Live musical performances, a parade, carnival and fireworks return to LaSalle in June as the town hosts its first in-person Strawberry Festival in three years.
After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family-friendly, outdoor festival will kick off the summer season June 9 to 12 on the grounds of the Vollmer Recreation Complex.
“I think just because of the pandemic and everybody’s been stuck at home (and) now the extracurricular activities that they can attend, I’m sure they’re really looking forward to it,” said LaSalle Mayor Marc Bondy.
“It looks like it should be fun. I’m sure it will be well attended,” Bondy added. “Hopefully it’s another peaceful, non-eventful strawberry festival.”
The fun starts June 9 with a performance by the Mike Seguin and Robert Thibert Jazz Combo at 6:30 p.m., followed by the first performance of the Flying Fools High Dive Show at 8 p.m.
Tayler Lynn rounds out the evening’s musical entertainment at 8:30 p.m.
Local band Leave Those Kids Alone perform classic rock songs written decades before they were born, June 10 at 8:30 p.m., followed by the fireworks show.
Headliner Elton Sean brings glamorous costumes and eye-catching glasses along with the songs of Elton John to the main stage June 11 at 8 p.m.
Kids will love the mascot dance off party June 12 at 12:30 p.m.
And the first local parade of the season rolls down Front Road June 11 at 10 a.m., beginning at Old Front Road and ending at Sacred Heart Drive.
In addition to the stretch of Front Road, roads perpendicular to Front Road on the parade route will be closed from 9:30 to about 10:45 a.m. for the parade.
The highlight of the festival — strawberries from Raymont’s Berries in Cottom and ice cream — will be sold thanks to a partnership between the town and the Life After Fifty club.
Volunteers are needed to clean and cut strawberries, which is taking place June 8 from 5 to 8 p.m., at the LaSalle Fire Service headquarters on Normandy Street.
Admission to the Strawberry Festival is $5, children five an under and adults aged 65 and over are free. Weekend passes are $12, available at the Vollmer Complex until June 8.
Carnival tickets can be purchased at the festival. June 9 is Toonie Night, when all rides are $2.
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The festival grounds are paved and wheelchair accessible. Free parking, including accessible parking, is available in designated lots. A free bike valet service is being offered during the festival by Bike Windsor-Essex.
For security reasons, the size of bags and purses is restricted and are subject to inspection.
Hours are June 9 from 6 to 10 p.m., June 10 from 3 to 11 p.m., June 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and June 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit lasalle.ca/ for further information.
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