Time to Grin and Woolly-bear it….

This weekend could be a “Bear”, and that’s a good thing.

Well, it’s that time of year again. The Woollybear Festival arrives in Vermilion and with it some cooler temps for boaters.


For those of you unfamiliar with the Woollybear festival it started as a small project of Dick Goddard involving the forecasting of winter, and grew over the years to nearly 100,000 folks visiting our little town.  The Woollybear Caterpillar is said to be a great predictor of the upcoming winter season. The thicker the coat, and varied dimensions of the Woollybears rings the harsher the winter and then again the lighter the coat and coloring the fairer the cold conditions are said to be.


Of course it’s more then just about bugs, there will be entertainment, food stuffs and all kinds of family friendly activity throughout the downtown.


This all takes place Sunday the 6th.

What this means for Romp’s Dockers

Not much will change here at Romp’s. You still will be able to access the marina like usual, and your dockside parking will not be affected. There will be kids out front of the marina parking cars for Vermilion Soccer club. They will let any marina dockers pass without issue.

The only thing you need concern yourselves with will be traffic. There will be a lot of folks coming into town, and a parade at mid-day closing downtown. So if your coming out to the boat, our suggestion is come early and avoid the rush.  More on Woolybear activities here…@ http://vermilionchamber.net/

That said the forecast could be a mix for both Bears and Boaters.

Your weekend forecast (NWS):

REST OF TODAY…Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots becoming west and
increasing to 15 to 20 knots. Patchy fog late this morning. A
slight chance of showers late this morning, then a chance of
showers and thunderstorms early this afternoon. A slight chance
of showers and thunderstorms late. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
TONIGHT…West winds 15 to 20 knots becoming northwest. A chance
of showers. Waves 3 to 6 feet. Waves occasionally around 7 feet.
FRIDAY…North winds 15 to 20 knots becoming northeast 10 to
15 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 3 to 5 feet subsiding to 2 to
4 feet. Waves occasionally around 6 feet.
FRIDAY NIGHT…Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots becoming east.
Partly cloudy. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
SATURDAY…Southeast winds 15 to 20 knots becoming south. A
chance of showers Saturday night. Waves 1 to 3 feet building to
2 to 4 feet.
SUNDAY…Southwest winds 15 to 20 knots becoming west 10 to
15 knots. Showers likely during the day, then a chance of showers
Sunday night. Waves 2 to 4 feet building to 3 to 5 feet, then
subsiding to 1 to 3 feet.