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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!!

Vermilion!!! FIREWORKS will be10pm tonight, Saturday, June 14th. Due to high winds last night off the lake we had no choice but to reschedule them for this Saturday. After meeting with the Committee for an early morning meeting we have concluded FIREWORKS at 10pm tonight and Lighted Boat Parade will be after Fireworks at about 10:30pm. We do apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused but safety must come first. Hope to see you tonight.

New event at Festival of the Fish register for the Family FUN Fishing Derby by clicking on the flyer below.

fish derby


Craft Vendor Flyer

Click Here for Festival of the Fish Forms:



2014 Festival of the Fish

Schedule Of Events

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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, 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 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.

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 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 the Opening Ceremonies following about 6:00 pm.  The Queens Pageant begins at 6:30 pm.  Nashville Recording Artist Chris Higbee kicks off the evening of free music and fun at 8:00 pm and will play until the fireworks start at approximately 10:30 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.  Also don’t forget to sign up for the Pizza Eating Contest on the Main Stage.  Enjoy the musical styling of Bower Drive at 6:00 pm and Christian Kaiser at 9:00 pm.  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.  Food, entertainment, vendors, games and beverages each day beginning at noon in and around Victory Park.

 Festival of the Fish Highlights


Lighted Boat Parade

Crazy Craft Race

Queen’s 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

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Pizza Eating Contest

Details Coming Soon


Parade Map

2014 Parade Map

2014 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 vermilionchamber@centurytel.net.


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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