The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

July 19, 2013

Don't let Clinton be a secret

Gary Herrity’s article touched on a great subject today.

Partaking in the wonderful parks in this area is something my family often does. The ability to walk around outdoors in a great setting is something that many take advantage of in this town. And that’s just one of the many activities to do in Clinton.

Herrity’s column reminded me of a discussion our Editorial Board had recently about the city’s best-kept secrets. But a lot of the events or places mentioned in those secrets are in the open, for everyone to see.

Take for instance a recent story the Herald published about the Symphony of Lights. Anyone who has lived here for more than a year can tell you about this annual holiday-time attraction.

However, the board appears to be struggling for membership and volunteers, putting that annual event in the crosshairs in another few years if more volunteers don’t step up to assist.

The same could have been said about Riverboat Days a few years ago, until Erin George and Emily Steenhard stepped into the picture to save the Fourth of July festivities. They changed the festival, but kept a tradition of Fourth of July events alive.

Even with a 1-week-old son, we traveled to the riverfront again this year for the second installment of the new Fourth of July tradition and were pleasantly surprised with the amount of people and activities available. That truly is a special event and will need continued support from its residents.

So, those events aren’t so secret, but if they don’t have support, with volunteers and donors, they may be a thing of the past.

And that’s the major issue. Support is vital to making many of these events and places thrive.

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