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Riverfest plans still on schedule for July

Brad Williams

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The people who put on Riverfest in La Crosse are hoping COVID vaccines and safety precautions will let them have a festival as usual this July, unlike last year. 

Riverfest president Brad Pitel says volunteers are preparing for the possibility of an event with entertainment, and food and beer tents, with certain health measures still in place.    

Pitel says they’re hoping for a ‘soft open’ on June 30th, with the main festival at Riverside Park planned for the first four days of July. Country star Randy Houser, who also had been scheduled for the 2020 Riverfest, is set to perform on July 1st.

Pitel says they haven’t decided yet whether a new Commodore and First Mate will be chosen for 2021.  

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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