Floyd Countians will demonstrate an ultimate act of bravery for a good cause on New Year’s Day.
The waters of Rolater Park pool will ripple from a gigantic splash caused by dozens who dare to participate in the Cave Spring Polar Plunge on Jan. 1.
The purpose of the event is to raise funds for the purchase and restoration of the Cherokee Log Cabin, said Winnie Morrow of the Cave Spring Historical Society, which is sponsoring the chilly event.
The cost to jump in the spring-fed pool, which is chilly even during the hottest days of summer, is $25 and online registration will continue until Dec. 29.
Registration applications can be found online at cavespringhistoricalsociety.com, and on-site registration begins at 10:30 a.m., a half hour before the big jump. Afterward, jumpers and their sponsors will enjoy a hot, traditional New Year’s lunch in the historic Hearn Academy building on the grounds of Rolater Park. There will also be a toasty bonfire.
“We’ll blow the whistle and everybody will jump in,” said Morrow. “All the money goes to the Cabin and the fee includes a T-shirt and a traditional lunch with black eyed peas, greens, cornbread, ham and other food.”
She said plungers and onlookers may purchase a towel bearing the Polar Plunge logo for $15.
She said she hoped many would flock to the frigid waters to support the good cause and would enjoy seeing the town’s more than 85 structures that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Historical Society encourages tourists to bring jugs to fill up with the pure spring water flowing out of the Cave, stay at one of the local bed and breakfasts and shop at the quaint and upscale antique shops.
“We have a lot of people interested and a lot of people who say they’re going to jump,” Morrow said. “It’ll be fun, there’s nothing else like this that I know of in the area.”
She said those interested must call her or Mike Ragland as soon as possible to reserve a T-shirt. Morrow can be reached at 706-777-8542 or at email@example.com. Ragland can be reached at 706-777-3299 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.