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Festival of the Fish JUNE 17TH – JUNE 19th 2016

2016 Festival of the Fish

June 17th-19th

Join us in downtown Vermilion for the 50th Annual Festival of the Fish June 17th-19th featuring FREE daily entertainment & FREE admission, kid’s games, food and marketplace, Fireworks Friday, June 17th, parade Sunday June 19th. Lighted boat parade, Pet Parade, sand castle building contest, crazy craft race, Queens’s pageant, fishing tournament and Firefighters water fights! Call 440-967-4477 or

E-mail: vermilionchamber@centurytel.net website www.vermilionohio.com

Festival Hours: Fri-Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-6pm.

Please email all vendor inquiries to vermilionchamber@centurytel.net.  Include pictures of your set-up and a list of items selling and if a food vendor a complete list of menu items and pictures of set-up to be considered by the Festival Committee.  Thank you!

 2016 Festival of the Fish Coming Soon

Vermilion’s Festival of the Fish is one of the largest festivals in the area.  Every year the City of Vermilion celebrates the sea on a grand scale with parades, FISH TMboat parades, races, pageants, contests, food, entertainment, markets and much much more.  This is a “don’t-miss” event of the year each Father’s Day Weekend.  On Friday young girls vie for the coveted title of guppy, princess, Little Miss and queen in one of the largest festival pageants in the county.  Dozens of animals walk in the annual pet parade.  Kids games take place at the gazebo.

FF Pet Parade 2013 (18)

 Friday kicks off at noon as the Midway opens with lots of delicious foods and spectacular craft vendors.  Live entertainment nightly on the Main Stage. Fox 8’s own Dick Goddard will be on hand to start the Pet Parade on the Main Stage at 12:30 pm.  The Princess Pageant begins at 2:30 pm with the Opening Ceremonies following about 6:00 pm.  The Queens Pageant begins at 6:30 pm.   On Saturday the day kicks off with a 5 K run and 1 – mile walk sponsored by the YMCA and a Sand Castle Contest at Main Street Beach.

The Crazy FF Crazy Craft Race 2013 (10)Craft Races take place at 1 pm on the Vermilion River.  The event is open to all, so all you need is some imagination to build whatever kind of vessel inspires you.   The annual Lighted Boat Parade takes place at dusk on the Vermilion River on Saturday enjoy the wonderful boats as they move from the Port Authority docks to the break wall.  The Annual Father’s Day Parade steps off at 12:30 pm on Sunday.  Don’t miss the wet and wild Firefighters Water Fight immediately following the parade.   Food, entertainment, vendors, games and beverages each day beginning at noon in and around Victory Park.

 Festival of the Fish Highlights


Lighted Boat Parade  Theme “All American Red Neck Yacht Club”

Crazy Craft Race Theme  “All American Red Neck Yacht Club”

Queen’s Pageant

Princess Pageant

Guppy Pageant

Little Miss Pageant

5K Run

Sand Castle Contest

Vendors, Entertainment, Food

Exchange Park Market Place Crafts and Collectibles

Father’s Day Parade

Pet Parade

Firefighters Water Fight

FF Firefighters Water Fight 2013 (7)DSCN2947FF Pizza Eating Contest 2013 (7)FF Sand Castle Contest 2013 (6)


Parade Map

Coming Soon


Festival Location

Rt. 60 (Main St.) between Rt. 6 (Liberty Avenue) and Ohio Street, in the center of the historic downtown Vermilion, Ohio.  For more information, call the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce at (440) 967-4477 or e-mail at vermilionchamber@centurytel.net.



Fireworks River Closure information

On June 17th 2016 the Festival of the Fish Committee will be hosting fireworks on the detached break wall at the entrance to the Vermilion River. Due to the safety of this event we are asking spectators and boaters to take a look at the map of the area and please be aware of our safety zones that will be set in place.


The west entrance to the Vermilion River will not be accessible once the fireworks are placed on the break wall.  We are asking that boaters use the east entrance to navigate both in and out of the Vermilion River.


There will be complete river closure starting at 9:30pm until 11:00pm or later. The fireworks display is set to begin at 10:00pm.  There will be five to six temporary buoys set up 500’ around the detached break wall and boaters are permitted to watch the fireworks show on the north side of these buoys.  Both attached piers the one by Main Street Beach and the other by Lagoon Beach will be off limit to spectators.


There will be no parking from Huron Street to Main Street Beach except for emergency vehicles only. This area will be blocked off for Thursday, June 16th at midnight until fireworks display is over estimated at 11:00pm on Friday, June 17th.  Police will enforce this by towing your vehicle at owner’s expense.  Fireworks will be visible from the lake outside the safety zone (see map), Main Street Beach and Festival area.


Thank you in advance for understanding as we understand there may be a few inconveniences.  Most importantly relax and enjoy he fireworks display at the 2016 Festival of the Fish.  If you have any questions please email the Vermilion Chamber at vermilionchamber@centurytel.net.




The Festival of the Fish Committee


2016 FF river closure map

Crazy Craft 2014

2016 Festival of the Fish Forms

Craft Vendor must email a picture of your set up and items you sell to vermilionchamber@centurytel.net once your craft has been accepted/approved into the festival a contract will be mailed to you to be filled out and sent in with payment.  If you have any questions please email the Chamber at vermilionchamber@centurytel.net .      Food …

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Fireworks Sponsorship

Interested in being a sponsor? The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce and the Festival of the Fish Committee are currently seeking Sponsors for the 2016 Festival of the Fish Fireworks display. Fireworks will be held Friday, June 17 2016 to kick -off the Festival of the Fish weekend festivities. The Fireworks Fund needs around $15,000 for this …

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