Broomball tourney returns to Vernon Winter Carnival roster

Downtown Vernon will host the craziest game you’ll ever watch and an event to fill you up during the 53rd annual Vernon Winter Carnival.

Downtown Vernon is gearing up to host the craziest game you’ll ever watch and an event to fill you up during the 53rd annual Vernon Winter Carnival.

The fifth annual Funtastic Sports Society/Downtown Vernon Broomball Tournament will run from Feb. 4 through Feb. 6 with games at both 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. each day. The action will take place on 28th Street between 30th Avenue and 32nd Avenue (near Tolko). The schedule has been set and the Frosty Seven (Wendy’s Restaurant) is preparing to defend their championship.

“We look forward to defending our title against the stiff competition; hopefully we will prevail again and be crowned champions,” said Frosty Seven coach Akbal Mund.

“Our goal is to have fun and if we win, we’ll have more fun.”

This year’s event will also help send kids to camp, with part of each team’s registrations fee going to the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club

“We are very pleased to co-sponsor the tournament and thrilled the business community stepped up and registered in all 16 spots. The Funtastic team is also looking forward to working with the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club once again,” said Jim McEwan, Funtastic Sports Society executive director.

“We are very excited to have 16 teams (the most ever) participating in the tournament this year,” said Holly Schmidt, DVA events and marketing ,anager

“The Frosty Seven swept the championship trophy away from AFP Chaos (Allan Francis Pringle) last year, so I’m sure AFP Chaos will be looking to get it back”.

Another downtown event is taking place for Carnival.

The Kiss FM/Downtown Vernon Chili Cook Off takes place Feb. 9 and is a great way to experience various downtown restaurants.

Chili Passports will be available to purchase on Jan. 28 at the Winter Carnival office, DVA office and participating restaurants (Kal Sports Bar, Rosalinda’s Filipino Kitchen, the Sprouted Fig, Nature’s Fare Markets and Griller’s Meats). Chili Passports are just $2 and will get you the chance to taste test each restaurants chili and pick your favourite. All proceeds from the Chili Cook Off will go the Community Dental Access Centre.

“The Chili Cook Off is a great way to get out and experience some new and not so new restaurants in Downtown Vernon. Just $2 gets you a sample of chili at each participating restaurant and you get to vote on your favourite chili and Chili Team,” said Schmidt.

“We are also very excited that the City of Vernon has approved free parking downtown during the events we have planned for the Winter Carnival.”

Parking will be free downtown on Feb. 4, 5 and 6 from 10:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. and on Feb. 9 from 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. for the Broomball Tournament and Chili Cook Off.

Motorists are reminded that the following streets will be closed on Feb. 4, 5 and 6 between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.: 28th Street between 30th Avenue and 32nd Avenue.

Additional information on these events is available at www.downtownvernon.com or by calling the DVA office at 250-542-5851.