Children and adults had tons of fun during the Canada Day celebrations in Vermilion on June 28.
Communities in Bloom hosted a Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Hall to kick things off. Throughout the morning and afternoon, several businesses joined in the fun by offering special tokens or promotional products. The Credit Union Parking was full of several children’s activities including the Library Book Sale, VIBE offering smoothies, a bouncy house, Kerplunk, and Alberta Health Services with an obstacle course.
The Town’s Beef on bun lunch was held between Craig’s Cornerstone and Long’s Value Drug Mart, and the annual Bucket Brigade was much enjoyed by participants and onlookers. Water splashed all around with teams hoping to fill their bucket first.
The enthusiasm didn’t stop there. Over at Lakeland Mall, the St. Jerome’s student council hosted a dunk tank, and barbeque raffle. Both the students and competitors had a lot of fun.
“We would like to thank the volunteers and McDonald’s Family Foods for helping out. This fundraiser helps support extracurricular needs including student council programming, guest speakers, and school spirit activities,” said Student Council President, Matt Beaudette.
For the first time at the Vermilion Agricultural Grounds as their new site, families continued to enjoy the fun on into the evening with a Show and Shine car show, followed by Taste of Vermilion and beer gardens hosted by The Good Life Institute.
The audience enjoyed colourful drum and dance performances by the Cree Agency Crew from Frog Lake First Nation. Additional local dancers from Dance Impressions by Ryan also performed, and guests went on to enjoy musical entertainment by the ‘New Abnormal.’ Closing the evening, the outdoor movie, ‘Dumbo,’ and fireworks created a grand finale.
“What an amazing day!,” said Mayor Caroline McAuley.