Thousands of people flooded the Vermilion Agricultural Grounds from July 25 - 27, taking in a mix of the midway, agricultural shows, and entertainment.
The parade kicked off the Fair with a variety of entries categorized in commercial, out of town, senior and junior organizations, comic, pioneer, antique, and decorated cars. People of all ages enjoyed watching the colourful floats pass by, most tailored to the theme celebrating “Yesterdays Memories, Tomorrows Dreams.”
Following the rain, visitors then proceeded to the fair grounds, meandering through trade booths, the bench fair, food vendors, and the midway. Equipment displays, and several livestock shows were of interest to agricultural enthusiasts. Old MacDonald’s Barn and a sand box provided additional favourite activities for children.
Full grandstands supported the pony chariot and chuckwagon races, as well as musical entertainment from The Bromantics, Don Bryan, and Mick Dalla-Vee. Musical performances by Karac Hendrick and Kalsey Kulyk kept the crowd dancing in the beer gardens.
High action included the tractor pulls, cowboy mounted shooters, and heavy horse shows. New demonstrations this year included a threshing display, and a shorthorn show.
Fairgoers from as far as Australia had no shortage of interesting events and tried their best to take in their favourites during the three day span. Following a few more showers on July 27, a marvelous display of fireworks provided a celebratory close to the small town fair.