Aleksanna (last name not given) fixes her hat after going through the bouncy castle maze Saturday during the Vernon Winter Carnival family day at Polson Park. (Katherine Peters/Morning Star)

Vernon Winter Carnival LVIII one for the books

Carnival staff looking ahead to 60th anniversary

The Vernon Winter Carnival may be a wrap, but organizers are already looking ahead to next year’s 60th anniversary.

Vicki Proulx, executive director, said the Carnival committee is accepting suggestions for the anniversary’s theme.

“Basically, we do the wrap up then we choose the theme for next year and we get going – and we’re really excited to get going,” said Proulx. “Any suggestions we get, we put into the mix. The committee kind of whittles away and discusses (the proposals).”

Related: Vernon Winter Carnival prepped for kick off

Related: Editorial – Carnival pivotal in local history

Suggestions can be made via email, social media or calling the Carnival office. The theme will be announced March 12. Given the milestone that next year’s carnival brings, Proulx said she hopes for a retrospective theme.

“I think, with the 60th anniversary, I’d really love to see something that focuses on Carnival’s history. What that entails, I’m not quite sure,” Proulx said. “It means a lot to a lot of people.”

Originally held on Kalamalka Lake in 1893, the Winter Carnival has evolved over its long and storied history. In the 1940s, the Vernon Rotary Club looked to host a Winter Carnival. These events laid the groundwork for Vernon’s iconic 10-day event.

Related: Carnival in full swing

“It’s been around for a long time. It’s really interesting to hear (Carnival) stories from people who lived here their whole lives,” Proulx said.

But, before the committee can get too far into planning for the 60th, Proulx said it’s time to tear down remnants of the 59th Carnival.

“It feels so good but kind of sad at the same time. Everyone had such a great time it seems. We’ve had nothing but good feedback at the moment,” Proulx said. “As long as everyone had fun, that’s all we care about.”

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Grindrod Days brings smiles

Day-long celebration features antique tractor parade, old-fashioned games, animals and fun

Vernon COPA for Kids program soars

Free flights for kids eight to 17 to introduce them to general aviation draws full field of 1oo

UPDATED: Empty Vernon playbox re-stocked by anonymous donor

North Okanagan Optimist Club’s donated playbox at Lakeview Park had everything removed

Coldstream rainbow crosswalk defaced

Vandals cover colours with white paint sometime overnight Saturday

Okanagan-Shuswap Weather: Summer sun for Sunday

The forecast for the week ahead shows some rain but plenty of sun and warm tempertures.

When walls talk: Vernon murals see generation II

“This new movement, an app, will bring the strength of some of those same Vernon visionaries together again into a newdigital form”

Water quality makes swimming unsafe at three beaches near Salmon Arm

The Adams Lake Indian Band has issued a water qulity notice affecting beaches at three campgrounds.

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Second osprey chick dies, Okanagan web cam off

The second chick in an osprey nest featured on the Town of Osoyoos website has died

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

The federal government apologized in 1988 for its racism against ‘enemy aliens’

Fire department helps with body recovery in Okanagan Lake

Penticton fire department assisted the RCMP with the recovery of a body Saturday

Police on scene at Penticton beach

RCMP were at a what is believed to be a crime scene near Skaha Beach Sunday

Community service ordered for Princeton man who stole from firefighters

A young man who stole food and money from the Princeton Volunteer… Continue reading

Most Read