The Jacksonport Polar Bear Club’s 27th annual New Year’s Day Plunge into the invigorating waters of Lake Michigan here in Jacksonport will take place at noon sharp on Tuesday. The very popular annual Door County event is held at Lakeside Park in downtown Jacksonport.
Festivities at the park will begin around 10:30 a.m. Registration for all swimmers will take place in the park shelter closest to the lake. The event is free, but all swimmers are asked to sign a liability release form before participating in the event. Forms will be available at the registration pavilion; swimmers can download the form ahead of time from the new website at www.jacksonportpolarbearclub.com and simply drop it off the day of the event. The form is also available on the club’s official Facebook page.
The JPBC is a nonprofit organization. Funds raised pay the clubs insurance and cost of printed materials. All participants receive a free official JPBC Membership Card and a Certificate of Participation in the annual event.
After expenses, funds raised are donated to the Jacksonport Firefighters Association and Feed My People, a local food pantry. Although there is no charge to participate, all participants and onlookers are asked to make a donation or bring one nonperishable food item to donate to the the Feed My People van, which is on location with their volunteers the day of the event.
Polar Bear 2013 T-shirts and lapel pins are offered for sale at the registration tent. Shirts can also be purchased now through Tuesday at Jacksonport Craft Cottage Gifts.
Music provided by Dave Gohr of Loud Entertainment DJ Service will again add to the festivities this year.
A portion of sales at Culver’s of Sturgeon Bay on Tuesday will be donated to the Jacksonport Firefighters Association. The Culver’s mascot, Scoopie, will be attending the Polar Bear plunge to support Culver’s friends and employees who will be doing the plunge and to hand out coupons.