New Year’s Day Pelican Plunge returning to Hunting Island
While we have it a bit warmer here than the folks who host the annual Polar Bear Plunges in Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh and Buffalo….our Pelican Plunge still puts us in some cold water, with water temperatures hovering in the mid-60s at that time of year.
Organized by the fine folks at Friends of Hunting Island State Park, participants will be able to enjoy hot drinks and lunch, a steel drum band, s’mores and lots more. Plungers can warm up by chimenea fires on the beach and everyone can have fun the costume parade, which has gotten more outrageous every year.
Past years have seen hundreds and hundreds of costumed Plungers and many more spectators cheering them on. (and we’ve been among them)
Hunting Island Beach is still partially closed after Irma came through in September and messed up all the work that was done to restore the park and beaches after Matthew made his presence known in October of last year. South Beach, the roads and parking areas remain closed to traffic.
“In order to host a crowd of this size at the annual event, with limited parking available, we’ve changed things up a bit for registration,” said Carol Corbin, spokeswoman for FOHI.
“This year, we’re charging by the car and are encouraging participants to carpool if at all possible,”
The registration cost is $30 per vehicle with up to 6 passengers (plungers) inside and $50 for a vehicle with up to 10 participants inside.
“This allows us to host the maximum number of participants while still being capable of providing ample parking for everyone,” Corbin added.
Registration opens this week. You can sign up for the Pelican Plunge by visiting http://www.friendsofhuntingisland.org/
Proceeds benefit Hunting Island State Park’s Discover Carolina program, a hands-on, curriculum-based instruction program for 3rd, 5th, and 7th grade students in Beaufort County schools. Participating students visit Hunting Island to learn about the ecology of a semi-tropical barrier island. More than 3,000 3rd, 5th, and 7th graders have participated in this unique educational program.