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The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce and the Festival of the Fish Committee bring you the Annual Festival of the Fish June 18th to June 20th, 2021. Celebrate the sea in downtown Vermilion, Ohio at Victory Park, 687 Main Street. An amazing entertainment line-up will be offered. Start planning for the Fish Fest Sand Castle Contest, Crazy Craft Race, Parade and Lighted Boat Parade.

Juneteenth is the oldest known US celebration of the abolition of the chattel slave system, and the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in Texas. The question of slavery divided the nation during the decades leading up to the Civil War. But by September of 1862, President Abraham Lincoln made abolition a formal position of the US government when he announced the Emancipation Proclamation.

Participate in the 2021 Festival of the Fish Lighted Boat Parade on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at dusk. Mardi Gras is the theme this year. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. Click on the link to fill out the application form. The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce and the Festival of the Fish Committee bring you the Annual Festival of the Fish June 18th to June 20th, 2021

E5C4P3 - Escape - The Journey Tribute Band will perform live on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at the Festival of the Fish in downtown Vermilion, Ohio at Victory Park from 8 pm to 11 pm. The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce and the Festival of the Fish Committee bring you the Annual Festival of the Fish June 18th to June 20th, 2021. Celebrate the sea in downtown.

The Festival of the Fish Crazy Craft Regatta takes place on June 19, 2021 from 11 am to 12:30 pm. This year's theme is Mardi Gras! Registration is from 11 am to 12:30 pm at the Vermilion Public Boat Ramp picnic area. Parking is limited to 1 vehicle per craft. Race start time is 1 pm sharp. Race start location is the picnic area at the Public Boat Ramp. Race finish location is Water Works Public Docks. Fees: $10.00 per craft.

The Festival of the Fish Sandcastle Contest will take place June 19, 2021 from 9 am to 11:30 am. This year's theme is Mardi Gras. Register for the 2021 Festival of the Fish Sandcastle contest online. Sponsored by Cassell Enterprises, Inc. - Realtors/Builders and Domino's Pizza.

They are back! Disco Inferno will take the main stage at the 2021 Festival of the Fish in downtown Vermilion, Ohio at Victory Park on Friday, June 18, 2021 from 7 pm to 11 pm. Disco Inferno is Sonny D. Lite, Joey "Hollywood" D. Lite, Bjorn Z. Free, and Rocky Bucacci. They are all a cast of professional entertainers from Perfect World Entertainment.

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Discover Vermilion Ohio


Vermilion, Ohio is the crowning jewel of the south shore of Lake Erie. From quaint shops to fine dining, the arts, entertainment and unmatched festivities, Vermilion truly has it all. Be reminded of a simpler time when an afternoon at the beach, a hand-dipped ice cream cone and a stroll along Main Street made your day special. Stay for a day, maybe two, and take home a memory that will last forever.

Downtown Vermilion


Downtown Vermilion, Ohio, "Harbour Town", is home to dozens of retail shops, restaurants, professional businesses, marinas, accommodations and tourist activities. Main Street Beach is a public swimming beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on the north end of Main Street. The Vermilion Lighthouse is located next to Main Street Beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio.

Vermilion Parks & Beaches


Vermilion Ohio is home to several beautiful parks and beaches. Enjoy a picnic, a scenic hike, a bike ride, beautiful views, fabulous sunsets, playgrounds, sports activities, a dip in the water, botanical gardens and more at Vermilion's parks and beaches.

Main Street Beach


Main Street Beach is a public swimming beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on the north end of Main Street. Main Street Beach features an observation deck, a kayak/canoe launch, benches, an ADA mobility mat, and a concession stand.

Vermilion Ohio Lighthouse


The Vermilion Lighthouse is a replica of the original lighthouse that was later moved to Lake Ontario. Known as the "Town of Sea Captains," Vermilion was without a lighthouse for 63 yrs. The lighthouse is located next to Main Street Beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio.

Vermilion Ohio Recreation


Swimmers of all ages enjoy our sandy beaches located in Historic Downtown Vermilion and either side of the city. Recreational boating of every kind, jet skis, canoeing, and sail boats adorn the Vermilion harbor, where ship building was once the major industry.

Attractions & Events


Free concerts, outdoor movies, museums, galleries and more are offered throughout the year in Vermilion, Ohio and surrounding areas. Discover all the arts and entertainment that Vermilion has to offer. Discover Vermilion Ohio's Arts & Entertainment.

Vermilion River & Lake Erie


The Vermilion River, which flows into Lake Erie, endows marina facilities with more than 1,000 boat slips and ramps for easy access to the Lake, earning Vermilion the title of the “Largest Small Boat Harbour on the Great Lakes.” Lake freighters are a regular sight on Lake Erie making their way through the Great Lakes.

Boat Ramps & Guest Docks


Vermilion Ohio invites you to visit our public guest docks and boat ramps. You are in the center of Vermilion's historical district and within easy walking distance of many quaint specialty shops, groceries, ice, restaurants, fast food, historical homes, overnight accommodations, professional services and the beach.

Ultimate Railfan Destination


Trains began running through Vermilion, Ohio starting in 1853. For over 140 years the rumbling, roaring, shaking, screaming tornados have rushed through the quiet village. Ships have come and gone in this little city by the sea, but they were never the acoustic monsters like the trains which roll along like wild demons in a race. Freight of all kinds flies through the city, and as far as we can foresee, it will continue for 140 more years. Such is life in a railroad town.

Vermilion Ohio History


History tells us that the Erie Indians lived along the south shore of Lake Erie until their murderous extinction by the warlike Iroquois from upper New York State in 1655. Then around 1700 the Ottawas, Hurons (Wyandottes) and Chippewas gradually returned to the area for furs to sell to the French traders until they too were pushed out of their hunting and trapping grounds by the pioneering white man. Few Indians remained by 1800. One historian said, "Lake Shore Ohio was an Indian borderland. Indian habitation was a nervous, restless one punctuated by wars, international rivalries and disasters."

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