76 take plunge


Good turnout for second annual Polar Plunge

By Nicholas Elmes - nelmes@civitasmedia.com



Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.


Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.


Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.


Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.


Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.


Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.


Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.


Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.


Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.


Don Elmes photo

Plungers paraded their costumes in front of 100’s of onlookers before taking a chilly dip in Hanging Rock State Park.


Don Elmes photo

Plungers paraded their costumes in front of 100’s of onlookers before taking a chilly dip in Hanging Rock State Park.


Don Elmes photo

Plungers paraded their costumes in front of 100’s of onlookers before taking a chilly dip in Hanging Rock State Park.


Don Elmes photo

Plungers paraded their costumes in front of 100’s of onlookers before taking a chilly dip in Hanging Rock State Park.


Don Elmes photo

Plungers paraded their costumes in front of 100’s of onlookers before taking a chilly dip in Hanging Rock State Park.


Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.


Don Elmes photo

Costumed thrill seekers gathered on the shore of Hanging Rock Lake before a Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day. The event drew a variety of media to the county.


Don Elmes photo

Over 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge.


Don Elmes photo

Over 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge.


Don Elmes photo

Over 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge.


Don Elmes photo

Over 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge.


Don Elmes photo

Over 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge.


Don Elmes photo

Over 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge.


Don Elmes photo

Over 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge.


Don Elmes photo

Over 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge.


Don Elmes photo

Over 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge.


Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.


Nicholas Elmes | The Stokes News

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.


Nicholas Elmes | The Stokes News

Organizers of the second annual Polar Plunge at Hanging Rock State Park were pleased on New Years day with 76 people choosing to brave the frigid waters of Hanging Rock Lake.

The event, sponsored by the Stokes County Arts Council, raised thousands of dollars to help fund arts related events in the park this coming summer.

“I think it was colder water this year, at least it felt like it,” said Stokes County Arts Director Eddy McGee who has organized and participated in the plunge for the past two years. “It is very exhilarating, there is really no other way to describe it. When you are doing the countdown you can’t believe you are going to run into the water. It is nuts, but it is a great way to start the new year.”

McGee estimated the event, which encourages participants to come dressed in wild costumes, drew close to 400 spectators to the park this year.

“It really built on last year,” he said. “We had more spectators and more participants going into the water. It is a great experience.”

Many of the plungers were returning from last year, saying they had such a great time they wanted to do it again.

“I look forward to it every year,” said Shawn Scott, a King area resident. “They say you set the tone for the year on the first day and this is a great way to set the tone by doing something exhilarating. It is adventure seeking at its finest.”

Scott, who was dressed as Mario last year, came dressed as Game of Thrones’ John Snow this year.

“I’m keeping next year’s costume in the dark,” he said. “We had much steeper costume competition this year.”

Jacklyn Sink also returned to the plunge this year, this time bringing her friend Scott Cerell for a two person costume representing Wilson from Cast Away.

“I had seen the costume for Halloween and thought it would be cool to jump in the lake as Wilson,” she said.

Park Superintendent Robin Riddlebarger said it was great to see so many people starting off the year by enjoying the park.

“It was very exciting,” she said. “If you were not here then you just don’t know how to have a good time.”

McGee said the event will help the Arts Council increase programming at the park.

“We already have a gallery where we can monthly art work,” he said. “This year we are targeting the money raised through this for May through October for music and small theater productions that we will have up here at the park.”

Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC2932.jpgPolar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event. Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC2953.jpgPolar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event. Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC2960.jpgPolar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event. Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC2966.jpgPolar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event. Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC2967.jpgPolar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event. Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC2968.jpgPolar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event. Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC2972.jpgPolar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event. Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC2975.jpgPolar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event. Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC2983.jpgPolar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event. Don Elmes photo

Plungers paraded their costumes in front of 100’s of onlookers before taking a chilly dip in Hanging Rock State Park.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC2985.jpgPlungers paraded their costumes in front of 100’s of onlookers before taking a chilly dip in Hanging Rock State Park. Don Elmes photo

Plungers paraded their costumes in front of 100’s of onlookers before taking a chilly dip in Hanging Rock State Park.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC2986.jpgPlungers paraded their costumes in front of 100’s of onlookers before taking a chilly dip in Hanging Rock State Park. Don Elmes photo

Plungers paraded their costumes in front of 100’s of onlookers before taking a chilly dip in Hanging Rock State Park.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC2988.jpgPlungers paraded their costumes in front of 100’s of onlookers before taking a chilly dip in Hanging Rock State Park. Don Elmes photo

Plungers paraded their costumes in front of 100’s of onlookers before taking a chilly dip in Hanging Rock State Park.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC2992.jpgPlungers paraded their costumes in front of 100’s of onlookers before taking a chilly dip in Hanging Rock State Park. Don Elmes photo

Plungers paraded their costumes in front of 100’s of onlookers before taking a chilly dip in Hanging Rock State Park.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC2996.jpgPlungers paraded their costumes in front of 100’s of onlookers before taking a chilly dip in Hanging Rock State Park. Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC3000.jpgPolar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event. Don Elmes photo

Costumed thrill seekers gathered on the shore of Hanging Rock Lake before a Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day. The event drew a variety of media to the county.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC3012.jpgCostumed thrill seekers gathered on the shore of Hanging Rock Lake before a Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day. The event drew a variety of media to the county. Don Elmes photo

Over 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC3015.jpgOver 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge. Don Elmes photo

Over 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC3017.jpgOver 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge. Don Elmes photo

Over 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC3018.jpgOver 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge. Don Elmes photo

Over 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC3019.jpgOver 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge. Don Elmes photo

Over 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC3020.jpgOver 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge. Don Elmes photo

Over 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC3021.jpgOver 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge. Don Elmes photo

Over 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC3027.jpgOver 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge. Don Elmes photo

Over 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC3028.jpgOver 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge. Don Elmes photo

Over 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC3031.jpgOver 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge. Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_20160101_140219.jpgPolar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event. Nicholas Elmes | The Stokes News

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
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Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
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Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
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Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
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Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
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Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
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Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
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Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
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Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
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Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
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Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
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Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_2950.jpgPolar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event. Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_3004.jpgPolar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event. Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_3005.jpgPolar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event. Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_3006.jpgPolar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event. Don Elmes photo

Costumed thrill seekers gathered on the shore of Hanging Rock Lake before a Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day. The event drew a variety of media to the county.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_3007.jpgCostumed thrill seekers gathered on the shore of Hanging Rock Lake before a Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day. The event drew a variety of media to the county. Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1__DSC2930.jpgPolar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event. Don Elmes photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_20160101_140459.jpgPolar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event. Don Elmes photo

http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_2016-0101-JM05510-Austin-Paul-grand-prize-winner.jpgJess Moore photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_2016-0101-KB05971-costume.jpgPolar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event. Kitty Ray Brown photo

http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_2016-0101-KB06042-The-Crowd.jpgKitty Ray Brown photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_2016-0101-JM05140-Igor-Ellen-Peric.jpgPolar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event. Jess Moore photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_2016-0101-JM05266-Chloromethane-molecule.jpgPolar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event. Jess Moore photo

Polar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_2016-0101-JM05272-Colorful.jpgPolar Plunge participants dressed in any variety of costumes for the event. Jess Moore photo

Over 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_2016-0101-JM05373-Plunging2.jpgOver 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge. Jess Moore photo

http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_2016-0101-JM05486-Towel.jpgJess Moore photo

Over 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_2016-0101-JM05323-Plunging.jpgOver 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge. Jess Moore photo

Over 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_2016-0101-KB06088-Mad-Dash-Into-the-Lake.jpgOver 75 people braved the cold Hanging Rock Lake waters on New Years Day for the second annual Haning Rock Polar Plunge. Kitty Ray Brown photo
Good turnout for second annual Polar Plunge

By Nicholas Elmes

nelmes@civitasmedia.com

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