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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

Celebration Of Vermilion And Taste Of Vermilion


Team Town Of Vermilion, took first place for the fifth consecutive year. Photos Lorna Hamilton

Under cloudy skies but warm temperatures, the Good Life Institute hosted the Celebration of Vermilion and Taste of Vermilion on June 26. While not officially branded as Canada Day festivities, this event served as an early kickoff to the celebrations held in various nearby communities.

This year’s event, running from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., was a departure from previous years, accommodating all family members. Although the main activities commenced later in the day, two local businesses seized the opportunity to offer lunchtime events. Christina’s Home Furnishings hosted a BBQ lunch, with proceeds benefiting the VES Hot Lunch Program, while Western Financial served up pork on a bun.

As the evening progressed, a plethora of activities and entertainment options catered to attendees of all ages. ATB sponsored kids’ games and Freezies, while the VIBE tent offered balloon animals, face painting, glitter tattoos, and outdoor games such as giant Jenga. Additional attractions included a library sidewalk chalk competition and the Burnt Rock skateboarding competition.



The event’s highlight, the famous Bucket Brigade water relay, began at 4 p.m. Teams competed fervently, with the Town of Vermilion team clinching victory for the fifth consecutive year, narrowly defeating Ireland Farm Equipment.

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Musical performances and dance displays captivated audiences on the open stage at the heart of Main Street. Featured artists included Amanda Coupal, Shane Thomas, Cassie Cameron, Grady Ganton and Family, alongside Chinese dancers and line dancing classes.

Starting at 5 p.m., the Taste of Vermilion showcased culinary delights from local restaurants. Attendees savored offerings from Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant, Boston Pizza, Delicious Bites, The Red Brick, Pizza Hut, Cornerstone Co-op, Booster Juice, Mau Lam Restaurant, Express Pizza, White Swan, Subway, and the Night Owl.

Fantasy Flowers was also giving away single flowers during the evening. Vendors were also onsite selling their creations and services. Attendees could also fill out the Taste of Vermilion Passports by visiting each location providing them a chance to win a mini fridge, donated by the Town of Vermilion!

This vibrant community event celebrated Vermilion’s local culture and cuisine, providing a memorable experience for all who attended.

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