Brittany Sjoblom, Executive Director, Vernon Winter Carnival has done a quick video summarizing the event. Here she is to tell you all about this years Vernon Winter Carnival.
Highlight events include: (full events list can be found here)
Hot Air Balloon Fiesta and Glow which happen Friday and Saturday morning at 9am (Feb 1st and 2nd)
For over two decades the giant balloons have announced the opening weekend of the annual Vernon Winter Carnival, from the Friday evening Balloon Glow, through Sunday morning Flag Grab.
The balloons will fly Friday February 1st - Sunday February 3rd at different times throughout the day, weather dependant.
BC Championship Snow Sculpture Competition:
The Snow Sculpture Competition is taking place at Silver Star Mountain the first weekend of Carnival. This year’s theme should provide a great starting point for some amazing sculptures. The community can view the progress of these magnificent works of art beginning at 10:00am Fri. Feb.1 until 10:00am Sun. Feb. 3. The awards presentation will be Sun. Feb. 3 at 11:00am. Come up Sunday morning to help us determine the “People’s Choice Award” and take in all the great activities Silver Star Mountain Resort has to offer. The finished sculptures are up for viewing for a week or two after the competition.
Vernon Winter Carnival, 53rd Annual Parade
Irish Pub Night with Cod Gone Wild:
Join Vernon’s own favorite Celtic band “Cod Gone Wild” for a night of rowdy and energetic Irish tunes that will have you jigging the night away. Get your tickets early and don’t miss this favorite carnival event voted “Best Adult Event" in 2012. Dress in green and participate in Newfoundland "Ugly Stick" competition. Sociable!
Doors open at 8pm. Must be 19+ to attend.
Or perhaps the Pre-historic cave dudes:
“Post Prehistoric Cave Dudes” is a romantic - mostly - comedy which takes place in a cave…with window shutters to let in some light. The characters language seems modern enough, but their attire and attitudes are definitely prehistoric, until they discover music, mostly funk and jazz. Some characters even know the lyrics to songs they’ve never heard (well, except inside their heads). Amongst comedy, romance and trouble with a rival “tribe”, they still eventually manage to discover the source of the mystery they have labelled music.
And new this year they have also added a Winter Carnival Family day in Polson Park Saturday the 9th from 11-3pm.
Ryan Donn, singer/songwriter who started his career around the same time that cassette tapes were losing out to CD sales. He produces events such as Global Music Fest, www.talentedkids.ca, and Music in the Park (West Kelowna). You can also find him in local schools teaching songwriting or sharing the stage with many of our emerging local artists. He is a passionate supporter of all things creative and his column focuses on the creative community and events throughout the Okanagan.
The postings on this site are my own and do not represent the views or opinions any of my employers (Festivals Kelowna and Creative Okanagan).