COVID-19 fails to curb Vernon Winter Carnival

Planning underway for February 2021 Wild West Carnival

It’s official, Vernon Winter Carnival will proceed in 2021 – despite the challenges of COVID-19.

Planning is already underway for the Feb. 5-14 Wild West Carnival, presented by Valley First.

“Carnival will have the opportunity at setting the bar and setting an example of how to create, run and promote large scale festivals under what is seeming to be a new ‘normal’ world for possibly a few years to come,” Carnival chairperson Erik Olesen said. “Not only will we be able to showcase new and creative ways to hold events, but we will do it in a safe way that makes the public feel comfortable. We hope to garner a lot of attention from other event and festival holders looking to us for support and information on how to pull it off.”

Last year Vernon Winter Carnival held over 100 events during the 10-day festival. Although the 2021 festival will be scaled down slightly, the general consensus from the board of directors is that this is an opportunity to adapt to the new normal. Vernon Winter Carnival Society will be working closely with the provincial government and all the event holders to ensure proper COVID-19 protocols are in place for all festival events.

“Our board is coming up with some great ideas on how to not only adapt existing events (including the 61st annual parade), but to create new, exciting events that will work favourably with physical distancing measures,” Carnival executive director Vicki Proulx said. “Outdoor events will play a big part in the festival for 2021, bigger spaces and fewer faces. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 there will be some events that just can’t happen, but we’re finding there’s lots of ways to get creative and adjust.”

Vernon Winter Carnival was the last large scale event to take place in Vernon before COVID-19, and seemingly it will be the first to return.

“Our festival attracts thousands of visitors to our region on a normal year, this is an fantastic opportunity for us to really promote the festival across Western Canada, encouraging Canadians to visit their ‘own backyard’ and support our local economy,” Proulx said.

Carnival encourages all businesses and organizations in the community to get involved and get creative.

“Not only do we have lots of ideas to share, but who can resist the theme this year? Wild West just screams for people to get outside and explore the many winter activities Vernon has to offer.”

Visit vernonwintercarnival.com to register your event today or for more information on sponsorship, volunteer opportunities and other ways to get involved.

Deadline to register an event is Nov. 15. Tickets for all Vernon Winter Carnival events will go on sale Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.

READ MORE: Vernon Winter Carnival elects new board chair

READ MORE: Vernon Art Gallery’s Riot on the Roof going virtual


@VernonNews
jennifer@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

carnivalCoronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Sept. 24

A look at our local history, gathered by Revelstoke Museum & Archives staff

City applying for grant to build trail along Airport Way

The trail would connect McKinnon Rd. with Nichol Rd.

Fabrication lab, offices and new washrooms coming to Revelstoke’s Business and Visitor Information Centre

City council awarded the $500,000 contract to Jordan Cochrane Construction

‘Schools are healthy’: IH medical health officer

Children have a low risk of catching and spreading COVID-19

2020 overdose death toll rises to 73 in the Okanagan

Just under half of the deaths occurred in Kelowna

B.C.’s top doctor thanks supporters after revealing threats over COVID-19 measures

Dr. Bonnie Henry says COVID-19 has caused some people to lash out in anger and frustration out of fear

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

NDP, Greens divided on pace of child care improvements in B.C. election campaign

NDP Leader John Horgan recommitted to $10-a-day child care and blamed the Greens for not supporting his efforts

BC Liberal Leader talks drug addiction in the Lower Mainland

Drug addiction and public safety a top priority says Andrew Wilkinson

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Kamloops Mounties happened upon alleged gang-related robbery, kidnapping

Michael Mathieson is charged with armed robbery, unlawful confinement and kidnapping

Pandemic derails CP Holiday Train

Canadian Pacific will work to get donations to food banks while also producing an online music concert

Interior Health reports five new COVID-19 cases

Across the region, 34 cases are active

Vanderhoof’s Brian Frenkel takes on top job in tough times

We can get through this, new local government leader says

Most Read