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.”
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.
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.