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Onalaska couple named 2014 Riverfest Commodore, First Mate

Mike and Joyce Diveley volunteer at various La Crosse area events

Onalaska couple named 2014 Riverfest Commodore, First Mate

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - La Crosse's Riverfest announced its 2014 Riverfest Commodore and First Mate on Wednesday.

Mike and Joyce Diveley, of Onalaska, have been volunteering at various La Crosse area events and organizations for many years.

Mike is a UW-La Crosse graduate who co-founded the Riverfront and Irishfest. He's been the owner of Diveley Electric since 1985.

Joyce makes a living creating and selling pottery. She has served on committees on comprehensive planning, Onalaska Downtown Redevelopment and the Waterfront Design Team. She's been a member of Center Onalaska since it began in 1996 and has served as the president for the last several years.

Together, they're also active in about a dozen other area festivals and organizations.

"You know there's a lot of different festivals, but this one is really about our country and the patriotic opportunities that we have, and the freedom we have in our country here, so we hope that everybody will come down," Joyce Diveley said.

"We've known so many commodores and the first mates for years, and to be part of that family now is pretty special," Mike Diveley said.

Riverfest kicks off Wednesday, July 2 and runs through Saturday, July 5.

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