The Eighth Annual Ice Bowl & Polar Plunge is not for the weak of heart, but it is for a great cause.
Ashe County Parks & Recreation is hosting the plunge at Ashe County Park in Jefferson on Saturday, Feb. 15, where registrants will pay $25 to take a “refreshing dip in Ashe County Park Pond.”
“Last year the water was 34 degrees,” Missy Parker, program manager of Parks and Rec said. “But it’s for a good cause.”
All proceeds from money raised at the event will be donated to Ashe Outreach, which helps to feed the hungry in Ashe through mobile meals, a food pantry and other community efforts.
Participants, who will take home a long-sleeved t-shirt, are encouraged to dress up in their plunge-best and seek sponsors.
“We’ll be giving out a best costume trophy, a trophy for youngest jumper and a trophy for the jumper who raises the most money,” Parker said.
Prior to the chilly plunge, the morning will begin with the Ice Bowl, an 18-hole disc golf competition which Parker said attracts competitors from all over the country.
Ice Bowls are disc golf events held all over the country each year in January and February with an overall mission of raising funds to fight hunger. The program’s motto is “no wimps, no whiners.”
Registration for the Bowl will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and tee-off will be at 10 a.m. The cost to participate is $25 and proceeds will go to Ashe Outreach.
Divisions include: recreational, amateur, advanced, pro and masters.
Parker said last year upwards of 75 disc golfers, of all ability levels, participated in the bowl, held in collaboration with the High Country Disc Golf Club and Innova Disc Golf of Charlotte.
“Ashe Park is a nationally ranked disc golf course,” Parker said.
When the disc golfers complete the course, they will head down to the pond to join in the polar plunge.
Chili lunch will be provided and competitors have a chance to win cash prizes for placing and door prizes just for entering.
According to the Ice Bowl website, this year’s goal is to raise at least $2,000 and collect at least 50 pounds of food for Ashe Outreach.
Last year the event raised $2,066 and 75 pounds of food for the Outreach.
The Ice Bowl & Polar Plunge at Ashe County Park will take place in rain, shine, ice or snow.
Ashe County Parks and Recreation will keep the hot chocolate flowing to keep the jumpers warm, and certified divers and rescuers from New River Fire Department will be on hand in case of emergency.
Christina Day can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @CDayinWJ