Freeze your 'hiney' in the 'piney'
Published: December 27, 2012
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VALLEY VIEW - Although the calendar says it's winter, those brave enough to defy the season's temperatures are welcome to take the plunge!
The 4th Annual Pine Creek Polar Bear Plunge will be held on New Year's Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 at 1 p.m. along Pine Creek below Valley View Park. As a benefit for the Pine Creek Trout Nursery, the event usually draws a crowd of revelers and spectators to Schuylkill County's west end who are ready to start the year with some fun for a good cause.
For $20 the first 100 attending will receive a tee shirt, and all participants will get a pork and sauerkraut dinner at the Valley View Gun Club, following the plunge, according to organizer Jim Reed.
"Spectators are welcome. You don't have to take the plunge to get the shirt," Reed said.
Each year a new tee shirt is designed to mark the annual event. The 4th annual shirt features a blue and white image of a polar bear diving into the water with the traditional phrase that's placed on every shirt, "I froze my hiney in the piney."
Anyone considering participation should know that shoes are required, and any "plungers" under the age of 18 are required to have a parental or guardian signature with them on the day of the event.
Last year, the third annual event raised $2,800, according to Reed. More than 100 supporters attended in 2012, including some from out-of-state.
Pine Creek Trout Nursery is a cooperative of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission and the Valley View Gun Club. Each year, the nursery gets approximately 6,500 fish that are grown at the nursery and then used for a fishing rodeo and stocking local creeks.