New Royalty Crowned for Carnival

The New Queen and Princess Silver Star were crowned Thursday at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.

Queen Silver Star the 59th is Miss Kalamalka Rotary Hayley Rakos and Princess Silver Star the 59th is  Miss Silver Star Rotary Madison Barrett, who also named Miss Congeniality.

$10,000 was awarded in scholarships during the evening to the candidates for various skills including essay writing, speech, knowledge of Vernon and more.

Queen and Princess Silver Star will be at many Vernon Winter Carnival events over the next 10 days and will serve as ambassadors for Greater Vernon through the next year.

Carnival Chair Deb White says everyone is really getting into the theme of a Pirate Carnival.
White says the Pirate theme is so popular will see about 40 boats in the parade Saturday. White says there are 99 events, and 47 of them are free. She says there is a real focus on family events, with the big one is Family Day is next Saturday.  

One of the big changes is no hot air balloon glow Friday night. The balloons will be up, you can follow the society's Facebook page to find our where and when at North Okanagan Hot Air Balloon Society.