The “Lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” popularized in a 1963 Nat King Cole song, the days of soda, pretzels and beer spent with young lovers at the drive-in, certainly are a thing of the past.

The hazy might be evident from time to time, but the lazy is long gone. Summer in Clinton certainly is crazy, with so many things to do and see it seems there’s never a dull moment.

Take last weekend, which featured Art in the Park in Clinton’s Riverview Park, the Riverboat Days Amateur golf tournament and a youth baseball tournament at Emma Young Park. Balloons in June is overtaking the Clinton Municipal Airport all weekend, with special appearances in downtown Clinton last night. And of course, Riverboat Days and the Jaycees carnival begin next week.

These things don’t happen without an awful lot of work. While the paid staff of the Clinton Convention and Visitors Bureau plays a big part, so do CVB volunteers and volunteers who work for specific events.

And all of these events are beneficial to the community at large in one way or another, from bringing people into town to offering unique shopping and recreational opportunities to those who already live in the area to promoting and rewarding athletes of many ages. Each of these events, in individual ways, show off what Clinton has to offer as a community.

So do things like the 82nd Annual Iowa Professional Firefighters Convention to be held Monday and Tuesday at the Best Western Frontier, another addition to our community calendar.

And none of this takes into account the recreational opportunities we have every day of the summer, including picnics at Eagle Point Park, disc golf in DeWitt and Fulton, Ill., and the Mississippi River, which quite obviously is a major draw to boaters, fishers and presents itself as a perfect backdrop for people who use recreational trails on both shorelines.

Many people are choosing to stay closer to home this summer due to rising gas prices, but many others had planned to anyhow simply because there’s so much going on right in our own backyards.

But don’t take our word for it — get out and see for yourself. There’s more than enough excitement, it’s just a matter of choosing what, where and when.

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