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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!


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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

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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

Awards Results


2022 School Poster Contest Winners

Thank you to the amazing students, teachers and schools who participated this year, over 900 entries!

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 - Jeff Routley - Grade 6/7 Teacher at Mission Hill Elementary!

Kindergarten – No Entries

Grade 1

1st place
Ellie at Vernon Christian School

2nd place
Audrey at Vernon Christian School

3rd place
Danae at Vernon Christian School

Grade 2

1st place
Kaitlyn at Vernon Christian School

2nd place
Lila at Bearisto

3rd place
Chloe at Harwood

Grade 3

1st place
Emma at Silver Star

2nd place
Jayden at Beairsto

3rd place
Emery at Coldstream

Grade 4

1st place
Marie at Kidson

2nd place
Emily at St. James

3rd place
Kaia at Okanagan Landing

Grade 5

1st place
Kara at Harwood

2nd place
Alexa at BX

3rd place
Reese at Coldstream


Grade 6

1st place
Jordan at Lavington

2nd place
Neallon at Mission Hill

3rd place
Kailyn at Alexis Park


Grade 7

1st place
Waylon at Okanagan Landing

2nd place
Zoe at Okanagan Landing

3rd place
Dylan at Kidston


2022 Vernon Winter Carnival Raffle

BC Gaming license #129972

Congratulations to our winners!

1st Prize:

2022 850 PRO RMK 155 Matryx Polaris Snowmobile

Troy Connolly – Ticket No. 0329

2nd Prize:

WestJet Gift of Flight: Roundtrip flight for two (2) guests to any regularly scheduled WestJet destination

Billy Wilson – Ticket No. 4691

3rd Prize:

1K Your Way – from Valley First – Put 1K towards an RESP, RRSP, your personal loan or your credit card

Kimberly Cunningham – Ticket No. 0459

4th Prize:

2 adult lift tickets Silver Star Mountain Resort

Mons Aase – Ticket No. 4257

Celebration of Talent

The votes are in and we have a our winners! Over 1,500 people voted!

Amateur Winner: Vernon Girls Trumpet Band Alumni
Professional Winner: Tracy Holly

We love the talent in this community and can't wait to continue to celebrate them year round! Thanks to the over 1,500 people who voted!

2022 Snow Sculpture Symposium

People’s Choice


Team Members: Alan Hesschilds, Mat Holman, Amanda Ball

Journey’s End

The intertwined nature of life and death; as the salmons migrate to procreate and create new life they in turn must die to allow the grizzlies to thrive. this scene encapsulates the cyclical duality of life and death, creation and destruction in the natural world.

2022 Best Decorated Winners

Window Painting Non Professional
1st – Little Miracles Pre School
2nd – Stor-it Place

Window Painting Professional
1st – MLA Harwinder Sandhu

Window Display
1st – Mahoroba Japanese Restaurant
2nd – Vernon Teach & Learn

Interior Decorations
1st – CapriCMW Insurance
2nd – Valley First

Performance & Costumes
1st – Little Miracles Pre School
2nd – Valley First

Grand Prize – Little Miracles

2nd Prize – Valley First

People’s Choice: To be Announced

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.
17 entries were submitted in total, sharing personal and memorable moments from Vernon Winter Carnival.

The successful recipients are:

Amy Cuthbertson – WL Seaton
Taia Buffie – Fulton Secondary School

Read Amy’s Essay here
Read Taia’s Essay here
Vicki Proulx - VWC, Taia Buffie, Amy Cuthbertson, Kim Wallace - The Stor-it Place

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