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Vermilion's Festival of the Fish goes on despite rain

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    Adalynn Summers, 3, plays in the rain with Sawyer Halliwell, 3, during the Festival of the Fish Firefighters Water Fight on Sundayin Vermilion. The girls' fathers are both firefighters competing in the water battle.

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    Scott Garner provides some hydration to members of the Oberlin-based Futuristics during the Festival of the Fish parade Sunday in Vermillion.

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    Reece Holland (left) practices her runway strut before the Princess Pageant during the Vermillion Fish Festival in Vermillion, Friday. Also pictured (from middle left): Caroline Garcia, Mackenzie Neal and Reyse Messer.

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    Mackenzie Neal is announced as Miss Vermilion Junior Princess during the 2019 Pageant at the Vermillion Fish Festival in Vermillion, Friday.

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    Firefighter Tim Brubaker and Captain Jim Tansey of Wakeman Fire battle against two Florence Township firefighters during the Festival of the Fish Firefighters Water Fight, Sunday in Vermilion.

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    Elizabeth Brown, 2018 Crestline Harvest Festival Queen waves to onlookers during the Vermillion Festival of the Fish Parade, Sunday in Vermilion.

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    Massilon resident Jamie Hollinger walks his 7 Shetland Sheepdogs in the Vermillion Festival of the Fish Parade, Sunday in Vermilion.

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    A motorist runs over a traffic cone shortly before the Vermillion Festival of the Fish Parade, Sunday in Vermilion.

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VERMILION — The weather may have been wet and cool, but it didn’t stop the city’s 53rd annual Festival of the Fish.

Sandra Coe, executive director of Vermilion Chamber of Commerce, said the event was a success despite the weather.

“It takes a lot for us to cancel anything, and I’m so very happy we did not cancel any of the events this weekend because people still came out,” she said.

The event’s attendance is usually 25,000 to 35,000 over the weekend. Although she didn’t know what this year’s attendance was, she boasted that there were a lot of festival-goers Friday for the fireworks. Coe said people were packed from the beach to Main Street and Liberty Avenue to watch the fireworks.

The Father’s Day parade could barely start because people could not find their markers in the rain. Thankfully, she said, it was a short period of rain, which she called a miracle.

Following the Father’s Day parade was the Vermilion Firefighters Water Fight at Fire Station No. 1 on Ohio Street. And for the first time in years, the Vermilion firefighters placed first against teams from LifeCare and Wakeman and Florence townships.

Phillip Cole, of Wakeman, came to the festival with his wife and 10-month-old daughter he was pushing in a stroller. Since he knew the band playing at the festival, the Elephants, Cole said he wanted to come down and show his support. He also was happy to come to the festival as a celebration for Father’s Day.

“With our schedules I usually don’t see my wife and daughter a lot throughout the weeks, so any time on the weekend is very precious,” he said. “And to be able to come out and actually do something more than just playing in the living room with our daughter’s toys is definitely a good day.”

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton.
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