November 16, 2015 - 6:30 PM
VERNON – The first ever B.C. Provincial Snow Show in Vernon raised more than $11,000 for a Lake Country charity.
The Snow Show, which amalgamated three smaller events around the provinces, took over Kal Tire Place last weekend and attracted more than 14,000 fans of the white stuff.
Roughly 100 vendors displaying everything from snow bikes and snowmobiles to avalanche safety gear were present, as were pro riders from across the country.
Admission to the event was by donation with every penny going towards the Lions Society for Children with Disabilities and Easter Seals Camp Winfield.
Camp Winfield manager Rick Harker says unlike most fundraising events they had no associated costs. Volunteers from the Vernon Lions Club worked the door from Friday until Sunday with all money going straight to the kids.
“We had people from all over the province come,” he says. “This was a last minute thing.”
“We made a connection to this through Snow-o-rama where snowmobile clubs in each city or town do a special fun run every winter… and put the money they raise into the pot and donate to the lions. That’s how we came to be involved in the Snow Show.”
Harker says it costs $2,400 to send a child to camp for one week.
”We feed them, we entertain them, we house them, we give them the time of their life,” he says. “The people (who came to the show) were very generous. We’d do it again in a heartbeat.”
The Provincial Snow Show is expected to be an annual event every fall. For more information, visit the Lions Club website.
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