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

Mike and Laurie Lubinsky of La Crosse have been selected as the Commodore and First Mate for this year’s Fourth of July week festivities at Riverfest. Chosen by past Commodores from a pool of distinguished local men and women, the Lubinskys bring a rich history of community involvement and dedication.

Mike Lubinsky is the General Manager of Colgan Air Services, which offers aircraft maintenance and storage, corporate aviation services, and flight instruction at the La Crosse Regional Airport. With nearly 40 years at Colgan, Mike is also an alumnus of Onalaska High School. Laurie Lubinsky, his First Mate, is a licensed dental assistant in Minnesota, working in the Orthodontics Department at Gundersen Dental Specialties. She graduated from Caledonia High School and studied at Rochester Community and Technical College.

The Lubinskys will lead the 41st annual Riverfest from July 3 to 6 at Riverside Park. The festival promises family fun and a lineup of musical acts including Josh Ross, Drake Milligan, Blue Collar 40, Brett Westgrove, and Boogie and the Yo-Yoz. Beyond the festival, they will represent Riverfest at various community events, including parades and ceremonies. Their love for the river is a significant part of their story—they met on the river, married on the La Crosse Queen, and enjoy fishing and boating. They are long-time attendees of Riverfest and prefer to watch the fireworks from their boat. The couple has two grown children.

The Lubinskys are also active in their community, participating in Airfest, Freedom Honor Flight, and the Warriors, and supporting their children’s involvement in sports.

They will officially assume their titles at the Commodore Dinner on June 11th at the Radisson Hotel.

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