Mid-winter can start to get the best of us and make us a little stir-crazy. So if you’re itching to indulge in some winter excitement, get out for the 14th year of Freeze Fest: Saturday, February 8th from 11a to 3p at Cravath Lakefront Park in Whitewater, WI.
What To Do
11a-2p Chili Cook-off:
Head straight to the warming tent and sample as many chili’s as you want. After, vote on your favorite! Participants love to share their chili with Fest goers. According to Program Coordinator, Michelle Dujardin, “It’s a big deal to win the Chili-Cookoff.” It’s $5/bowl. Half the proceeds go toward Seniors in the Park. Half goes toward Southeastern WI Special Olympics.
12p Opening Ceremony:
Watch as the torch is brought out w/ a Special Olympics athlete and listen to them recite the Special Olympic oath. After, they blow out the torch which announces the beginning of the Polar Plunge.
“It’s exciting. It’s refreshing. It’s rewarding to see the athletes and hear their oath. Also, to know that all the funds raised stay in our region, is cool. We have over fifteen-hundred Olympic athletes in Southeastern WI. It’s super cool.” -Michelle Dujardin, Program Coordinator
12:30-3p Polar Plunge:
Cheer on each Polar Plunge participant! Varying in ages from middle school and up, some participants are joining Freeze Fest from various cities in Southeastern WI, and some are from the University of WI-Whitewater.Dujardin shares, “The community and the university embrace this so much, they support by sponsoring and organizing teams. This is one of the biggest events where the university and community work together.”
Wander. People watch! Dance.
“Every year, there’s something that surprises you, and every year is unique. Last year, the pool froze. People bring their dogs down all dressed up. Everyone is part of the event. Every year it’s different in a really good way.” -Michelle Dujardin, Program Coordinator
Music will be provided by an aspiring DJ from the University of WI-Whitewater. You can also enjoy hot chocolate, raffle baskets, and peruse souvenirs. Additionally, an Ice Age Trail rep will be involved, so you can definitely expect to see Monty the Woolly Mammoth!
People can register ahead of time or the day of the event for the plunge. They have registration on site. There’s no admission and people can come and go.
“You’re free to walk around the park and enjoy everything. Dress warm and be ready to eat.” -Michelle Dujardin, Program Coordinator
For all details and/or to register for the Polar Plunge, visit here.