Community Events

Birch Bay Waterslides Polar Bear Plunge

WHERE
Waterfront by the Birch Bay Chamber Visitor Information Center, 7900 Birch Bay Drive, Blaine
WHEN
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
TIME
9am registration; 10:30am Costume judging; Take the Plunge at Noon

Started in 1982 by local residents on a dare, this annual ritual draws hundreds of participants and onlookers each year and has become a destination spot for the the holiday. Participants come from as far away as Germany, Tokyo, Chicago, and British Columbia to plunge in to the bay’s chilly water.

There is no cost to take the plunge, but people who register receive an “I Took The Plunge” certificate and hot beverages. “I Took The Plunge” commemorative T-shirts are available for purchase at $20/each. Come join hundreds of people from all over the Pacific Northwest to be part of an annual tradition!

Participant’s range from children to senior adults. There are five costume judging categories with prizes for: 
- Most Years Plunging 
- Oldest Participant 
- Best Individual Costume 
- Best Group Costume 
- Farthest Traveled Participant 
(No awards are given for length of time in the water)

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