Expect a delight to the senses on First Street during two La Salle festivals, starting with the aroma from smokers and grills Friday and ending with fireworks Saturday night.
City crews and volunteers were busy this week setting up for family friendly weekend events, the BBQ-n-Blues on Friday and Jazz’N the Street on Saturday.
La Salle Business Association vice president Leah Inman said she loves the smells the weekend brings.
“Walking down First Street on Friday, it smells amazing,” Inman said.
“It starts at seven in the morning, and by noon, there’s a haze above First Street, and it smells so good.”
Wednesday, the city closed one block of First Street west of Joliet Street, and city crews were stringing a web of lights across and above the street.
The BBQ event includes a rib cook-off contest, BBQ vendors, a beer garden and bands.
Jazz’N the Street includes wine tasting, craft beer, cocktails, food vendors and music. The Saturday’s event’s presenting sponsor is St. Margaret’s Health.
Free parking and admission:
BBQ-n-Blues, 4-10:30 p.m. Friday, downtown La Salle.
The rib cook-off kicks off at 7 a.m. Friday and contestants have until 6 p.m. to turn-in their masterpieces. Judging begins at 6 p.m. Award-winning ribs announced at 8 p.m.
There will be 50/50 tickets for sale by City of La Salle.
Bands: 4:30 p.m. Written Warning, 6:30 p.m. Dave Fields, 8:30 p.m. Jimmy Nick and Don’t Tell Mama.
Jazz’N the Street, 4-10:30 p.m. Saturday.
Bands: 4 p.m. The Jazz Crew, 5:30 p.m. Wes Hausken Trio, 6 p.m. The Jack Miuccio Band, 7:30 p.m. Wes Hausken Trio, 8 p.m. Gene-n-Tonic.
Fireworks at 10 p.m.
Ali Braboy and Craig Sterrett contributed to this report.