New Years Polar Bear Plunge at Lake Wenatchee


The 24th annual Jim Sofie Memorial Polar Bear Plunge will take place New Year’s Day at 2pm in the South unit of Lake Wenatchee State Park. Following the verbal disclaimer about the change in blood pressure once you jump in and the impact that has on your system, the participants will start their jump at 2pm and witnesses are encouraged to cheer them on.  The EMTs will be present, just in case.

Following this cold dip, participants are invited to get a free bowl of chili at The Honeycomb Restaurant at Kahler Glen. The Honeycomb Restaurant will be open and ready to serve the guests from 2:15ish pm until well after 4pm.

January 1st is a free day at the park and no Discover Passes are required.  This event is sponsored by The Kahler Glen Community Association, The Lake Wenatchee Winter Recreation Association, The Honeycomb Restaurant and the Kahler Glen Athletic Club.  Donations are welcome and will be shared between the State Park and the Lake Wenatchee Winter Recreation Association in support of their winter recreation programs.

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Steve Hair
Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.