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17th Annual Polar Plunge rescheduled for Feb. 26

BOONE—The 17th annual Polar Plunge at Appalachian State University’s duck pond that was originally scheduled for Feb. 19 has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 26.

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“With weather forecasts calling for temperatures in the single digits on Thursday, organizers of the event decided it was best to move the Polar Plunge to the following Thursday when highs are expected to be above freezing,” said Gunther Doerr, director of public safety and risk management and director of University Police at Appalachian.

University Police is one of the sponsors of the event.

On-site registration will be from 3-4 p.m. Feb. 26 with the event to follow.

The annual event raises money for Special Olympics athletes in Watauga County. It is sponsored by Watauga County law enforcement agencies and Watauga County Parks and Recreation.

Registration for this year’s event 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