Wonder what the theme will be for the 58th annual Vernon Winter Carnival?
Wonder no more.
“We are very excited for 2018 Carnival in Wonderland,” said chairperson Deb White, who made the announcement Thursday night at the Schubert Centre.
“This theme has so many possibilities; from Winter Wonderland, Alice in Wonderland to Canada Wonderland. We know that the theme will take off on how each individual sees Wonderland.”
The 58th annual edition will go Feb. 2 to 11, 2018.
White said the board took into consideration a number of suggested themes for next year. The 57th annual event saluted Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.
“The suggestions were wide-ranged,” said White. “We look forward to begin planning with the new theme and are we are always impressed with the ideas the community comes up with for their events.”
Thursday’s theme announcement and award presentations were hosted by Jack Gareb at the Schubert Centre. Title sponsor Fix Auto Vernon Central, and trophy sponsors Caufields Engraving and Rellish Transport (Rob Ellis) also played a major role.
Award winners included:
New Event Winner – Pinot and Paint; 1st Runner Up - Sweetheart Grandparent Dance;
Event with Commercial Sponsor Winner - Chili Cook-Off; 1st Runner Up - Unwined Downtown;
Adult Event Winner – Irish Pub Night; 1st Runner Up - Blues Festival;
Family Event Winner - Dinner Theatre; 1st Runner Up - Sweetheart Grandparent Dance;
Junior Event Winner - Skate with Bonhomme; 1st Runner Up - Robert Munsch’s Stories;
Senior Event Winner - Winter Breakout; 1st Runner Up - Senior Jopo House Luncheon;
Sporting Event Winner - Coca Cola Classic Peewee Hockey Tournament; 1st Runner Up - Polar Bear Swim;
Carnival Cop of the Year – Rod Koenig;
jopo/jopette of The Year – Chris Eide;
Christel Cam Memorial Award – Ruth McGrath Dance Best Parade Spirit
Carnival Spirit Award – Ruth McGrath Dance
Carnival would also like to thank, Silver Star Mountain Resort, The Morning Star, 105.7 Sun FM Vernon, Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre, Armstrong Co-Op, City of Vernon, Okanagan Spring Brewery, Regional District of North Okanagan, Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacations, Sussex Insurance and 107.5 KISS FM for their sponsorship.