Vermilion’s legion of volunteers is four times that of communities five times our size. Volunteers roll up their sleeves to make this town the beautiful gem that it is. They plant and water stunning summer flowers. They raise funds that maintain our historic buildings. They donate public art and clean the beaches. Volunteers organize countless summer and winter activities such as Ice-A-Fair, Chalk Walk, Hot Diggity Dog, the Festival of the Fish, Santa’s arrival by boat, and the sandcastle building competition. Our Volunteers also run Ohio’s largest one-day free public event, the legendary WOOLLYBEAR FESTIVAL, now over 50 years old and still growing. Vermilion is the work of people who love and take ownership of this Small Town on a Great Lake.