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Festival of the Fish JUNE 16TH – JUNE 18th 2017

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June 16th-18th

Join us in downtown Vermilion for the 51st Annual Festival of the Fish June 16th-18th featuring FREE daily entertainment & FREE admission, kid’s games, food and marketplace, Fireworks Friday, June 16th, parade Sunday June 18th. Lighted boat parade, Pet Parade, sand castle building contest, crazy craft race, Queens’s pageant, Antique Wooden Boat Parade and Firefighters water fights!

Call 440-967-4477 or

E-mail: vermilionchamber1@gmail.com website www.vermilionohio.com

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

Please email all vendor inquiries to vermilionchamber1@gmail.com.  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!

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2017 Festival of the Fish Parade Application

2017 Festival of the Fish Queens Pageant

2017 Festival of the Fish Princess Pageant

2017 Festival of the Fish Junior Miss Pageant

2017 Festival of the Fish Little Miss and Guppy Pageant

2017 Festival of the Fish Lighted Boat Parade Entry Form

2017 Crazy Craft Race Rules and Entry Form

2017 Sandcastle Reg Form

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Wooden Antique Boat Entry Form

 2017 51st Anniversary Festival of the Fish Schedule of Events


Click link below for printable schedule of events

2017 Festival of the Fish Schedule of Events

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.

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 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.

DSC_0664The Crazy 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. DSC_0906  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

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Lighted Boat Parade  

Crazy Craft Race Theme 

Antique Wooden Boat Parade

Queen’s Pageant

Princess Pageant

Guppy Pageant

Little Miss Pageant

Vermilion YMCA 5K Run

Sand Castle Contest

Vendors, Entertainment, Food

Exchange Park Market Place Crafts and Collectibles

Father’s Day Parade

Pet Parade

Firefighters Water Fight


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Parade Map

FF parade Map


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 vermilionchamber1@gmail.com.



Fireworks River Closure information

On June 16th 2017 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 15th at midnight until fireworks display is over estimated at 11:00pm on Friday, June 16th.  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 2017 Festival of the Fish.  If you have any questions please email the Vermilion Chamber at vermilionchamber1@gmail.com




The Festival of the Fish Committee


2016 FF river closure map

2016 Sandcastle Flyer

2017 Festival of the Fish Forms

2017 Festival of the Fish Schedule of Events Click below for printable Festival of the Fish Schedule of Events 2017 Festival of the Fish Schedule of Events Craft Vendor must email a picture of your set up and items you sell to vermilionchamber1@gmail.com once your craft has been accepted/approved into the festival a contract will be …

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Fireworks Sponsorship

Interested in becoming a sponsor? The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce and the Festival of the Fish Committee are currently seeking Sponsors for the 2017 Festival of the Fish Fireworks display. Fireworks will be held Friday, June 16, 2017 to kick -off the Festival of the Fish weekend festivities. The Fireworks Fund needs around $15,000 for this …

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