EDITORIAL: Vernon Winter Carnival lifts the spirits of residents

The 53rd annual Vernon Winter Carnival begins in earnest today and it’s guaranteed to be one for the ages.

Well, partly because the theme this year is the prehistoric age so it’s going to make history of some sort or other. But we also know that any and all who get out and take part in this annual salute to winter will have fun, while also allowing the community to come together and celebrate during a time that other cities consider grey and dull and uneventful.

Well done, Greater Vernon.

The 21st hot air balloon glow takes to the tethered sky tonight in Polson Park, right after the coronation of Queen and Princess Silver Star L111.

And then on Saturday one of the most popular events for residents of all ages, the Vernon Winter Carnival Parade, marches onto the scene to really get things rolling in the right direction.

Then comes the snow sculpture competition, Irish Pub night, a wallyball tourney, a family fling, kids truck rodeo, a broomball tourney, jam can curling, a pee wee hockey tournament and many, many more fun-filled activities over 10 days.

While it’s important for all of us to fulfill our role and take part in the activities, we would be remiss not to mention the many sponsors, board members, event co-ordinators and just plain enthusiastic volunteers that make this community celebration a reality every year.

Anyone who has taken on organizing the smallest of dinner parties knows what it must take to bring the Carnival spirit and magic to life year after year and it’s only fitting on the eve of yet another successful festival, to say thank you so much for all their efforts.

Now get out there and enjoy a Prehistoric Carnival presented by Fix Auto Collision.

---The Morning Star

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