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Fairfield County Polar Plunge 2019

Story by: Sammie RobinsonStudent Journalist

A Polar Bear Plunge or Polar Plunge is an annual event held during the Winter, where participants enter a body of water despite the low temperature. Not only does it take place in Fairfield County but is held nationwide to raise money for charitable organizations. The plunge is fun attraction for many because of the chilling thrill you get once you plunge your body into ice cold water. The Plunge Organization states, “It’s the “coolest” thing you’ll do all year, not to mention you are creating more opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities to experience the life-changing benefits of participating in Special Olympics.” The South Carolina Special Olympics website for Fairfield County’s annual plunge at Lake Wateree State Park has set a donation goal of $5,000. This event is sponsored in part by the Fairfield County Sheriff Department and has become one of the largest fundraisers for the Special Olympics in Fairfield County. The event held on Saturday, February 23rd, included a costume contest, lunch, and of course the big plunge. Sheriff Will Montgomery posted on his social media site Saturday evening, thanking everyone who participated and for their help raising over $10,000 dollars for this year’s event.