A really cold Winterfest Polar Plunge in Camden harbor

By Susan Mustapich | Feb 04, 2019
Video by: Susan Mustapich Group braves the icy waters of Camden Harbor and frigid air temperatures at the Winterfest 2019 Polar Plunge Feb. 2.
Photo by: Annabel Parker

CAMDEN — Ice blocks in Camden Harbor and temperatures in the mid-teens did not deter the multigenerational group who signed up for the Winterfest 2019 Polar Plunge challenge.

Onlookers lined the granite wall at the base of Harbor Park, while volunteers shoveled ice off the stone ramp that leads to the water, and lit braziers to warm those who needed the heat.

Members of the National Honor Society of Camden Hills Regional High School were on hand to sign up any last-minute participants, as well as a large crowd of friends, family and supporters.

The entire group shouted out the countdown at 11 a.m., and the crowd cheered and yelled encouragement to the runners as the group hit the water. Within 30 seconds, the first in were out again, up the ramp, and onshore.

This year's Polar Plunge organizer, and beneficiary of donations gathered by those-who-plunged, was SunDog Outdoor Expeditions, a nonprofit organization dedicated to getting kids outdoors.

Most who took the frigid Polar Plunge into Camden Harbor Feb. 2 were in and out within 30 seconds. (Photo by: Annabel Parker)
Yes, it was that cold at the Winterfest Polar Plunge Feb. 2 at Camden harbor. (Photo by: Annabel Parker)
Towels and warm clothes were waiting after braving the icy water of Camden Harbor during the Winterfest Polar Plunge Feb. 2. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
A beach scene on Camden Harbor Feb. 2, complete with towels, a roaring fire and snow. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
From left, Camden Fire Department Assistant Chief Andrew Low and firefighters Isaiah Backiel and Jonathan Ward stand by in case they are needed at the Winterfest Polar Plunge Feb. 2. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
From left, Kaylyn Krul, Elle Lincoln, Sophie Ernst, Eileen Maeda and Anikka Reinwand of the Camden Hills Regional High School National Honor Society  staff the chilly booth at Camden harbor to sign up last-minute participants and accept donations. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
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