Every Labor Day for the past 11 years, you can count on finding Bill Rudy in Copeland Park for the city's Laborfest celebration.
"I'm selling some pop and beer tokens here today,” Rudy said.
Once a member of La Crosse's AFL-CIO branch for nearly half a century, he's been volunteering at Laborfest ever since he retired in 2002.
"He's been a solid union member for many years, very involved,” said Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Bill Brockmiller of Rudy.
This year’s Laborfest included beer, bingo and a raffle, along with a parade and live music.
Rudy worked as a city bus driver for 47 years, and then began volunteering for his local union. He also serves as a delegate to the union council.
Rudy says spending his Labor Day working, while others enjoy the holiday off is his own way of giving back to those who took his place in the labor force.
"They're all working for a living, and it’s kind of a way to tell them thank you, let’s have a good time today,” Rudy said.
To those who've worked alongside Bill in the union, they're glad he's giving up his holiday to spend it here.
“He’s always been willing to chip in with anything that he can do,” Brockmiller said of Rudy.
Rudy said he wouldn't want to spend his Labor Day anywhere else.
"They want me to be part of it, and I enjoy that. We all need our friends, and I just enjoy it,” he said.