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Ratio Coffee and Pastry was named the winner of the 12th annual Chili Cook Off at the Vernon Winter Carnival, which wrapped up Feb. 14, 2021. (Ratio photo)

Ratio takes top chili honours at Vernon Winter Carnival

The Downtown Vernon Association highlighted some COVID-friendly activities from this year’s Carnival

 

Cors and Pat Verhage have been announced as the winners of the 2021 Vernon Winter Carnival Jesse Ferguson Memorial Award for volunteerism. (Vernon Winter Carnival photo)

Couple honoured with Vernon Winter Carnival volunteer award

Cors and Pat Verhage, longtime Carnival volunteers, named winners of 2021 Jesse Ferguson Award

 

Former Vernon Winter Carnival chairperson Deb White (left) thought she was being arrested for not wearing a Carnival pin. Instead, her succeessor as chair, Erik Olesen, right, bestowed upon White the Order of jopo, Carnival’s highest honour. (Wayne Emde photo)

Order of jopo awarded to former Vernon Winter Carnival chairperson

Deb White has been a volunteer and/or board member with Vernon Winter Carnival for 15 years

 

Cast members Brian Martin (top row, from left), Vince Walzak, Peter Kaz, Nevada Christensen (middle row, from left), Victor Cumming, Roger Knox and Rebecca Barton (bottom) act out the virtual play Our HOME Town, written by Vernon’s Jason Armstrong, during its three-night run for the Vernon Winter Carnival. (Our HOME Town photo)

Vernon Winter Carnival a virtual hit

Community, businesses support annual event that had to think outside box in 2021

Cast members Brian Martin (top row, from left), Vince Walzak, Peter Kaz, Nevada Christensen (middle row, from left), Victor Cumming, Roger Knox and Rebecca Barton (bottom) act out the virtual play Our HOME Town, written by Vernon’s Jason Armstrong, during its three-night run for the Vernon Winter Carnival. (Our HOME Town photo)
Lumby Days’ organizers have announced the 2021 event has been cancelled due to COVID-19. (Morning Star - file photo)

COVID claims Lumby Days for second straight year

Organizers hoping to be back with 65th annual event in 2022

Lumby Days’ organizers have announced the 2021 event has been cancelled due to COVID-19. (Morning Star - file photo)
Recipients of two Vernon Winter Carnival Scholarships were awarded Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (Wayne Emde photo)

Vernon grad students’ essays earn Winter Carnival scholarships

The two students each received $500 out of 19 entrants

Recipients of two Vernon Winter Carnival Scholarships were awarded Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (Wayne Emde photo)
Photo: Vernon Winter Carnival Society/Facebook

Warm weather nixes drive-thru ice park on first day of Vernon Winter Carnival

Organizers cancelled the event for the day to preserve the ice sculptures for the rest of the carnival

Photo: Vernon Winter Carnival Society/Facebook
Vernon Winter Carnival intern Zac Schryburt (from left) vice-chairperson Laurell Cornell and volunteer Jordan Bishop put the finishing paint touches on a display for the Carnival’s Drive-Thru Ice Park that will be set up at Polson Park. The 61st annual Vernon Winter Carnival, with its Wild West theme, kicks off Friday, Feb. 5, and runs through to Sunday, Feb. 14. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Vernon Winter Carnival kicks off virtual wild west event

61st annual event will host many virtual events from Friday, Feb. 5 to Sunday, Feb. 14

Vernon Winter Carnival intern Zac Schryburt (from left) vice-chairperson Laurell Cornell and volunteer Jordan Bishop put the finishing paint touches on a display for the Carnival’s Drive-Thru Ice Park that will be set up at Polson Park. The 61st annual Vernon Winter Carnival, with its Wild West theme, kicks off Friday, Feb. 5, and runs through to Sunday, Feb. 14. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Vernon Winter Carnival Cop John Fawcett, left, and Carnival director Paul Cousins sell raffle tickets for a 2019 Polaris Snowmobile, plus $1,000 worth of gear from BDM Motorsports.(Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Carnival ropes in fun amid Vernon’s winter/COVID blues

Plenty of virtual, and a few in-person, events planned for Feb. 5-14

Vernon Winter Carnival Cop John Fawcett, left, and Carnival director Paul Cousins sell raffle tickets for a 2019 Polaris Snowmobile, plus $1,000 worth of gear from BDM Motorsports.(Roger Knox - Morning Star)
A man looks at a plan for an ice sculpture in Polson Park that will be part of the 61st annual Vernon Winter Carnival Drive-Thru Ice Park Feb. 5-14. Construction of the ice park is underway. (Roger Knox- Morning Star)

Vernon Winter Carnival Ice Park construction begins

Virtual drive-thru event runs each day and night of 61st annual Carnival in Polson Park Feb. 5-14

A man looks at a plan for an ice sculpture in Polson Park that will be part of the 61st annual Vernon Winter Carnival Drive-Thru Ice Park Feb. 5-14. Construction of the ice park is underway. (Roger Knox- Morning Star)
A colourful inflatable igloo is a new addition to Vernon Winter Carnival 2021. (Vernon Winter Carnival photo)

Vernon Winter Carnival going ahead amid extended COVID-19 orders

Interior Health has received the event plans; Carnival will run Feb. 5-14

A colourful inflatable igloo is a new addition to Vernon Winter Carnival 2021. (Vernon Winter Carnival photo)
Vicki Proulx, executive director of the Vernon Winter Carnival Society, stands beneath a lights display the society lit up in Spirit Square Nov. 27, by way of announcing it will be taking over the 2021 downtown light-up event. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Public can name their picks for Vernon Winter Carnival spirit award

Nominations for the Jessie Ferguson Award are open until Jan. 24.

Vicki Proulx, executive director of the Vernon Winter Carnival Society, stands beneath a lights display the society lit up in Spirit Square Nov. 27, by way of announcing it will be taking over the 2021 downtown light-up event. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Vicki Proulx, executive director of the Vernon Winter Carnival Society, stands beneath a lights display the society lit up in Spirit Square Nov. 27, by way of announcing it will be taking over the 2021 downtown light-up event. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Vernon Winter Carnival Society lights up downtown square

The society announced it will be taking over next year’s downtown light-up event

Vicki Proulx, executive director of the Vernon Winter Carnival Society, stands beneath a lights display the society lit up in Spirit Square Nov. 27, by way of announcing it will be taking over the 2021 downtown light-up event. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
A colourful inflatable igloo is a new addition to Vernon Winter Carnival 2021, if the multi-day event can proceed amid health regulations. (Vernon Winter Carnival photo)

Vernon Winter Carnival still hoping to light up 2021 amid COVID-19

Event gets support from city in attempts to continue while navigating health regulations

A colourful inflatable igloo is a new addition to Vernon Winter Carnival 2021, if the multi-day event can proceed amid health regulations. (Vernon Winter Carnival photo)
COVID-19 fails to curb Vernon Winter Carnival

COVID-19 fails to curb Vernon Winter Carnival

Planning underway for February 2021 Wild West Carnival

COVID-19 fails to curb Vernon Winter Carnival
In a picture taken before COVID-19, Vernon Winter Carnival directors announce Carnival of the Wild West as the 2021 theme. The Carnival held its annual general meeting Tuesday, June 23, and elected Erik Olesen as new chairperson, replacing Deb White who is stepping down after 10 years with the board. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon Winter Carnival elects new board chair

Erik Olesen replaces Deb White, who steps down after 10 years, the last five as chair

In a picture taken before COVID-19, Vernon Winter Carnival directors announce Carnival of the Wild West as the 2021 theme. The Carnival held its annual general meeting Tuesday, June 23, and elected Erik Olesen as new chairperson, replacing Deb White who is stepping down after 10 years with the board. (Morning Star - file photo)
Vernon Winter Carnival directors announce Carnival of the Wild West as the 2021 theme. The organization will hold its annual general meeting Tuesday, June 23. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon Winter Carnival meets to plan 2021 event

Annual general meeting set for Tuesday, June 23, at Paddlewheel Hall. Carnival theme is Wild West

Vernon Winter Carnival directors announce Carnival of the Wild West as the 2021 theme. The organization will hold its annual general meeting Tuesday, June 23. (Morning Star - file photo)
The organizing committee for the annual Vernon Coca Cola Classic Peewee Hockey Tournament, held for the past 49 years during Vernon Winter Carnival, has provided an update on plans for the upcoming 50th anniversary event. (Morning Star - file photo)

Future of 50th anniversary Vernon hockey tournament not determined

Organizers say it’s ‘too early’ to decide if milestone event will go as planned in February 2021

The organizing committee for the annual Vernon Coca Cola Classic Peewee Hockey Tournament, held for the past 49 years during Vernon Winter Carnival, has provided an update on plans for the upcoming 50th anniversary event. (Morning Star - file photo)
Vernon Winter Carnival directors announce Carnival of the Wild West as the 2021 theme Tuesday, March 10, at the Schubert Centre. (Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star)

Vernon Winter Carnival announces Wild West theme

Carnival of the Wild West will be the theme for the 61st annual Winter Carnival

Vernon Winter Carnival directors announce Carnival of the Wild West as the 2021 theme Tuesday, March 10, at the Schubert Centre. (Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star)
Hundreds came out for the Vernon Winter Carnival’s annual Polar Bear Swim at Paddlewheel Park on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. The event returned for the 60th anniversary of Carnival after a short hiatus. (Katherine Peters - Morning Star)

Vernon Winter Carnival 60s theme a hit with residents

Milestone 60th anniversary Carnival wrapped up Sunday

Hundreds came out for the Vernon Winter Carnival’s annual Polar Bear Swim at Paddlewheel Park on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. The event returned for the 60th anniversary of Carnival after a short hiatus. (Katherine Peters - Morning Star)