The town of LaSalle may be small, but when it comes to celebrating community, they go all out.
LaSalle’s 40th Annual Days kicked off on Friday after dropping the festivities in 2020 due to COVID-19. The event included a memorial horseshoe tournament, live music, a tour of the Smokin ‘Bros. barbecue truck, bounce houses and a screening of the movie “The Croods: A New Age” in the park.
On Saturday, Boy Scout Pack # 4 gathered early to help with a pancake breakfast before the parade started at 10 a.m. with floats, classic cars and other entries.
The long-awaited annual mud volleyball tournament pitted 16 teams against each other to compete for the title of pit lane champion. The teams took it in turns to face each other, with the winners advancing to the next round.
As the mud and garbage talks hovered over the volleyball tournament, in the city’s main park, vendors, food trucks, organizations and various businesses pitched tents to showcase their products and services.
While many vendors at the celebration were returning attendees, the city saw new faces, said Karen Frazier-Rohrer, the city’s administrative assistant.
“I think we had 75 suppliers. Not all the spaces are filled so not everyone came, but we have a pretty good turnout, ”said Clerk and Treasurer Gail Odenbaugh.
Donald Denoncourt and his wife, Jennifer Denoncourt, have set up an exhibit of their unique handmade cigar guitars.
“It’s an age-old art to make them,” said Jennifer Denoncourt. “They’ve come a long way and they kind of disappeared for a while. There is history; that’s what people would do when they wanted to have an instrument. They put them together, made music and enjoyed it. Now it is just beautiful.
The Greeley couple were more than happy to return for the annual event.
“It’s nice to be back and to go to things like this,” said Donald Denoncourt.
“People are so ready to go out, and it’s nice to be with people again,” added his wife, Jennifer.
Throughout the day, parents occupied the kids with craft projects, balloon artists, cartoonish designs and bouncy houses while Pirate Radio 104.7 FM provided music. Afternoon activities included a Dance Factory show, a vintage car exhibit, a demonstration from the LaSalle Recreational Incentive Camp and a memorial ceremony at the town’s fire hall in honor of the alumni. LaSalle fighters.
Saturday’s festivities ended at the city’s community center, 101 Todd Avenue, with the Don Juan Dinner, a live performance from Inspire Dance Studio, and a fireworks show.
A mixed softball tournament is scheduled for 8 a.m. Sunday at the Todd Avenue baseball fields.
For more information on LaSalle Days 2021, visit www.lasalletown.com.