VIDEO: Use Transit to Attend LaSalle Strawberry Festival: Town Officials

The town of LaSalle is encouraging people going to this weekend's Strawberry Festival to use LaSalle Transit as it expects parking will be a bit of a roller coaster ride.

The festival was forced to move locations to the Vollmer Centre due to flooding at its old location at Gil Maure Park.

But given there will still be regular activities at the Vollmer, town officials are trying to head off any parking concerns and issues by offering free transit service June 6-9, plus adding another bus to its route.

"Regular bus stops, we are running two buses instead of one and like I said, Transit Windsor has been amazing to help us with that, so that will ease some of the parking, it is going to be interesting, the Vollmer is normally crazy on a weekend so it is going to be silly crazy," says Councillor Sue Desjarlais.


LaSalle Strawberry Festival June 6-9, 2019 (Photo by AM800's Teresinha Medeiros)

LaSalle Manager of Recreation Patti Funaro admits it has been a challenge moving the festival within a few weeks time and trying to figure out where to locate the vendors, carnival and entertainment but it is all falling into place.

The move will cost the town $35,000 to locate power, water and enhance security.

She says transit is the easiest option to get to the festival.

"We are still anticipating that parking is going to be a bit of a challenge because we do have lots of other activities going on throughout the weekend."

In addition, two shuttle buses will operate on Friday night to bring patrons to and from the festival for the fireworks at the Vollmer. One bus will travel between Town Hall and the Vollmer Complex, and one between the old Centennial Arena site and the Vollmer Complex.   Fireworks take place at 10:06pm near the pond at the Vollmer Complex.

There is no change in the parade route which will take place Saturday at 10am along Front Rd. between Reaume Rd. and Sacred Heart Dr. 

Between 20,000 and 25,000 people attend the four day festival.