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Festival of the Fish JUNE 13TH – JUNE 15TH 2014

  • The Festival of the Fish was a huge success!!
  • Fish Festival!
  • Firefighter Water Fight!
  • Ready, Set, Go.....
  • This was great and if you stood close you got cooled off :)
  • Looking good
  • Midway
  • Whistle blows and go...
  • A Wonderful weekend was had by all!
  • Perky the Perch got a face lift this year
  • Queens participants with Kingston the Lion
  • Official opening of the Festival of the Fish ribbon cutting ceremony
  • 1st Annual Pizza Eating Contest was a blast!!
  • Past Queen Sarah singing the National Anthem!!
  • Pizza Eating Contest Winners
  • Sand Castle Contest
  • Great Day to Build Sand Castles on Main Street Beach
  • Festival of the Fish Father's Day Parade
  • Committee Members showing off their Fish Hats!!!
  • Hello SPARKY!!


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Fireworks at the Festival of the Fish! Festival committee seeking sponsors for the event.

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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, boat parades, races, pageants, contests, food, entertainment, markets and 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 princess or 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.

Festival of the Fish Schedule of Events 2013 FF Schedule events

Friday kicks off at noon as the Midway opens with lots of delicious foods and spectacular craft vendors. 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 Opening Ceremonies following about 6:00 pm. The Queens Pageant begins at 6:30 pm. Colin Dussault's Blues Project Band starts on the Main Stage at 8:30 pm and will play until 11pm. Don't forget to join us on Main Street at Dusk for the First Every Fish Festival Fireworks Display!! On Saturday the day kicks off with a 5K run and 1-mile walk sponsored by the YMCA and a Sand Castle Contest at Main Street Beach. The Crazy Craft Races take place at 1 pm on tFishFest2he Vermilion River. The event is open to all, so all you need is some imagination to build whatever kind of vessel inspires you. Also don't forget to sign up the Pizza Eating Contest on the Main Stage at 3pm. And enjoy the musical styling of Color Wheel who will perform on the Main Stage from 7p-11p.

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. Also help us close out the festivities by enjoying the wonderful music of the Summer of 65' band on the Main Stage from 2:30-5:00 pm.
Food, entertainment, vendors and beverages each day beginning at noon in Victory Park.

2013 Schedule of Events

2013 FF Schedule

Fish Fest Highlights

  • Fireworks
  • Lighted Boat Parade
  • Crazy Craft Race
  • Queens Pageant - Princess Pageant
  • 5K Run
  • Sand Castle Contest
  • Vendors, Entertainment, Food
  • Exchange Park Market Place Crafts and Collectables
  • Father's Day Parade
  • Pet Parade
  • Firefighters Water Fight


New to the Festival of the Fish this year!!! Pizza Eating Contest Sponsored by: Dominos Pizza


Pizza eating contest


PIzza eating contest







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.

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Crazy Craft 2014

2014 Festival of the Fish Forms

Please see the following Craft Vendor Informational sheet.  This information sheet can not be used to enter the festival you 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 full contract will be mailed to you to be filled out and sent …

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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 2014 Festival of the Fish Fireworks display. Fireworks will be held Friday, June 13 2014 to kick -off the Festival of the Fish weekend festivities. The Fireworks Fund needs around $15,000 for this …

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