01/30/2023
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By Charlotte Smith
The Eighth Annual Polar Plunge at Camp Clearwater drew a large crowd on New Year’s Day. There were an estimated 150 people in attendance with around 20 participating in the event.
The plunge started a little after 11 a.m. behind the arcade inside Camp Clearwater. Stephen Holloman emceed the event. He wore a customary Vikings hat and read the proclamation before giving the order for everyone to dive in.
“It wasn’t that bad,” Holloman stated after his dip in the cold water.
The water temperature was 56 degrees and the air temperature was 51 degrees, according to Holloman.
“Last year in 2018, it was 38 degrees and then next day it froze over and we were out walking on it,” he said, “Now that was tough.”
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The event was open to friends of the community. After the big plunge into the lake people lined up for the White Lake Water Rescue serving a traditional New Year’s dinner.
Plates were sold with collards, pork, chicken and rice, and cornbread to help raise funds for the local emergency responders.
For more information about the annual event or to make camping reservations call the camp ground at 910-862-3365 or the Elizabethtown office at 910-862-2091.
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