EDITORIAL: Vernon Winter Carnival heats up winter

In a fast-changing world, it’s reassuring to know that some traditions continue to thrive.

In a fast-changing world, it’s reassuring to know that some traditions continue to thrive.

And there’s no better example of this than Vernon Winter Carnival.

For the past 57 years, Carnival has urged North Okanagan residents to kick aside the winter blahs and come together as a community, and after the cold temperatures we have experienced this season, a little fun is definitely in order.

Keep your eyes on the sky this opening weekend as colourful hot air balloons float gently above Vernon, while the new Queen and Princess Silver Star make their grand debut at virtually every event.

But perhaps the biggest highlight of them all is the parade Saturday as hundreds of floats and other entries make their way along the route. Thousands of people are expected to turn out to celebrate Carnival and Canada’s 150th birthday.

Of course, none of this happens without some hard work.

Our hats are off to the Vernon Winter Carnival board and the countless volunteers behind the scenes who organize Carnival as a whole and the individual events. You are truly dedicated to your community and the spirit of jopo is alive and well.

We would encourage all North Okanagan residents to take time between now and Feb. 12 to attend as many Carnival events as you can and, even if you are layered under gloves and toques, the warmth of the community will embrace you.