By Patricia Hall, FairfaxFamilyFun.com
What will it be: “Brrr!” or “brave?” If you love a dare and want to do something a bit wacky for a good cause, the Northern Virginia Polar Plunge Festival has a challenge for you: jump into the freezing waters of the Potomac River on a winter day, and help raise money for Special Olympics!
The annual Northern Virginia Polar Plunge, this year on Saturday, February 22, 2020, is one of several Polar Plunges that raise money for Special Olympics Virginia. Participants take a quick dip into the cold (and sometimes icy!) waters of the Potomac, raising funds for the charity by collecting pledges from family and friends. The Prince William Polar Plunger, previously held at Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant, moves to a new location this year: Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.
The fundraiser aims to give participants to do something a bit wild, with a lot of fu, and all for a good cause. The minimum donation per participant is $100. Fun outfits are encouraged (closed-toe shoes are required), and there is a costume contest before the plunge. As with other “polar plunges,” this is a safe event where participants jump in a designated area, with rescue personnel at the scene in case of an emergency.
For plungers and spectators alike, there will be food trucks, grills for barbecuing, picnic tables, and limited heated seating tents. Parking is free for cars with a plunger and $7 cash for spectators. See details on the official website.
What: Northern Virginia Polar Plunge Winter Fest
When: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Where: Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K Ludwig Dr, Woodbridge, VA 22191
Time: 10 am to 3 pm (registration, activities, polar plunge). Costume contest begins at 1:15 pm, with the plunges taking place afterward
Rain or Shine event (will be rescheduled in the case of a storm)
Also see our full list of other upcoming “polar plunges” in our area!