Thousands of people are getting geared up for one of the most highly anticipated events of Blowing Rock WinterFest:The Polar Plunge! But before participants can leap from the dock into a freezing cold Chetola Lake, a lot of work goes into making a hole so the plungers can jump safely. For the past seven years, Mike Nathan has been part of the crew of groundskeepers that breaks up the ice for the event. Photos and Story by Madison V. Fisler
Blowing Rock’s annual Winterfest celebration has come to be known as one of the premier winter events in the High Country. The yearly celebration is a family friendly affair that celebrates the cold winter of the High Country with tons of exciting winter activities for the whole family to enjoy Jan. 23-26. But if you think it’s too late to get involved in all of the winter fun, you’re in for a winter surprise!
BY MADISON V. FISLER
Who would have thought that jumping into a hole in an icy lake while wearing wild, wacky costumes would become one of the most time-honored annual traditions in the High Country? What sounds like crazy is apparently a lot of fun for tons of residents and visitors to the High Country every single year. Blowing Rock’s WinterFest celebration provides the backdrop to the annual Polar Plunge, where this year costumed citizens will leap from the dock into a freezing cold Chetola Lake on Jan. 25-for a good cause of course. by Madison V. Fisler
Feb. 17, 2012. BOONE — The 14th annual Polar Plunge was held on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Duck Pond on the campus of Appalachian State University. 142 “Plungers” lined up to brave the near-freezing water and $7,903 was raised to benefit the Watauga County Special Olympics.
BY PAUL T. CHOATE