Strawberry Fest Weekend Underway In LaSalle

The 30th annual LaSalle Strawberry Festival is underway.

The four-day event kicked off Thursday evening at Gil Maure Park with opening ceremonies and a youth talent competition.

The festival features rides and games, fireworks on Friday night, a parade on Saturday morning, live entertainment and of course strawberries.

Festival co-chair Sue Desjarlais says they have lots.

"We cleaned 250 flats on Wednesday night and we have another 50 to 100 coming in on Friday.  That's a lot of berries, about 2,000 pounds or about a ton.  That's a lot of strawberries but they're really good this year," says Desjarlais.

She says the festival has changed over the years.

"The festival has grown from 30 years ago when maybe they had 2,500 to 3,000.  We know this weekend if the weather holds out we're expecting between 25,000 and 30,000 people," says Desjarlais.

She says there are some changes this year.

"Different rides this year.  We have 15 all together instead of 13 last year.  We have some different food vendors.  There's all kinds of, if you will, trash food, carnival food, carnie food and it all looks and smells amazing," says Desjarlais.

Admission is $5 per person or $12 for a weekend pass..