Bill and Tari LaRue were named La Crosse’s 2019 Riverfest Commodore and First Mate Wednesday.

The couple—active volunteers who have dedicated themselves to serving their community—will reign over La Crosse’s Riverfest, July 3-6 at Riverside Park.

The La Crescent natives are members of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, traveling on several church mission trips, and volunteering for Meals on Wheels America.

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"To say it's an honor is an understatement," said Bill, who was surprised to have been chosen.

The former commodores tricked Bill into a meeting about a high school program and then sprung the news.

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