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Plenty to see and do at Vernon Winter Carnival

Carnival in full swing

The 60th Vernon Winter Carnival is well underway with a new Queen Silver Star and more than a week full of events.

Megan Fowles was proclaimed Queen Silver Star LX with Piper Cahoon being crowned Princess.

A coronation ceremony was held Friday evening at the resurrected ice palace in front of the Vernon Museum.

The ice palace had been a long-time part of carnival, but was discontinued many years ago. However, it was brought back for the 60th anniversary of carnival.

While the annual balloon fiesta had to be cancelled this year due to lack of funding, carnival was kicked off with a bang last night during a free gala event at the Kin Race Track field.

There is a bevy of events planned for the opening weekend of carnival with the popular parade winding its way through the downtown core, starting at noon.

“Make sure you come early because the streets do fill up very quickly,” said Vicki Proulx, with the Vernon Winter Carnival, adding the day is crammed full of events.

“There's the Lego party and Vernon Teach and Learn, Irish Pub Night with Cod Gone Wild and Rocking at the Lake at the Vernon Yacht Club.” Proulx said there are also lots of free events.

Free events include the BC Snow Sculpture Championships at Silver Star Mountain Resort with the winner being declared Sunday.

The Celebration of Talent takes place from 2-4 p.m. at the Vernon rec-centre auditorium.

Moon Madness at the Okanagan Science Centre, Jopo Swim at the pool and free skating are all on the carnival menu.

For a full list of times and events, click here.



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