Vernon Winter Carnival goes prehistoric

Get ready for some yabba dabba doo.

Prehistoric Carnival, Carnival Before Time has been selected as the theme for the 53rd annual Vernon Winter Carnival Feb. 1 to 10, 2013.

“It’s a theme we haven’t had yet,” said Dave Fletcher, Carnival president.

“It really opens up the imagination. It’s not just about dinosaurs. It can be early man and there will be a lot of creative ways people can embrace the theme.”

Fletcher says his board was looking for a concept that was open-ended in terms of ideas and the theme is critical to parade floats, events and decorations.

Beyond the possibilities of Jurassic Park and Fred Flintstone, a popular Okanagan legend could also surface.

“It allows us to fit Ogopogo into things,” said Fletcher.

Carnival’s honoured city will also be selected based on the theme.

There were about 50 or 60 suggestions to consider for next year’s theme but prehistoric rose to the top of the list.

“We wanted to have a fun and family friendly theme,” said Fletcher.

Planning for next year’s festival is well underway and the Vernon Winter Carnival Society holds its annual general meeting in June.

Anyone wishing to be involved as a director should contact 250-545-2236 or



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