New look for Jopo, Jopette

Jopo and Jopette will be getting a makeover.

The Vernon Winter Carnival mascots will have a new look for the 60th anniversary of the popular event.

Jopo and Jopette have been the face of Vernon Winter Carnival since 1965 – their role is to symbolize the happy spirit of carnival so the community is being asked to help give the mascots a refresh.

“We’re looking to individuals to send in their ideas for a new costume design for Jopo and Jopette,

something updated, but that will still be recognizable as the symbol of Carnival,” said Vicki Proulx,

executive director for Vernon Winter Carnival.

Vernon Winter Carnival will be holding a contest starting now until Nov. 8, asking the community to

send in designs for a new look for the Mascots. Criteria includes:

Costumes must be carnival blue and white

Must be age and gender neutral

Must be winter appropriate and suitable for outdoor wear in February

The winning contestant will receive a cash prize of $500 and the design will be presented at the Vernon

Winter Carnival Business After 5 – Dec. 10.

"We wanted to hold a contest for this task as it’s a way for the community to get involved and update a recognizable mascot that relates back to the community and the festival,” said Deb White, chairperson of Vernon Winter Carnival Society.

Deadline for design entries is Nov. 8. Contest details can be found online.

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