Last call for Polar Plunge!

By Haywood Waterways Association | Jan 28, 2014

The second annual Polar Plunge Benefit-t-t-ting Kids in the Creek & Youth Education is happening from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Lake Junaluska beach.

The event is being hosted by Haywood Waterways Association and Lake Junaluska Assembly. It features a “plunge” into Lake Junaluska and costumes are encouraged. There will be great prizes for the top fundraisers and best costumes. All Plungers receive a free t-shirt to commemorate their courage and a chance to win one of many great door prizes. All Plungers and spectators get a free chili lunch.

Even though the forecast looks unseasonably warm and the Assembly will have a bonfire started, the estimated 80 plungers will still have to defy the frigid waters of Lake Junaluska.

Walk-ins are welcome. The cost is $25 or free by raising sponsorships. All proceeds benefit Haywood Waterway's Kids in the Creek and youth education programs. Visit for details.

"This year is going to be another tremendous success thanks to the business sponsors, the generous community that we live in, and all the brave souls that signed up to plunge,” said Eric Romaniszyn, Haywood Waterways’ executive director.

Business sponsors include Keller Williams Professionals, Gahagan Black & Associates PLLC, Duke Energy, Balsam Spa, Town of Clyde, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Smoky Mountain News, The Mountaineer, RCF Construction, DJ “Master P”, Tech Strategies Consulting, Town of Waynesville, Rikki Tikki Tees, Haywood County Board of Realtors and Southard Nowak Communications.

Kids in the Creek is Haywood Waterways' premier education event. It is a hands-on learning experience about water, and includes opportunities for students to get in the river, flip over rocks and learn about the many creatures living in the Pigeon River. In the event’s 16 year history, Haywood Waterways has reached nearly 11,000 eighth-grade students. It is consistently one of the more memorable experiences students have from their final year of middle school, and is an important tool for teachers. As one teacher said, “Kids in the Creek does more to increase students' understanding of water and water quality than anything I could do in the classroom. It has been a valuable learning tool for many years and something the students and I look forward to every year.”

Haywood Waterways is a nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining and improving surface water quality in Haywood County.