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La Crosse Center hopes to have coronavirus variations on fall traditions

Brad Williams

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This time of year, the La Crosse Center would be getting ready for its annual “Elvis Explosion.” 

But that festival of Elvis Presley tribute artists, usually held in September, has been called off for this year, like many other events, because of COVID-19. 

However, don’t count the center out completely for 2020. 

Center director Art Fahey is making plans to hold a few traditional events toward the end of the year, under health rules recommended by La Crosse County.

Those events would include the Holiday Fair, the Bull Riding show, and a high school wrestling tournament.

The COVID guidelines would include mask-wearing, and a limit of 50 per cent of the usual people participating.    

Fahey is getting advice from other entertainment organizations which have remained in business during the outbreak. 

He tells the center board that the Loggers baseball team was able to play before fans in the stands who were screened before going into the ballpark.          

The civic center also is in the middle of a $42 million expansion.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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