Vermillion celebrates independence in a grand style You can tell by the expression of Morgan Fuller, 4-year-old daughter of Deanna and Gene Fuller, that she believes its great to be free. Morgan and scores of other youth and adults came to Vermillion's Fourth of July celebration at Barstow Park, and enjoyed a wide range of fun activities. The celebration concluded with a grand fireworks display. The Vermillion community celebrated independence in grand style July 4 at Barstow Park.
"The event was a huge success with record high numbers," said Jill LeCates, executive director of the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce. "We believe well over 2,000 people were in attendance."
LeCates noted that the food vendors walked away at the end of the night happy with their sales Attendees had the option of playing bingo, visiting
the beer gardens or participating in many carnival activities,
including a ferris wheel, mini train and bouncy castle.
"The castle was the big hit of the day," she said. as the big hit
After several hours of family fun, LeCates said, the grounds slowly filled up with blankets and lawn chairs to watch a fireworks display put on by the Vermillion Fire Department.
LeCates and other members of the community say the display by far is the best the Vermillion community has seen.
"It was amazing," she said.
The Chamber of Commerce thanks its corporate sponsors, Hy-Vee, Jones' Ace Hardware, Coca Cola, Pepsi, EMS, Recuerdo's, St. Agnes Youth Group, ARAMARK, Cherry Street Grille, the Eagles Club, Vermillion Jaycees and True Value Hardware for sponsoring the food and carnival games.
"We wish to also thank the businesses and individuals who contributed to the fireworks fund and a special thank you to the city of Vermillion and the Vermillion Fire Department for putting on the most spectacular fireworks display in southeast South Dakota," LeCates said. "We are already starting the plans for July 4, 2003!"