WINTERFEST: Taking the Plunge (including slideshow)

WINTERFEST: Taking the Plunge (including slideshow)
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The lake was lined with people living vicariously through their crazy friends. All photographic images by Bill Barbour for Blowing Rock News

By David Rogers. January 27, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — After 20 years of writing about Winterfest, it’s tough to come up with anything new to say about the Polar Plunge.

  • Those people are crazy.
  • Gosh, there were a lot of people watching (and egging on) their loved ones.
  • What a clever, creative way to raise money for charity.
  • Those charities are sadistic to ask for volunteers!
  • I didn’t see the Penguin this year!
  • Are Tracy Brown and Kent Graham ever going to jump again?
  • I think Chetola gives them a towel and a free cup of coffee afterward.
  • Who do you think came the farthest just to do this?
  • Do the firemen wear some kind of heated suits, you think?
  • Did they have to chip the ice this year to make a hole?
  • What is the water temperature?
  • I’d jump, but my wife won’t let me.
  • I’ve been told to go jump in the lake many times.
  • I’d do the Polar Plunge, but I am afraid my pacemaker would go haywire.
  • Hey, if I jumped, I’d backstroke across the lake and back before I got out.

Well, enough of that. There reportedly were over 50 jumpers this year.

SLIDESHOW by Bill Barbour for Blowing Rock News

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