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

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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