Festival of the Fish CANCELLED FOR 2020

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Festival of the Fish


Join us in downtown Vermilion for the 54th Annual Festival of the Fish  featuring FREE daily entertainment & FREE admission, kid’s games, food and marketplace, Fireworks Friday, June 19th, Parade Sunday June 21st . Lighted boat parade, Sand castle building contest, Crazy Craft Race, Queens’s Pageant, Antique Wooden Boat Parade and Firefighters Water Fights!


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        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.  

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.   The Guppy & Junior Miss Pageant begins at 12:30 pm followed by the Princess Pageant at 2:00 pm and the Queens Pageant begins at 3:00 pm.   FIREWORKS at dusk launched off the break wall over beautiful Lake Erie. 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. Take in all the beautiful Antique Wooden Boats in the Antique Wooden Boat Parade.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

Firefighters Water Fight

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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 14th 2019 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 13th at midnight until fireworks display is over estimated at 11:00pm on Friday, June 14th.  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 2019 Festival of the Fish.  If you have any questions please email the Vermilion Chamber at vermilionchamber1@gmail.com


The Festival of the Fish Committee