Carnival Contests

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VWC Scholarship

In partnership with The Stor-it Place – a long-time supporter of the festival - Vernon Winter Carnival is once again asking Grade 12 students to submit a short essay about the impact Vernon Winter Carnival has had on their life. Applications must be submitted to Vernon Winter Carnival no later than Feb 6th at 5pm. Recipients of the Scholarships will be announced Feb 10th.

Two Scholarships in the amount of $500 will be awarded.

The criteria: 

Submit 1-2 pages (minimum 500 words)

Topics can include:

  • Favourite Vernon Winter Carnival Experience
  • Why you think Vernon Winter Carnival is important to our community
  • How Vernon Winter Carnival has impacted traditions in your family


Applications can be submitted by email to [email protected] or dropped off at the Vernon Winter Carnival Office – 2401 35 Ave

School Poster Contest

Attention Schools – get your students showing their Carnival Spirit! All elementary school aged children from kindergarten to and including Grade 7 are eligible to enter a poster they create for Vernon Winter Carnival using the theme "CarnivalTV". Schools are asked to display their posters at their school. Judging will take place Thurs Feb 2- Friday Feb 3, 2023 during school hours. Prizes and ribbons will be provided for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each grade from all schools. And teachers, remember, we have a draw for you too! 


Download your Entry form here

Best Decorated Contest

Celebrate 50 years of Community Spirit with Vernon Winter Carnival and the Best Decorated Contest!

With multiple prize categories there is a way for every business and organization to get involved and show some Carnival Spirit! Decorate your business for the 63rd Annual Vernon Winter Carnival - CarnivalTV! Entries are judged (Feb 2nd-3rd) with awards presented Wed. Feb. 8, 2023 for 1st and 2nd place in each category.

 **New** Trophies will also be awarded for the best overall in each business category. Plus don’t miss out on the BEST Decorated Overall Grand Prize! Your business or organization could win a Month Worth of Advertising from Castanet (Valued of $750) or a Annual Membership with the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce! Members of the community can also vote for the People’s Choice Award! Show your Carnival Spirit and join the fun!

Registration is now closed for this contest. 

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Awards Results


2023 School Poster Contest Winners

Thank you to the amazing students, teachers and schools who participated this year!

Vernon Teach and Learn provided the prizing to all the winners, plus a special ice cream treat for everyone who entered! Great job everyone!

Congratulation to the winner of our Teachers gift Basket - Cheryl Paul - Grade 4 Teacher at BX Elementary!


1st Place    

Amelia – Vernon Christian School

2nd Place      

Kirra – Vernon Christian School

3rd Place   

Callie- Vernon Christian School

Grade 1

1st Place

Lennan P  – Okanagan Landing School

2nd  Place

Aubrey – Coldstream

3rd  Place

Easton – Coldstream

Grade 2

1st Place

Charlee S – Coldstream

2nd  Place 

Eli – Silver Star

3rd  Place

Athena – BX

Grade 3

1st Place

Ava – Silver Star

2nd  Place 

Zelia/Suan – Vernon Christian

3rd  Place    

Liam –  BX

Grade 4

1st  Place   

Harper – Coldstream

2nd  Place

Skye – Kidston

3rd   Place

Erica – Kidston

Grade 5

1st  Place

Deacon – Beairsto

2nd Place

K Dobernigg – BX

3rd  Place

Isabella –  St James

Grade 6

1st  Place

Grace L – Harwood

2nd  Place

Cianna – Mission Hill

3rd  Place

Victoria – Coldstream

Grade 7

1st Place

Emma – Kidston

2nd  Place  

Jazell – Mission Hill

3rd  Place

Sophia –  Coldstream

2023 Snow Sculpture Competition

1st Place & People’s Choice 

Rebel Scum

Team Members: Alexander Avelino, Matt Holman, Amanda Ball 

“This is the Way”

I can bring you in warm….Or I can bring you in cold!

Carvers Choice 

The White Spades

Team Members: Brian Rouble, Mahina Rose and Nathan Domarchuk-White

The Dove 

At the moment of contrition, for all the deeds you’ve done,
you turn to heed the calling, the message of the one,
that reveals their false promises, the ones you once believed,
that led to desecration, the multitudes deceived.
You turn to face your enemy, the frightened child within,
and those who leaned upon it, that led a saint to sin.

Rise now in your renewal and take your rightful place.
Your armour gleams with courage, with truth, faith and grace.
Fear and hatred cannot withstand your eternal, glorious light.
You shine in every crevice, you vanquish every fight.
It is with you the new day dawns, like the rising of the dove
you now behold the miracle, the victory of love.

2023 Best Decorated Winners

Window Painting Non Professional
1st – The Stor-it Place
2nd – Little Miracles Preschool 

Window Painting Professional
1st – DESC Services
2nd – Southward Medical Supplies

Window Display
1st – Southward Medical Supplies
2nd – Corbett’s Office Supplies 

Interior Decorations
1st – Halina Activity Centre
2nd – Rich Tea 

Performance & Costumes
1st – ACERA Insurance 
2nd – Raising Stars Preschool 

Best Decorated Grand Champion – ACERA Insurance

Runner Up – Valley First

2023 Parade Winners

Best Adventure Entry
Vernon Snowmobile Association 

Best Animal Entry
Sandi Dixon Real Estate 

Best Community-Municipality Entry 
Teresa Durning – City Councilor 

Best Community Clubs Entry 
Elks Lodge 

Community Support Services Entry 
Mel Arnold MP 

Best Cosplay Entry
Vernon Comic Con

Best Cultural Entry
Sadok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

Best Custom/Vintage Vehicle 
Tolko Industries 

Best Humorous Entry 
Parkwood Retirement Resort

Best Junior Entry
The Guides 

Best Large Business 
Hytec – A Kohler Company

Best Marching Band 
Vernon Girls Trumpet Band Alumni 

Best Mascot 
Beacon the Beaver 

Best Medium Business 
Stutters Restoration 

Best Non-Profit Entry 
Schubert Centre 

Best School Entry 
Vernon Music School 

Best Small Business 
Rich Tea Vernon 

Best Youth Visual & Performing Arts 
TKH Dance 

Best Sports Club Entry  
BMX Club 

Best Visual & Performing Arts 
Okanagan Military Tattoo 

Best Youth Team Entry 
North Valley Gymnastics 

2023 Parade Grand Champions

Best Overall Entry
The Elks Lodge 

Best Overall Float 
Rich Tea Vernon

Best Special Effects 
Okanagan Science Centre

Best Carnival Theme 
TKH Dance 

Parade Spirit
Secure Self Storage

Scholarship Recipients

In partnership with The Stor-it Place – a long time supporter of Vernon Winter Carnival - VWC has awarded two Grade 12 students with a $500 Scholarship. Students were asked to submit a short essay about the impact Vernon Winter Carnival has had for them personally.
Over a dozen entries were submitted in total, sharing personal and memorable moments from Vernon Winter Carnival.

The successful recipients are:

Trinity Remple –Vernon Christian School

Hillary Quiring – Vernon Secondary School 

Read Trinity’s Essay Here

Read Hillary’s Essay Here

2022 Carnival Award Winners

Adult Event
Winner: Party in Plaid – Sherpa Events
Runner Up: Blues Bands – O’Keefe Ranch

New Event
Winner: Party in Plaid – Sherpa Events
Runner Up: Meant to Bee Virtual Tasting Experience – Planet Bee

Junior Event
Winner: Carnival of Chocolate – Cotton’s Chocolates
Runner Up: Try CanSkate – Vernon Figure Skating Club

Outdoor Event
Winner: Polar Bear Swim – Zimbabwe Project
Runner Up: Starting Block 10K Run – KAL R.A.T.S

Family Event
Winner: Blue Light Special – O’Keefe Ranch
Runner Up: Polar Bear Swim – Zimbabwe Project

Senior Event
Bingo Marathon – Halina Activity Centre
Pancake Breakfast – Halina Activity Centre

Christel Cam Award – Parade Spirit
Historic O’Keefe Ranch

Carnival Spirit Award
Carnival Spirit Award is given to an organization, business or individual who goes above and beyond to show their Carnival spirit! The recipient of this award should share a contagious enthusiasm for Carnival.
2022 Recipient: Historic O’Keefe Ranch