Outstanding work by Brodie and Miranda, they always do an amazing job and this year’s parade entry was super popular with the crowd and made up for our tiny turnout of 2 machines.
Loads of fun, the above photo really captures the fun 700+ riders had during their ATV train ride at Polson Park on July 1 as part of the Canada Day celebrations.
The ATV train rain from 10:00am to 4:00pm, taking people from the centre of the park out toward the boardwalk along roads and trails and back. 15 amazing club members volunteered to make this annual fun event happen, thank you!
The Vernon ATV Club’s third year participating in Canada Day in Polson Park was our most successful yet. In our second year offering rides on the kiddie train approximately 1,000 people of all ages took rides along a longer course than last year’s train ride.
Banner Recreation and Vernon Motorsports provided the tow vehicles this year for the twelve colourful carts. Despite gusty winds and a short spurt of rain families lined up for rides all day and the train continued to run long after all other Canada Day vendors and displays packed up.
The day went without a hitch and we couldn’t have done it without the help of:
- Jason G
- Jason K
The ATV Club is part of Canada Day festivities in Polson Park for the third year. Last year was our fist year with the kiddie train and it was a hit with over 1,000 going for a ride.
Rides start at 10:00am and go to 4:00pm, we arrive at 8:00am to set up and are usually done and ready to leave by 5:00pm.
To make this year another success we need people to help with:
- Morning set up of tents, tables, carts
- Organizing riders into the carts
- Driving the vehicles pulling the kiddie carts
- Providing info to people visiting the club display
- Take down and load out at the end of the day
Use the form below to let us know how you can help make 2018 a success.
Winter Carnival Parade Photos
Have you ever wanted to ride your machine downtown? Of course, we all have!
Here’s your chance, bring your side x side, quad or dirtbike and join our entry in the 2018 Vernon Winter Carnival Parade, Saturday February 3 from 10:30am – 1:30pm.
It’s loads of fun, parade spectators loved seeing the machines last year and kids go bonkers when you wave back at them, good fun!
Let us know if you’re coming by phone (250-550-5290), email or fill out the form below.
We are #91 in the parade and will be staged on 27th Street at the 42nd Avenue intersection, right in front of 3% Real Estate.
We suggest you arrive early and try to find parking near Seaton School. If you park East of 27th Street you will not be able to ride back to your vehicle after the parade as 27th reopens as soon as soon as the parade has passed.
We’ll have smokies on the BBQ in the Seaton School parking lot after the parade.
Canada Day 150 Recap
What a day! It was hot and sunny and Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations had brought out large crowds. Attendees had a great selection of things to see and do, the freestyle motocross was the largest draw when it ran twice during the day but our barrel train was a close second in popularity as evidence by the lineups from before 10:00am until after 4:30pm. We estimate 800-900 people took a barrel train ride during the day!
BDM Motorsports brought a pair of Polaris General 1000s out to pull the train and they were the perfect choice as they had power to pull, turf mode for driving on grass, the second seat allowed for a co-driver to watch over the train and the pickup box was used by parents wanting to ride along to capture video of their kids on the ride.
Banner Recreation came with an Outlander XMR, a pair of SeaDoos and a little street legal Kawasaki motorcycle that attracted lots of attention.
A huge thanks to all the club members that came out to set up, take down and soldiered through the heat all day (including the two drivers who drove the entire day without a break).
Help the Vernon ATV Club spread the good word on all terrain vehicle use. You can help in the following ways:
- Be a greeter in our booth during the day. Any time you can contribute helps, 1 hour or all day, it’s up to you!
- Bring your machine for display, the park gates are closed to vehicle traffic from 9:00am to 4:00pm so drop off and pickup are before and after those times.
- Drive the kiddie train! Hop in one of the new side x sides from local dealers and take kids on a tour of Polson Park.
Lumby Days Parade Report – a great turnout of both parade entries and people out to watch. A really fun event to participate in just for the joy of watching little kids react when you wave to them, most would start waving back like crazy… until their hands shot to cover their ears when the tow truck behind us would sound his train horn and scare the crap out of them.
Join the club as we ride the streets of Lumby in the Lumby Days Parade Saturday, June 10. Meet at the industrial park east of Lumby at 9:30am to assemble and decorate, the parade rolls at 11:00am and should wrap up around 12:30pm. Please let us know if you’re coming by email, use the form below, on facebook or comment on this page.
The parade theme is Canada 150, the club has a lot of flags and other decorating items but you can bring your own decorations if you have them.
Consider staying in Lumby all day to check out the many activities including:
- Pony cart rides
- Midway rides
- Pioneer power display
- Show & shine
- Live entertainment
- Freestyle motocross
- Helicopter rides
and more, check out the Lumby Days schedule
The weather turned decidedly summer-like on Saturday May 20 for our annual cleanup on King Eddy Road. 22 members of the Vernon ATV Club as well as members of Kelowna and Salmon Arm ATV Clubs and area residents put in hard work in the hot sun picking up other people’s garbage.
We filled a 15 cubic yard bin to the brim with garbage, it weighed 2,625lbs. We were also able to sort off several truckloads of recyclable steel into the salvage pile and wood for recycling by chipping.
Notable items picked up:
- Truck canopy pulled from King Eddy Lake
- Hot water tank winched from steep ditch
- Two garbage bags of shotgun shells (500+ shells)
- Damaged culvert and over 1,000lbs of metal diverted to the scrap steel pile
We thank the following companies for their help in making our cleanup anther huge success:
And of course a huge thank you to everyone who volunteered a day from your long weekend to clean up after stupid people. We appreciate your effort!
If you need an excavator, some earth moved or a garbage bin rental call Silvercrest Trucking & Excavating Bin Rental
Meeting and sign in for the cleanup begins at 9:00am on Saturday May 20. We’ll start with a brief orientation, safety talk and map of the area to be cleaned then send everyone off to clean the mountainside at 9:30. Please bring gloves, boots and some high visibility clothing (if you have it).
There is a BBQ for all cleanup volunteers at 1:30pm so please let us know if you’re coming so we have enough food for everyone, sign up below!
The first official weekend of summer in Canada and one of the biggest weekends for the ATV Club. Bring your RV or camper to the Sort Yard on King Eddy and stay for the weekend or just stop by to help out with the cleanup or take in one of the rides. Like all ATV Club activities everyone is invited, you don’t have to be a member to join us on a ride – come check it out!
If you’re camping for the weekend let us know by Friday at noon so we can arrange vehicles around camp central.
Friday May 19
- 4:00pm – Sort Yard open for campers
- 7:00pm – Campfire
Saturday May 20
- 9:00am – Cleanup meeting – bring gloves, boots and high-vis if you have it
- 9:30am – Cleanup starts
- 1:30pm – BBQ at sort yard
- 2:30pm – Continue cleanup or head out for ride
- 7:00pm – Campfire
Sunday May 21
- 10:00am – Ride from Sort Yard
- 7:00pm – Campfire
Monday May 22
- 10:00am – Ride from Sort Yard
- 5:00pm – Party’s over, out you go
Map to Sort Yard – the Sort Yard is used by an industrial recycling facility so there are tire popping hazards, we will have a safe route marked out with traffic cones for you to follow to the camping area.
Photos from the 2016 Cleanup