Locals take the plunge at Codorus State Park
With dense fog and above average temperatures, Saturday morning at Codorus State Park sure didn't feel like a typical January day.
For about 100 people there, it was much colder.
On Saturday, the park was host to the Eagle Plunge, where attendees could take a dip in the frigid water, all for a good cause.
"It was really cold!" John Boldizar, of Windsor Township, said about the water after his plunge.
Taking the plunge: The event, along with many other attractions, were part of the park's second annual Winterfest.
Boldizar took a dip in the water with nearly 30 other employees from Columbia Gas.
In a crowd of somewhat normally clothed individuals, he stuck out.
Shirtless, wearing a green inner tube and colorful water wings, accompanied by goggles and a snorkle, Boldizar was hard to miss.
He said he has been doing plunges like this for about nine years, usually in the same attire.
"It's nice to know what you're wearing," he said.
With all that experience, Boldizar is no stranger to the cold water.
"It's like a whole other world," he called it.
He credited his flotation device for preventing him from fully submerging in the near-freezing water.
While Boldizar didn't fully submerged, others took a more daring approach.
Jeff McMaster, of Hanover, went all in during his plunge.
"If you're gonna do it, you're gonna do it right," he said.
McMaster was one of nearly 20 members of Hanover's VFW Post 256 who went into the water during the day.
"It's not too bad," he said.
New Oxford resident Luke McFalls, who plunged with his uncle and cousin, used a similar method.
"It was all one shock," he said.
Winterfest: In addition to participating in the plunge, those at Winterfest were treated to chainsaw carving, food and raffles.
This year was the second year for the event, according to Winterfest chair Larry Albright.
Albright said all money raised from the it goes back into the park. It cost $35 per person to join in the plunge.
He said last year there were about 2,000 people who showed up, and by Saturday afternoon, he said things were looking similar to last year.
"I'm hoping for more," he said.
Boldizar said his group's involvement was to find a way to give back.
"It's a whole lot more fun than taking a collection," he said.
McFalls said his grandfather was once a ranger at the park. He said that his grandfather passed away, and his family felt that the plunge was a good way to give back to something that he was involved in.
"I plan on coming back next year," he said.
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