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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

The Vermilion Fair: An Affordable Delight With Abundant Attractions


Fair goers enjoying a pancake breakfast before the parade. Photo Vermilion Voice

Amidst the numerous fairs and festivals that dot the region, the Vermilion Fair stands out as a beacon of affordability and captivating experiences for all. Serving as Western Canada’s Largest and Oldest Traditional Agricultural Fair, this remarkable event attracts thousands of enthusiastic locals and visitors from far and wide, thanks in part to its affordable nature and a diverse range of events that are included in the gate pass.

Setting a precedent for accessibility, the Vermilion Fair ensures that everyone can partake in the festivities without breaking the bank. A day pass costs a mere $10 per person, and for those eager to soak up the Fair’s atmosphere, a three-day pass can be purchased for just $20 per person. To further enhance the inclusivity, children under six can pass through the gates completely free of charge. With such budget-friendly options, attending this vibrant celebration of agriculture and community is within reach for all.

Regardless of the pass chosen, visitors are granted access to the plethora of events spread throughout the Fairgrounds each day. From the moment one steps foot onto the grounds, a wide array of captivating spectacles unfolds. However, it’s important to note that the West Coast amusement rides, food and beverage purchases, as well as the cost of beverages at the beer gardens and trade show purchases, are not covered by the gate pass.

One of the most beloved attractions at the Vermilion Fair is the exhibit hall, eagerly anticipated by attendees year after year. After an unfortunate hiatus last year, the Vermilion Agricultural Society is thrilled to announce its return. This grand exhibition showcases a magnificent array of agricultural items, including a dedicated section exclusively for men, a horticultural exhibit brimming with vibrant flora, a home products exhibit showcasing the talent of local artisans, a handi-craft section celebrating craftsmanship, and a dedicated space for both the youth and seniors to shine. If you would like to enter an exhibit please remember the deadline to register is July 17 and entries must be brought to the Vermilion Curling rink on July 26 between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.

But that’s not all that awaits visitors at the Vermilion Fair. Culinary enthusiasts and foodies alike will be thrilled by the presence of numerous local and out-of-town food vendors, ensuring that no belly goes unfilled. Among the esteemed local vendors set to tantalize taste buds are J.R. Robson School, Route 16 (from Lloydminster), Night Owl Sweets & Treats, Anthony’s Classic Grill, Something Sweet Coffee & Bake Shop, the Red Brick, and Lasting Impressions. With such a diverse lineup of culinary delights, there is something to appease every craving.

The Vermilion Fair is about community spirit, and bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate the rich agricultural heritage of Vermilion, and Western Canada. Its commitment to affordability, coupled with the expansive range of attractions, makes it a must-visit destination for locals and tourists alike. So mark your calendars and prepare to be wowed by the Vermilion Fair’s delightful offerings, where memories are made and traditions are upheld.

For more information and updates on the Vermilion Fair, please visit the official website at www.vermilionag.ca

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