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16th Annual Polar Plunge held Feb. 20

BOONE—Students, staff and others from Appalachian State University and the community will take a chilly plunge in the campus duck pond Feb. 20 to raise money for Special Olympics athletes in Watauga County.

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The event is sponsored by Watauga County law enforcement agencies and Watauga County Parks and Recreation.

This is the 16th year the Polar Plunge has been held on campus. Last year, 142 individuals jumped into 38-degree water to raise $6,881. During the past 15 years, the event has raised more than $100,000 for Special Olympics Watauga County.

Registration for this year’s event runs from 3-4 p.m. at the site off Rivers Street with the “plunge” beginning at 4 p.m. Registration is $25 per person or $20 per person for groups of five or more.

Prizes will be award for the most extreme costume (male and female), and to the top fundraising group and individual. All participants will receive a Polar Plunge beach towel.

For more information, contact Keron Poteat at Watauga County Parks and Recreation at 828-264-9511 or