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Vernon Winter Carnival a ‘heroic’ success

Ebony Patrick gives Vernon Vipers forward Matty Saharchuk a figure skating lesson during the Vernon Winter Carnival Toonie and a Tin Community Skate at Kal Tire Place on Sunday. - roger tepper photo
Ebony Patrick gives Vernon Vipers forward Matty Saharchuk a figure skating lesson during the Vernon Winter Carnival Toonie and a Tin Community Skate at Kal Tire Place on Sunday.
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Diana Williamson may have done her cold dance too effectively.

The executive director of the Vernon Winter Carnival had been hoping for some cooler temperatures when the 54th annual event kicked off Feb. 6.

She got it.

“Probably the only downside was the cold weather for the parade which kept the attendance down,” said Williamson. “Other than that, the Carnival went very well. I’m really pleased.”

Vernon’s annual winterfest of fun and frivolity wrapped up Sunday, enduring all kinds of weather from cold temperatures to mild, along with rain and snow.

This year’s Carnival featured three new events and eight events were sold out.

“Attendance was great,” said Williamson, adding that the theme – Carnival of Superheroes – played a big factor. “I’ve had a lot of comments about the Carnival, lots of people loved how everybody got dressed up.”

While most went with traditional superhero costumes, such as Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, Superman and Spiderman, others were a little more creative.

Staff at Save-On-Foods dressed up in soup cans as “Souperheroes” and raised donations for the local food bank. Staff at the visitors information centre were “information heroes.”

A theme for the 55th annual Vernon Winter Carnival will be announced in April.

Work has already begun on next year’s event.

“People have approached me about hosting events for next year, and there are some events we want to bring back,” said Williamson. “I’d like to see more events during the week and, of course, we’re always looking for sponsorship.”

Ideas for the theme and the Carnival can be sent to Williamson at info@vernonwintercarnival.com, by phone at 250-545-2236 or by stopping off at the office on 35th Avenue.

Anybody willing to join the Carnival as a director can put their name forward. The organization’s annual general meeting is slated for June.

 

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