The Clarinda Chamber of Commerce provides a number of opportunities for members to become involved throughout the year. These activities range from community events, promoting Clarinda, beautification, fundraisers and retail promotions.
A partnership between Clarinda Community Schools, Clarinda Lutheran School, and Chamber businesses. The program involves Chamber members in Clarinda and surrounding areas to adopt a class for the school year. Businesses participating commit to visiting their class at least once per quarter.
– Ag Committee
Plans are being made for an educational agriculture event at the Nodaway Valley Historical Museum featuring antique farm equipment and the three major implement dealerships in Clarinda. The date has been scheduled for September 12, 2020.
A group of community members passionate about welcoming new businesses or staff to the community, assists with ribbon cuttings/open houses, volunteer with projects when requested, and maintain flower planters around the downtown square.
– Business Development
This committee works to identify and assess business development opportunities, to recommend business development projects and to conduct research and provide input on business development programs.
– Clarinda Craft Carnival
Iowa’s Largest Handmade Craft Show draws over 200 craft exhibitors from Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota and all parts of Iowa. More than 480 craft booths are registered to fill the Page County Fairgrounds – Wibholm Hall & Cow Palace, Clarinda Pavilion, Clarinda Lied Center Gymnasium and the Clarinda Academy Activity Building.
– Clarinda Craft & Vendor Marketplace
Annual event that features 85 booths with a large variety of commercial vendors and handmade crafts at Wibholm Hall – Page County Fairgrounds.
– Community Beautification
Promotes projects that result in a beautiful, safe, well-maintained community that is inviting and is attractive to visitors, new & current residents and businesses.
-Community & Retail Promotions
The goal of the Community & Retail Promotions committee is to promote Clarinda businesses through community events, retail promotions and marketing opportunities. There is an additional fee of $100.00 per year.
– Cruzin’ Clarinda
Classic cars of all shapes, sizes and colors will invade the downtown square in Clarinda for this annual event. Cruzin’ Clarinda takes place on the first Saturday in June with a show & shine from 1-4 p.m., followed by a parade at 5:30 p.m.
– Downtown Revitalization
Make our downtown area thrive, to bring the community together and to promote our local businesses.
– Golf Tournament
This event brings the fun of golf and networking together in one outstanding tournament with great prizes. Registration is available as a 4-person team playing Texas Best Ball. This is one of the Chamber’s best sponsorship opportunities for businesses.
– Lighted Christmas Parade
In 1993, two years after the fire at the Page County Courthouse in Clarinda, this parade has remained a tradition to thank the area fire departments that successfully keep our community safe. The parade is co-sponsored by the Clarinda Chamber of Commerce and the Clarinda Kiwanis Club. Each year, a different theme is given so participants can show their imagination with their floats. After the parade children are able to visit Santa Claus at Santa’s House located on the lawn of Page County Courthouse.
-Southwest Iowa Band Jamboree
Clarinda’s Longest Musical Tradition is co-sponsored by the Clarinda Chamber of Commerce, Clarinda Community Schools and the City of Clarinda. Every year it draws over 50 schools from Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska which are judged in both parade & field marching in the daylong competition.
Promote and encourage tourism in Clarinda through projects, initiatives and/or events that are likely to generate visitors to our area.