An almost prehistoric tradition in Vernon is all set to offer a timeless 10 days of fun.
The 53rd annual Vernon Winter Carnival kicks off Feb. 1 with more than 100 events taking place until Feb. 10 – all of which will fall into the theme of Prehistoric Carnival.
From the pre-carnival Queen Silver Star talent showcase (Jan. 13) to the highly-anticipated parade (Feb. 2), to an array of new and returning events, Carnival is one of, if not the, largest event of the year in Vernon.
“Community events of this magnitude don’t happen everywhere,” said Calvin Hoy, VWC vice-chairperson.
“It creates a community and it creates a city that is a better place for all of us to live in.”
This year, Carnival is also giving back.
Fix Auto Collision, presenting sponsor of VWC, will be giving away two vehicles to families in need during Carnival.
“This is where we can offer a hand up, not a hand out so much,” said Martin von Holst with Fix Auto Collision.
There are also a number of new events to this year’s Carnival.
In spirit of the new Family Day holiday (Feb. 18), Carnival is hosting its own day for families Feb. 9 at Polson Park.
The free event will include snowshoe races, tug of war, broomball, a bonfire, entertainment and more.
“Bundle up for the day and come on out,” said Brittany Sjoblom, VWC executive director.
Another new family-fun event to Carnival includes four-legged family members.
New Hope (widows and widowers group) is re-introducing dogs to Carnival with the Mesozoic Mutt Masquerade Feb. 2 after the parade.
“We’re looking for things like the dog with the belly closest to the ground, dog with the biggest paws, longest ears, that sort of thing,” said Sue Anderson, with New Hope. “And we’re hoping people will dress up themselves or their dogs.”
Another event returning to Carnival, following several years of absence, is Kelly O’ Bryan’s Server Olympics Feb. 4. Anyone can join in and challenge the servers across an obstacle course while balancing a tray.
Along with all of the new events added, Carnival continues its many traditions such as the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, the snow sculpture contest, Arrest the Best, the Jopo House luncheon and more.
There are countless other new and returning events all online at www.vernonwintercarnival.com.