Saturday , 15 May 2021
From left, Leanne Martin, Tim DeRoo, and Louis Genest.

Chamber BBQ heats up downtown

Community members gathered to celebrate Vermilion businesses last night during the Vermilion & District Chamber of Commerce barbecue.

MLA, Garth Rowswell, joined in the fun as people were cheery to meet outside and grab a surprise bag or hamburger.

“It’s a big deal,” said Rowswell.

“I talked to a few of the businesses on how they managed through the pandemic and they said one of the biggest challenges was letting people know that they were open. This event is a great way to do that.”

Vermilion-Lloydminster-Wainwright MLA, Garth Rowswell.

With sunshine above, the Credit Union parking lot worked well as a venue to allow everyone to participate while maintaining social distance. Bargain Shop representatives came to show their support and thank the community for continuing to shop local.

“The whole point was to recognize and support our community for supporting the businesses through a challenging time, and to let everyone know that Vermilion is open for business,” said chamber board member, Tannis Henderson.

From left, Cathy Larsen, Big Red, and Lynn Petersen.

According to County of Vermilion River Natural Gas Utility System Manager, Tim DeRoo, the county had changed a lot of their trucks over to use natural gas. He said the barbecue was on its maiden voyage and was run off the truck.

Pies and pop were also part of the meal and many chamber volunteers helped out. Overall everyone enjoyed the meal and the change to grab some local swag.

About Angela Mouly

Angela comes to Lakeland Connect after leaving traditional newspaper where she spent the past four years reporting on community events. Her repertoire includes writing about history, politics, agriculture, sports, entertainment and art. She was the third place recipient of an AWNA General Excellence Award for “Best Front Page” during their 2016 Better Newspaper Competition. Angela has lived in rural Alberta all her life and in Vermilion for the past 15 years. She looks forward to continuing to serve and inform the Lakeland community by joining in people's many adventures and sharing their stories.