Vermilion Fair still going strong after 110 years

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July 26, 2016 12:00 AM

The Vermilion Fair will be taking place from July 28 to 30 and will feature the parade, agriculture shows, a midway, live entertainment and pony chariot races.

It’s almost time for the Vermilion Fair, which is going into year 110, with the theme of Then and Now.
“I would say the whole fair itself is a Then and Now because it’s a very traditional agricultural fair, but we’re also very much modern as well,” said Nicole Templeton, secretary-treasurer for the Vermilion Agricultural Society.
“We have our fair app, we have Snapchat filters for the fair and the parade route, we have Instagram, so our society as a general is very much modern, ” she said.
“But the fair itself is very much traditional, there’s a lot of the traditional things like knitting, crocheting, home goods, baking, stuff like that and as well as our livestock shows.” 
The fair takes place from July 28 to 30 and among the usual livestock shows, there’ll be a new double sanctioned rabbit show this year.
Then there’ll be the staple shows like the light and heavy horse shows and sheep, goat and poultry shows.
For people into farm equipment, the fair will have an antique tractor pull and parade on the Friday and modified tractor pulls on Saturday.
“And all three days we have pony chariot races and the chuck wagon races,” said Templeton.
On Thursday the parade will take place at 11 a.m. down by the Vermilion Mall and will travel through town onto Main Street, finishing near the hospital and nursing home so the residents can get a peak at the festivities.
Charlotte Wasylik, office assistant for the Vermilion Ag. Society,  said last year there were more than 100 horses in the parade as well as lots of different floats from businesses and communities in the area.
“They all come and bring floats and there are marching bands and the RCMP start the parade and there’s lots of music,” she said.
“Very comfortable and entertaining.”
West Coast Amusements will be bringing the midway to town with the ferris wheel, merry go round and what Wasylik calls “the good old usuals” that everyone loves. 
Live entertainment will also be provided all three nights with Twin Kennedy playing Thursday night, Hey Romeo on Friday and Burn N Mahn taking the stage Saturday evening. Last year more than 30,000 people showed up for the fair, which Wasylik said made the small town a bustling place to be. 
“We get lots of revenue and it draws people from all around the province, we’re only a town of 5,000 generally, then the fair really increases the population,” she said.
“It’s very family friendly, very affordable and it’s a wonderful place to meet old friends—it’s a very comfortable, easy going fair, and there’s so many attractions and things to see, but in a very welcoming environment.”

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