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Polar Bear Plunge happening tomorrow


December 31, 2020

Sentinel File Photo

A photo from the 2001 Polar Bear Plunge, one of the first in Wrangell's two-decade tradition. Pictured are Don McConachie (left) and Clay Hammer (right). Photo by Bonnie Demerjian.

The year has come to a close, and a new one looms. Many are likely happy to see 2020 go, just as many are also likely eager to see what 2021 has to offer. In either case, this Friday afternoon offers a chance to celebrate in Wrangell fashion; with the annual Polar Bear Plunge. The event will take place at Shoemaker, at 1 p.m.

The plunge has been a local tradition for over 20 years now. It had humble beginnings, long ago in the year 2000. In an interview with the Sentinel, Clay Hammer said that he and his family were just spending time at home on New Year's Day, and he suddenly got the idea...

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