‘Freezin’ for a Reason’: Registration open for Polar Plunge at Winterfest

Times Observer file photo Registration is open for the 2024 version of the Polar Plunge. Annually part of Winterfest and a fundraiser for the Salvation Army, this year’s event will be held on Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. at the beach at Chapman State Park.

Jumping into a freezing lake probably is not a favorite pastime for most of us.

But an opportunity to take the plunge at Chapman State Park as part of Winterfest would see you plunging with Warren Mayor Dave Wortman and Park Manager Cody Miller.

And the quick dip in the lake will also raise funds for a good cause.

The Polar Plunge is a long-standing piece of Winterfest that benefits the Salvation Army.

“We are excited to be a part of Warren County (at) Winterfest and have our Polar Bear Plunge in partnership with them,” Salvation Army Major Shane Budd said. “We are hoping that all our friends that have been a part of the Polar Bear Plunge are willing to join us again this year and make this event.”

The event is set for Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. at the beach at Chapman State Park.

There are some incentives and prizes on the line for this year’s version of the Plunge.

“The person who raises the most money will receive a trophy,” Budd said. “Here is an opportunity for each of us to do something great for the Warren community through this cold but exciting event.”

There will also be medals for best plunge, the most creative costume and the bravest plunge.

“Winterfest will provide Warren County residents and the whole Northwest Pennsylvania region with fun and exciting opportunities,” Budd said.

“The Polar Bear Plunge is a fundraiser for the Salvation Army and helps support the many programs of the Salvation Army for those of our community members in need.”

Those looking to participate can connect with the Salvation Army in a few ways – in person at 311 Beech St., by calling (814) 823-8950 or fill out the form on the Warren Salvation Army’s Facebook page.

“We look forward to ‘Freezin’ for a Reason’ at Warren County’s Winterfest,” Budd said.


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