Fairfield community members brave cold for annual Polar Plunge event
The Olympics weren't the only winter tradition that kicked off over the weekend.
Members of the Fairfield community bravely jumped into the Bonnifield Lake Saturday morning to support a good cause during the 10th annual Polar Plunge.
The morning sported freezing cold temperatures with some light blowing snow, and the ice on the lake was cut 15 inches deep to jump into.
But there was no stopping the participants as they plunged to raise money for the Fairfield Parks and Recreation Department and Foundation's tree restoration project.
"Our ash trees were hit by the emerald borer, so we're using the money to replant new trees," said Fairfield Parks and Recreation Department Director Derik Wulfekuhle. "This year we're going to make sure we diversify the tree plantings."
The event saw a hearty participation this year with around 20 participants.
Groups sign up by getting a team together and raising as much money as they can for the cause.
Most dress up in elaborate costumes as they make the plunge--this year saw a team dressed as 90's WWF wrestlers.
Prizes are awarded to the team with the best costumes and the top three fundraisers.
For more information on how to sign up for future Polar Plunge events, click here.