Brenda Dowdy, chairperson of the Special Olympics Polar Plunge, announced their annual Polar Plunge for Saturday, Feb. 1, with the promise of many festivities at the same time. Faulkner, Conway, Perry, Pope and Van Buren counties will participate in this special event for athletes with intellectual abilities. The goal is to provide the best programs possible for these athletes.

Registration at Woolly Hollow State Park will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the actual plunge will begin at 1 p.m. with each team or person plunging one at a time into the lake. There will be a dessert auction of all homemade goodies at noon. The Parade of Participants will take place at 12:30 p.m. There will also be a costume contest and awards will follow. Westside Elementary School won last year.

Schools, church groups, the Sheriff’s department, fire departments, SWN, Centerpoint Entergy and many individuals will participate. The cost is $50 per person to plunge, and entrants will receive a T-shirt. A "Chicken-out" T-shirt will be available for $10 for those who choose not to plunge. Participants can register online at or call 501-450-0395 for more information.