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Flag-raising ceremony launches La Crosse’s Riverfest for 2022



Despite occasional sprinkles during the opening ceremony, Riverfest of 2022 has kicked off at La Crosse’s Riverside Park.

The new Commodore, Dennis Vogel, and his family led past Commodores and First Mates in starting the five-day festival which extends through Monday, July 4th.

Mayor Mitch Reynolds also spoke at the late-afternoon flag-raising ceremony, telling the audience he was sorry that the new levee on the riverfront wasn’t finished in time for Riverfest, because of high water levels. However, the mayor noted that the Eagle sculpture is back in its usual spot after extensive repairs.

Riverfest continues to make some changes, after it was cancelled completely in 2020 because of the pandemic.  Spokesman Nick Bjerke says that just like last year, food vendors will continue to sell their products from individual trucks, instead of being under one large food tent.

The food and beverage stage will be under a tent this year, instead of being out in the open as in past years.

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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