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The first annual Maritime Days Ice Jam promises to bring a little spark of summer to downtown Marine City this March. From March 14 to 16, special events will draw residents out of their warm houses and to the Marine City beach for some winter fun.

The event is a benefit for three community organizations: Downriver Helping Hands, the Marine City High School Cross-Country Team, and the Maritime Days 2014 Festival Fund.

On Friday, the weekend kicks off with dinner and dancing followed by live music. Donations of canned food will be accepted to support Downriver Helping Hands’ food pantry.

On Saturday the family fun starts when the KidZone opens at noon, featuring inflatable play spaces and a rock wall. In the evening, a chili cook-off will decide who can boast the best chili in Marine City and live music will once again provide entertainment in the heated beer tent.

Sunday morning starts with a 10am pancake breakfast, hosted by the Washington Life Center Veteran’s Group. At noon, the KidZone opens again with fun for children of all ages and sign in begins for the highlight of the weekend – the Polar Plunge. At 1pm, hearty participants will go for a swim in the icy waters of the St Clair River. The event concludes with the Polar Plunge awards and closing ceremony at 2pm.

The weekend will also feature local vendors offering food, beverages, arts and crafts, and local merchandise.

For more details and registration information for the Polar Plunge and Chili Cook-off, visit the event web site at http://www.maritimedays.com/#!2014-ice-jam/c15sf.

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