2017 Polar Plunge and After Splash Bash on Feb. 18th

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The annual Special Olympics Indiana Polar Plunge and After Splash Bash will be at Versailles State Park on Saturday, February 18th.

The Versailles Plunge is one of eighteen Plunges around the state. Last year’s event drew more than 300 Plungers and spectators. The tenth annual Versailles Plunge promises all the chills and thrills that Plungers have come to know and love. Join us for this extreme fundraising event for the warm at heart.

Participants must raise a “bear” minimum of $75 to take a daring dip into Versailles State Park’s winter waters. All funds raised by the event benefit Special Olympics Indiana.

The Versailles’ Plunge features a huge heated festival tent with great entertainment, the Plunge Food Court, the Razzle Dazzle Basket Raffle, face painting, games, and more.

Participants must be at least 12 years old on the day of the Plunge. Participants under the age of 18 must have a signature from a parent or guardian.

Go to the Ripley-Ohio-Dearborn County websites at http://soindiana-rod.org/polarplunge/ for registration forms and more information.

All proceeds from this event benefit Special Olympics Indiana athletes in our community, giving them the means to train locally and to compete at the state level in a number of Olympic-type sports.

You don’t have to be an official organization to create a team. Just have your family and friends join you for the big splash. A team is any group of 10 to 20 members that wants to Plunge together, but only teams of 10 or more that have raised the minimum of $75 per team member will be eligible for team prizes. Team are encouraged to preregister.

Get the “thrill” without the “chill”! Sign up today to be a part of the virtual plunger program. Participants are eligible for the Plunge incentive items starting at the $75 level to receive the souvenir t-shirt. Click on the “Register Now” button to register today!

Do your toes feel better in running shoes than water shoes? Then support the Polar Plunge and Special Olympics Indiana by running or walking in the Polar Climb 5K Run/3K Walk.

Wear your plunging suit under the clothes you wear to the event – then you don’t have to change into it just to change right back out of it!

Choose your “After Splash Bash” outfit (or post-Plunge gear) with this is mind – you will be cold and possibly numb, so loose-fitting, easy-on clothes without a lot of snaps, zippers or buttons are best. When your fingers and toes don’t work so well, it’s not so easy to get some of that stuff back on!

Bring an old pair of shoes or surf mocs to Plunge in, its required! No flip-flops, these tend to fall off in the water. Bring a loose pair of shoes to wear after the Plunge – something that will slip easily on and doesn’t have tricky laces (think Crocs). Come dressed in your wackiest Plunge costume for the costume contest.

Carpool, or even better, charter a bus with a whole group of friends. The park only holds so many cars. If you are a veteran offer up some help to the Plunge rookies – first-timers are easy to spot!

Each participant raising the “bear” minimum of $75 will receive a long-sleeved souvenir event T-shirt.