NEBRASKA CITY – It’s fun, really. It’s fun. That was the consensus at the Southeast Nebraska Polar Plunge at Nebraska City Saturday.
The wind chill was 2 degrees when the fund raiser for Nebraska Special Olympics opened for the first time at Wildwood Pond. There were hip-high snow drifts to traverse and crews had to cut through a foot of ice to carve out a plunging area.
“Perfect weather,” said event organizers.
Jayne Prince, 58, traveled 200 miles to represent The Willows Assisted Living from Neligh, Neb.
Prince: “It’s for fun. You’re hanging out with good friends – they’re not jumping by the way – but, anyway, anybody should … what a great way to have some fun.”
The youngest plunger was Aidan White, the 14-year-old son of Auburn mayor and Nemaha County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan White.
White: “He talked me into it. He said it would be fun … yeah, honestly, it was.”
It’s also fun for couples said Deputy Matt and Johanna Kadavy of Auburn.
Kadavy: “It’s a great couples-building experience.”
The Nebraska City event concludes the Polar Plunge season, which is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Nebraska Special Olympics.
A dozen plungers at Nebraska City joined the 600 across the state.
Plungers from the Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office included Sheriff Brent Lottman, who won the prize for best costume as an actual plunger. Deputy Nate Boden was joined by his fiancé Stephanie Cullins.
George Horner dressed in patriotic attire representing the Nebraska City police.He said he thinks he was chosen because he is the newest member of the police department.
Nebraska State Troopers Bill Rowell and Justin Parsons led off the event. Chiropractor Jeff Cumro and the Walmart team of Casey Fertig and Needie Clark also joined the “zero” regrets crowd.
Ted Bernard gave the play-by-play announcements and the Plattsmouth water rescue team gave in-water assistance.
The Otoe County Emergency Management incident command trailer gave plungers a warm retreat after the plunge.