Polar Plunge

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January 31, 2015
At 39 degrees, the water in Lake Junaluska was the coldest it’s ever been for the Haywood Waterways Association’s Polar Plunge, but 120 brave swimmers were unfazed as they took to the water in costumes. Their daredevil feat raised $24,500 for the association’s youth programs, including Kids in the Creek. After braving the frigid water, participants gathered around a bonfire for an awards ceremony for best costume and top fund-raisers.

Photographs by Fred Alexander and Mark Scott