Swimmers plan chilly start to new year

It will be an icy start to the 2014 as swimmers will participate in the annual Polar Bear Dip on Jan. 1 at noon.

It will be an icy start to the 2014 as swimmers will participate in the annual Polar Bear Dip on Jan. 1 at noon.

The swim is organized by the Summerland Kinsmen Club. This will be its 29th year.

John Dorn, a member of the Summerland Kinsmen Club, said T-shirts will be given to the participants.

Prizes will be given for the best individual costume and the best group costume at the event.

Members of the club will serve hot chocolate and hot dogs to participants and spectators. The food will be offered free of charge, but donations are appreciated.

Money raised from the event will go to local projects by the club.

Last year, around 150 people participated and around the same number were at the lake as spectators.

Long-range weather forecasts for Jan. 1 call for temperatures slightly below the freezing point.


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