22nd Annual Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
The Balloon Fiesta was a success with 14 balloons participating. Congratulations to all participants and thank you to all the crew and committee. While the flag grab was not won, Cliff Skocdopole was the big money winner this year and John Klempner took home the "moosehead" award. Congratulations to Gil Bednam for winning the Land Owners Draw with a two night accomodation to the Prestige Oceanfront Resort in Sooke, BC
The 22nd Annual Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is ready to take flight. We have 14 balloons that will take part this year. As the flights are weather dependent, we will keep you up to date with launch times and locations as we get them. Enjoy the spectacular event that takes over our skies
Sunday, February 9th
0700. Its a go. The pilots are heading out now. The pole will be located just off meadowlark rd which is north of swan lake. This is the main competition for the balloonists. Please respect the chase cars.
Saturday February 8th
1900 The goal is to have the balloons up in the air Sunday morning at 815. This is the final contest for the balloonists, as they try to grab a flag off the end of a 20' pole on Swan Lake. The pilots will have a meeting at 700am to make the final plans.
1600 Due to high winds, the balloons will not be flying this afternoon. They will try again tomorrow morning for the flag grab.
1510 The pilots are sitting in a field part way between Swan lake and Rogers Foods waiting for the winds to die down.
1430 Pilots are meeting right now to determine their next launch site and time. We will post as soon as we know
0800 The balloons are getting set to lift off in the next 1/2 hour from Swan lake.
Friday, February 7th
0954 Received notice that the balloons are heading out to the launchsite in the field just north of Swan Lake right now. Their target will be on Swan Lake.
800 Attended the first pilots meeting at 0700. With the weather warming up and the snow falling they have put off setting a launch time and will meet again at 930 to decide.
Congratulations to 2014-2015 Vernon Royalty. Crowned Queen Silver Star 54th is Miss Durning Directions - Cheyenne Krog, her Princesses Miss MHC Mortgage (Kari Gares) -Simmy Sidhu and MIss White House Mortgages - Paige Webster and Miss Congeniality Miss Armstrong Kin Club - Cassia Swartz. Congratulations to all the candidates who participated in the Queen Silver Star Program Queen Silver Star 54th - Cheyenne Krog
Princess Silver Star - Simmy Sidhu Princess Silver Star - Paige Webster
Miss Congentiality - Cassia Swartz
A Chance to Win Great Prizes
Congratulations to our 2014 Jopo Raffle Winners. Jopo raffle winners 2014
Be sure you take the time to purchase a Jopo Raffle ticket for only $2. You will have a chance to win one of the following great prizes donated by our great sponsors
1st prize: 3 or 4 night Houseboat Vacation - Twin Anchors Houseboat (value: $2200)
2nd prize: Scenic Sips Wine Tour for 20 people - VIP Charter (value: $2000)
3rd prize: Shopping Spree - Village Green Centre (value: $500)
4th prize: Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival 2 Event tickets (value: $370)
5th prize : Vipers package (value: $300)
6th prize: 2 rounds of 18 holes golf - Vernon Golf and Country Club (value: $130)
Tickets can be purchased from the Village Green Centre Carnival Kiosk (Thursday - Sunday), from the Carnival office, Carnival Cops or from Directors.
Draw date is February 17, 2014 at 2:00pm at the Vernon Winter Carnival Office. (3401-35th Ave)
Chances are 1 in 5,000 to win a grand prize. BC Gaming Event Licence # 58890
Thank you to our sponsors for their support
Carnival is here.
The 54th Vernon Winter Carnival is upon us. The City of Vernon will be overrun with Superheroes as we prepare for the opening weekend. Take part in the many activities around town, starting with the Proclamation and Coronation of Queen Silver Star, her Princesses and Miss Congeniality on Thursday night at the Preforming Arts Center beginning at 7:00pm. On Friday morning look to the skies to see the 15 Hot Air Balloons take flight over the city. Get up close to these gentle giants at the Balloon Glow which takes place later that day at 5:30pm following the Countdown to Carnival in Polson Park. Take a drive up to Silver Star Mountain to see the BC Championship Snow Sculptures preform magic as they transform a huge block of snow into a masterpiece. On Saturday, at noon, the parade makes its way down 27th Street with over 100 entries. Lots of activities for everyone to take part in. Check out the events calendar and be part of the this exciting 10 day event.
Carnival of Superheroes
The brochure, the raffle tickets, the posters and the tickets have all gone to print. We are well on our way to making this Carnival an exciting and fun time for Vernon to celebrate the 54th Vernon Winter Carnival.
We will start off on Friday February 7th with the Countdown to Carnival, a new event, that will be the opening ceremonies for10 days of fun, and then followed directly afterwards with the Balloon Glow, all taking place in Polson Park. After that, you have the opportunity to take part in some of the close to 100 events that will be taking place around the community. The events have now be listed so take a look on line and get geared up to purchase your tickets fast. We are lucky to have many events returning; the ever popular Irish Pub Night, Suds N' Cider, Queen Silver Star Talent Showcase, Medieval Madness Feast, Dinner Theater, Snowshoe Tours, Jopo House Lunch and much more. We are also pleased to offer many new events this year, Olympic Superhero Party Extravaganza, Super Social Carnival Dance, Super Heroes Dodgeball Tourney and the return of the Sparkling Snowflake Ball to name a few. And of course, the Winter Carnival strives to offer fun, family affordable events for everyone to attend. The Okanagan Science Center is offering many Super hero themed activities throughout the week, O'Keefe Ranch invites everyone out for a old fashioned family day, Silver Star is the site of snow sculptures, snowshoeing and skiing. Skating and kids events with Kal Tire Kids' Truck Rodeo, The Okanagan Boys and Girls Club and Frank's Family Fun, Family Day in the Park, Balloon Fiesta, Toonie and a Tin Community Skate and of course the most popular event; the parade.