The Riverfest Commodores are a distinguished group of individuals who not only make a difference in the community but also have the honor of reigning over the annual Riverfest celebration. Each year, a deserving couple is carefully chosen to serve as the Commodore and First Mate, recognizing their outstanding contributions and leadership to the community.

As the ambassadors of Riverfest, they play a vital role in promoting the festival and its values of unity, joy, and community spirit. Beyond their responsibilities during the celebration, the Commodores actively engage in charitable efforts, particularly focusing on supporting foundations and children in need. The Riverfest Commodores are truly remarkable individuals who leave a lasting impact not only during their reign over Riverfest but throughout the year as they continue to make a positive difference in the lives of others.


Established in 1983 to create and hold a family festival with “something for everyone”. Held annually in Riverside Park over the 4th of July weekend. Riverfest should encourage citizens for the La Crosse area to celebrate the holiday at home and invite visitors from outside the area to join us for fireworks, entertainment, food and festivities and to encourage La Crosse area citizens to realize the beauty of this area with the parks and rivers. For more information visit their site at

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