This event was cancelled, following publication of this article, based upon the extreme weather conditions present at the event site.
We have recently experienced the polar vortex and arctic temperatures in the single digits, now get ready for an even more bone chilling adventure: The 18th annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge benefitting the Special Olympics Maryland. With a forecast of 15 to 20 knot winds, possible snow showers, and water temperatures just above freezing, this years Polar Bear Plunge is shaping up to be a perfect day. The fun begins this Saturday, 25 January 2014.
Last year an estimated 25,000 plungers and spectators converged on Sandy Point State Park, Maryland for a quick dip in the Chesapeake Bay, or to watch those hearty souls that took the plunge (or maybe dipped their toes). Event organizers are expecting even more fun seekers this year. The event, sponsored by the Maryland State Police supports Special Olympics which provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic sports for those eight years of age and older with intellectual disabilities.
In addition to the actual plunge the organizers have PlungeFest which is a whole day of entertainment food and fun, starting at 8 a.m. Local and national vendors, crafters, zoo animals and a giant sand sculpture are all part of this event, according to information on the PlungeFest website. Rams Head Ice Lodge will feature live music and entertainment and there will be food and beverages to keep you full and warm.
PlungeFest is free for spectators and it only takes a $75.00 pledge to be a plunger and get wet in the Chesapeake Bay. Be sure to take a camera to record the wonderful and creative costuming that you will see throughout the day. Team plungers often dress alike or in wacky costumes, and individuals go all out on their attire.
The parking and transportation is free and well organized. Organizers have stated they will be awarding prizes throughout the day on shuttle buses beginning at 8 a.m. Express shuttle service and parking will be at the Navy-Marine Stadium in Annapolis, the Anne Arundel Community College - Arnold, and Kent Island High School - Stevensville.