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Change in location doesn't hurt Night Market

Members of the Lasalle Horticultural Society Pose for photo at market.

A last minute change in venue didn’t dampen the spirits of hundreds who attended the opening of the LaSalle Night Market.


Usually held at the town hall, Sunday’s event which ran from 4-8 p.m. was switched to the Event Centre on Front Road due to the possibility of inclement weather.


“We’ve done it before, back in June of 2023,” said LaSalle Supervisor of Recreation Owen Stichhaller, of switching locations. “A lot of work and communication has to go out.”


This is the sixth year for the Night Market which is held on the last Sunday of each month and can accommodate up to 85 vendors.


“We let them know ahead of time about the change,” he said.


The only disruption to the scheduled event, according to Stichhaller was that there was supposed to be an agility dogs’ display who were going to utilize a grassy area at the municipal building. The change to the Event Centre could not accommodate it.


With the help of municipal staff and the vendors themselves the switch in locations was almost seamless and the parking lot at the Event Centre was full by 4:30 p.m. Stichhaller said that just 15 minutes prior to vendors setting up, a bike rodeo hosted by the LaSalle Police was just wrapping up.


As always, there was lots to do and see and purchase at the Night Market including live entertainment, face-painting, great eats including pretzels, and since it is spring, the LaSalle Horticultural Society had a booth set up.


“We want people to become members so they can enjoy their space at home,” said Society member Lisa Taylor.


Taylor explained that the local horticultural group likes to refer to themselves as Ambassadors and each year have a Trillium Award for those who do an exceptional job on their home gardens.

Change in location doesn’t hurt Night Market

By Fred Groves

 

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