MEDICINE PARK — Saturday marks the 26th anniversary of some daring Medicine Parkies taking off from the town watering hole for a dip in the frigid waters of Medicine Creek.
And at 2 p.m., they and hundreds more will return to those waters in the Bath Lake area for the annual Polar Plunge. Although temperatures are expected to be in the low 60s, you can definitely count on a cool time.
Events begin around 1:45 p.m. outside the Park Tavern for the annual march to Bath Lake that takes place along Cobblestone Row before descending into the Creekside area. From there, at 2 p.m. and under the direction of town “Santa” Charley Wright, prospective polar bears will leap into the always chilly waters. Many will be wearing outfits more suited for a company Halloween party but all will be wearing smiles after testing their mettle and emerging from the water.
The Park Tavern will be home for the official unofficial afterparty with a 2:30 p.m. performance by the Smilin’ Bob English Band followed by a 6:30 p.m. set from Cade Roth.
There will be other events and performances throughout Medicine Park as the Polar Plunge serves as the unofficial kick off to the town’s festival season. ParkStomp is slated for the weekend of March 15-17.