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Riverfest ready to return after a year off



There may not be a beer tent, but there will be beer. And food. And attractions, as Riverfest makes it back to Riverside Park this week.

The festival begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday and runs through Sunday.

Along with the many musical performers, Riverfest will feature a cornhole tournament, a clog jam, the Firecracker 4-mile, train rides, the River City Water Skiers, the Dialed Action BMX Stunt Team, South Bluffs Wizards jump rope team, a pole vault competition and wrestling.

Here’s a complete schedule.

Event spokesman Derek Martin said instead of having a single beer tent and a separate food tent, Riverfest will have several beverage booths and food vendors throughout the park.

Volunteers have spent recent days setting up tables and tents along the riverfront, much like you would normally see during the Riverfest, first held in 1983.

Bill La Rue, the commodore from the 2019 Riverfest, says several past commodores will be at the park in late afternoon most days of the event, except Wednesday.

Riverfest did not choose a commodore for this year, because of the short period for planning.

Fireworks will happen on the river the first and last nights of the event.

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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