Vernon Winter Carnival starts in two weeks and more volunteers are needed

Carnival needs volunteers

Vernon Winter Carnival organizers are hoping to round up some volunteers.

The 61st annual Vernon Winter Carnival starts two weeks from today, and volunteers are needed to help out with the 'Wild West Carnival.'

“We are in need of lots of volunteers,” said Vicki Proulx, carnival executive director. “Mainly we are trying to fill shifts at our drive-through ice park event which will be taking place Feb. 5-14.”
The ice park will be held at Polson Park throughout carnival and volunteers will be needed in a variety of capacities.

“They would be outside directing traffic, maybe handing out hot chocolate, but mostly just making sure people stay in their cars,” said Proulx.

Because of the ongoing government-imposed COVID restrictions, the 2021 carnival will be done a lot differently than previous years.

Keeping with the national motto of social distancing, carnival has shifted to online formats. The ice park will be an in-person event, but people will have to stay in their vehicles for the duration of the drive.

“We have four shifts per day that people can sign up for and we are looking to have 15 people per shift,” she said.

Volunteers are also needed for the carnival kiosk in the Village Green Centre. The kiosk opens today and will remain open until carnival is over.

“That will be a little more comfy inside selling merchandise, raffle tickets and that sort of stuff,” said Proulx.

And raffle tickets are still available for a $15,000 snowmobile.

Proulx said selling raffle tickets has been a little more challenging this year because they are normally sold at carnival events, but there are not a lot of in-person opportunities to do that this year.

Raffle tickets can be purchased online or at the carnival office.

Volunteers can also sign up at the carnival office or online.

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