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Wednesday June 17th, 2015

Posted at 9:40pm

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Photo by Jolene Perron

Organizers of the 28th annual LaSalle Strawberry Festival are calling the weekend event a success.

They say that this years festival included 42 parade entrants, with 42 craft vendors and 15 food vendors in the park. The LaSalle Kin Club hosted an adult beverage tent featuring Walkerville Brewery beers. There were 300 flats of strawberries that were either eaten with ice cream, or purchased in quarts or flats to take home.

Attendance was slightly down this year with 20,000 people attending, compared to 24,000 people in 2014. Festival organizers say they are pleased with the turnout considering the threat of storms throughout the weekend. The festival was closed early on Sunday afternoon due to the weather.

The Town of LaSalle shares a percentage of the proceeds with the LaSalle Turtle Club who organize volunteers to work at the admission gates, the LaSalle Stompers Soccer Club who organize volunteers to work at the strawberries and ice cream booth, and with the LaSalle Kin Club who organize parking volunteers.

“This is a great event to show off LaSalle’s community spirit,” Mayor Ken Antaya said. “Council appreciates the effort of the town staff and volunteers who make this event happen every year.”

Organizers expect the event to at least break even, but a final total isn’t available yet as they are collecting the final invoices.

Next year’s LaSalle Strawberry Festival will be held from June 9th to 12th, 2016.

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