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Plungers freeze for reason

From Kewaunee to Jacksonport, people going for a New Year’s Day swim in the open water will be doing so for more than just a fun story to tell. A dare is what started the Jacksonport Polar Bear Plunge at Lakeside Park 34 years ago for event founder J.R. Jarosh. The event now brings in hundreds of swimmers every year, with many bringing non-perishable food items to support Feed my People and t-shirt proceeds to the Jacksonport Fire Department. Jarosh is proud of the charitable impact the event has created.

The polar plunge hosted by Waterfront Mary’s in Sturgeon Bay sees dozens take a dip into its nearby waters before retreating to a bonfire and the restaurant. Zach Vogel says the event brings extra attention to the efforts of the Southern Door Fire Department.

The Door County swims take place at noon while the Kewaunee JC’s host their polar plunge at Father Marquette Park at 1 p.m.

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