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The Mason City Jaycees are proud to call Mason City their home! They also have a strong partnership with their nextdoor neighbors, the Clear Lake Jaycees.
Mason City (pop. 27,430) is home to the last remaining Frank Lloyd Wright Hotel in the world (the Historic Park Inn) and the frist Grammy ever awarded (to native son Meredith Wilson for "The Music Man"). The Grammy is located at Music Man Square, which features an indoor 1912 streetscape with set designs from the musical. Mason City is called the "Original River City" and is portrayed in Wilson's "The Music Man".
Mason City is also home to the Rock Crest-Rock Glen National Historic District, the nation's most compact grouping of Prairie School buildings unified around a common natural setting: the rocky bluffs and verdant glen on opposite banks of Willow Creek.
Clear Lake (pop. 7,580) is home to the historic Surf Ballroom. On February 3, 1959, a Beechcraft Bonanza carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper, who had been performing at the Surf took off from the local runway in nearby Mason City. The plane crashed soon after takeoff, killing all aboard. This event was later eulogized by folk singer Don McLean in this famous song "American Pie", in which the death of these '50's icons serves as a metaphor for greater changes within American society as a whole. The historic Surf Ballroom still has concerts for a large variety of world famous musical artists and can be reserved as a convention hall or reception site. It is also a tourist attraction, and every February hosts a popular tribute to the three musicians.
Clear Lake is also home to the largest winter kite festival in the Midwest. During the event every February, kite flyers from a 10 state area fill the skies over the frozen waters of Clear Lake.