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Staying home for Memorial Day weekend

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer and communities like Waterloo are pulling out all the stops to keep you close to home.

"With some of the concerns about gas prices, people may stay a little closer to home, whether it's outdoor activities at George Wyth State Park with the bicycle trails or the golf courses here in town, whether it's a museum, Phelps Youth Pavilion, or the Grout Museum District, or an activity like the 4th Street Cruise, we have an awful lot for people to do," said Aaron Buzza, Executive Director of the Waterloo Convention and Visitors Bureau.

One of the biggest events on Saturday is the 4th Street Cruise. Around 1,000 classic cars will converge on downtown Waterloo.

"We've had them as far away as Ohio, even as far away as Florida. For a few years there was a gentleman who used to bring his old Cadillac up from Florida and cruise. It just pulls in people who are car lovers and people who love old cars," said Don Betts, one of the organizers of the cruise.

If you're looking to get away from it all and still not travel very far from home you could always come to the campground at George Wyth State Park, but the campground has been booked up since Wednesday.

"With the river levels fluctuating and stuff that can put a hindrance on the park attendance, but I would say with the economy and stuff it's a real easy relaxing way to come into the park without spending a lot of money," said Park Ranger, Gary Dusenberry.

So if you're looking to camp, ride in a classic car, or just pay tribute to those who serve, Waterloo has a little bit of everything for your Memorial Day weekend.

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