Polar Plunge in Eureka

By Alyssa Donovan

January 26, 2013 Updated Jan 28, 2013 at 12:06 PM CDT

EUREKA, Ill.-- You may not think January is the best time to take a swim, but one group braved the chilly weather for a cause.

Saturday marked the third annual Polar Plunge at Eureka Lake. The plunge serves as a fundraiser for the town's annual Reagan fest.

Although only 15 people braved the cold today. In the past, the event has drawn nearly 100 plungers at a time.

Event organizers say if anything, the plunge usually attracts a bit of a crowd.

Secretary of the Reagan Fest Committee, Jaimie McFarlin said, “The weather brings a lot of our lookers that want to see what's going on...cause it's just a fun thing to watch even if your not a part of it and your not plunging."

Following the icy swim, plungers and spectators were invited to a chili cook-off to put a little heat back in their bellies.

Eureka's Regan Fest will take place in August.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.