• Lorna Hamilton

Celebration Of Vermilion And Multiculturalism


Team Webb’s Ford participating in the Bucket Brigade. Photos Lorna Hamilton

The Good Life Institute held the Celebration of Vermilion and Multiculturalism Day on June 30 and events were held at various locations throughout the day.

A pancake breakfast hosted by the Vermilion Library board was held at the Vermilion Fire Hall starting at 7 a.m. and ran until 9 a.m. Attendees enjoyed pancakes, sausage, and fruit as well as time spent visiting.

Starting from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. there were two lunch fundraisers that provided community residents and visitors a choice of which organization they would like to support. One lunch fundraiser was for the Vermilion Cadets and the second was a lunch and bake sale in support of the Vermilion Food Bank held by Western Financial.


From left, Don Henry, Diane Harms, Logan Harms, Harley Harms, Kataya Cooper, Casey Chapman, Jack Maier, Tracy McNichol and Jill Dutchak holding a fundraiser lunch for the Vermilion Army Cadets.

From left, Hayley Clark, Cora DeVos, Madalyn Wood and Laurie Patoki from Western Financial holding a lunch fundraiser for the Vermilion Food Bank.

Food was not the only focus of the day the Bucket Brigade was held between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. and teams battled it out to see who could fill up their barrel the highest by tossing water through the cutout ring in front of the barrel. The winner of the event was the ‘Townies’ winning a prize sponsored by Bird Hill Liquor.

The ever-popular open stage was held from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. in front of Copper Cork Distillery and provided participants the opportunity to show off their talent. The Vermilion Chamber also held its cash mob between 1 p.m.and 6 p.m.


Shane Thomas performing during Open Stage.

In the evening the Good Life Institute held the Taste of Vermilion where attendees had the opportunity to sample delectable’s from 10 food vendors which included Something Sweet, Cornerstone Co-op, Cornerstone Pub & Grill, Sweets & Treats, Pizza Hut, Subway, Booster Juice, Boston Pizza, The Red Brick and the Masons at the Vermilion Ag Grounds.

Children were not missed during the celebrations as they had the opportunity to jump out some of their energy in a bouncy castle and outdoor games and a family movie.

Indigenous dancers also performed in the evening.

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