City provides funding to Vernon Winter Carnival
Vernon Winter Carnival will continue to get taxpayers’ funds, but it will come from a different pot.
City council will provide $10,000 for next year’s Carnival but it will come from the public works department instead of from the city’s tourism budget.
“The tourism budget is for marketing and that means spending money outside of the community itself,” said Coun. Mary-Jo O’Keefe, who questioned the finance committee’s recommendation that money from the tourism budget go to Winter Carnival.
“We keep throwing things that aren’t tourism marketing.”
It was decided to place the $10,000 within the public works budget because that department is already responsible for some Winter Carnival activities like traffic control and the City of Vernon’s float.
The city provides a grant to Winter Carnival planning annually.
“This past year, we had more than 200 volunteers directly involved with Winter Carnival who provided more than 3,000 volunteer hours,” said Brittany Sjoblom, Carnival executive director.
“There are also many event organizers and their volunteers who are a part of Winter Carnival which would certainly at least double these numbers.”
The 53rd annual Vernon Winter Carnival will run from Feb. 1 to 10 and the theme is Prehistoric Carnival.