring. The burns will take place on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Carroll and Jo Daviess counties. Sites planned for burning

    April 18, 2014

  • Women jailed on meth charges

    CLINTON -- Two Clinton women are currently being held in the Clinton County jail on $50,000 cash-only bonds for methamphetamine charges. Jessica L. Crabtree, 29, 215 10th Ave. North, and Tera A. Riddle, 27, 611 1/2 S. Seventh St., were arrested last

    April 18, 2014

  • Photo exhibit 2 'Hats Off' Art exhibit covers downtown (With Map & Video)

    CLINTON -- A clown. Clinton High wrestlers. An expecting mother. A young Mozart. These faces and more all peered through downtown storefronts Thursday. They're there again today, too. Looking back at them was photographer Jean Black. They are her way

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • Fire alarm evacuation at Eagle Heights

    Students of Eagle Heights Elementary School were evacuated Thursday afternoon after staff smelled something being emitted in the first-grade hallway and main office areas.

    According to a press release from the Clinton Community School District, staff noticed the smell at approximately 1:10 p.m. It was then determined the fire department should be notified, and the fire alarm was pulled. The building was evacuated quickly and the Clinton Fire Department responded immediately.

    April 17, 2014

  • UPDATED: McColley found not guilty of sex abuse

    Relief showed on the faces of Russell McColley and his family Thursday as a verdict of not guilty was read in court.
    "Our prayers were answered, that's all I have to say," Tracy Hook, McColley's sister, said.
    McColley was facing a charge of second-degree sexual abuse. If he had been convicted of the class B felony, he could have faced as much as 25 years in prison.

    April 17, 2014

  • Court denies man's appeal in robbery CLINTON -- The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld a conviction of a man who robbed a Clinton pawn shop in 2012. Darrell L. Thomas recently appealed his first-degree robbery conviction to the Iowa Court of Appeals. The court released its decision Wednes

    April 17, 2014

Facebook
Clinton
Camanche
Fulton
Clinton Herald photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.