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Holiday Recreation, Conventional and Otherwise

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) -- Let's just start in Lisbon, at the Sutliff Bridge.

"We're going to try to catch some catfish on the Cedar River. Big Cedar River fans," said Kyle Casten, as he and his friend Jacob Brokel and their dog, Max, put their self-designed camouflage boat into the water.

On the bridge itself, brothers-in-law Ben Klaus and Bryce Cox were catching a break at a picnic table, in the middle of a 24-mile bike ride.

"It's nice because you don't have anything else to do, so you can do what you want to do," Klaus said about Memorial Day.

"Except, I have to do my homework. That sucks," Cox said, interjecting.

At the Coralville Reservoir, plenty of boaters were coming and going, even during a brief rain storm, either starting or ending their Memorial Day celebrations.

Boater Dale Ruplinger was enjoying a different part of the recreation process: scrubbing the side of his boat with a sponge and a bottle of CLR.

Last week, the Department of Natural Resources was reminding boaters to do just that, to prevent the migration of invasive species between Iowa's waterways.

"As you can see, I keep my boat meticulously clean, so I don't have to worry about that," Ruplinger said.

Finally, in North Liberty, Doug and Cheryl Houser had only one thing to worry about -- whether or not the steam valve on their 3rd scale model of a 65 horsepower farm tractor from 1910 would work.

"These were used on Iowa farms before tractor, before gasoline, before electricity," Houser said.

When this reporter asked Houser if he had grown up on a farm, Houser replied, "I visited one," laughing.

The Housers tour their model tractor across Iowa all summer to accomplish a goal many find salient on Memorial Day: helping people remember.

"This pertains to how agricultural life was 100 years ago, and a lot of times it was a lot tougher than it is now, and like I said, the kids today can't relate to what life was like on the farm 100 years ago," Houser said.

The Housers' next showing is a week from Saturday at Denmark Heritage Days in Denmark, Iowa.
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