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Vernon Winter Carnival wraps up on high note

Angie and Matt Tumlinson, owners of the Sprouted Fig, test their Mexican chili during the Downtown Vernon Association’s chilli cook-off Saturday. - Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star
Angie and Matt Tumlinson, owners of the Sprouted Fig, test their Mexican chili during the Downtown Vernon Association’s chilli cook-off Saturday.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

Sporting with Carnival hit a home run.

The 52nd annual Vernon Winter Carnival wrapped up Sunday after 10 days of fun.

“Of course, we always know that things are going to be great but there was so much enthusiasm for Carnival this year,” said Brittany Sjoblom, Carnival executive director.

“Several events, including some of the new events, sold out before Carnival started because people wanted to be sure that they didn’t miss their favourites. The chili cook-off was moved to a different day so a lot more people came out.”

While frost-covered landscape was a perfect winter backdrop, the fog meant that the hot air balloons were not able to keep to the regular schedule.

All of the balloons were there for Balloon Glow, with a few going up in the air on the first Friday and Sunday of Carnival.

The hotly contested DVA Broomball Tournament has a new champion with Team Frosty from Wendy’s. The KPMG team was named the most sportsmanlike team.

Long-time favourites, the Coca Cola Pee Wee Hockey Tournament, jopo House and the Feather Fancier and Antique and Collectible Sale, and numerous other events provided something for everyone.

“It was all an overwhelming success. The weather was good for the parade and everyone is saying they had a great time over Carnival,” said Sjoblom.

“A huge thank you to the sponsors, the volunteers, the organizations that put on events and the people who came out to them. Many of the events are fundraisers for local organizations so the money goes to meet community needs.”

Everything wrapped up Sunday at Wesbild Centre with the Tim Hortons Toonie and A Tin Skate, incorporating the Vernon Shrine Club Masquerade Skating Party.

Between 400 and 500 people came out over the five-hour event, which was also a food bank fundraiser.

Vernon Winter Carnival will be back again next year with another new theme.

Everyone is invited to submit ideas for the theme by phone (250-545-2236), email (info@vernonwintercarnival.com) or at the Winter Carnival office at 3401 35th Ave.

The deadline is March 15. Groups that are thinking about organizing new events should contact the Winter Carnival office as soon as possible as these should be finalized in June.

 

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