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Skan Winterfest: Care to take a swim?

As the time nears for this year's Winterfest -- a resurrection of the Snow Fest that was held in the 1970s -- Skaneateles Sunrise Rotarian Tom Seeley is putting on finishing touches and preparing for the ever-growing event.

According to Seeley, January is always a scramble to get everything ready for Winterfest because merchants and local residents tend to have their hands full with the holidays and Dickens Christmas in November and December. This leaves January for all the planning and execution of those plans within a four-week period before the big day, which is always the last Saturday of the month.

"We'll have a lot of different activities," Seeley said to the Skaneateles Village Board Monday evening.

While there are several events planned for throughout the day, Seeley said there are two things Rotary is not planning this year -- a 5K run or carriage rides.

Currently, activities that are scheduled include the Taste of Skaneateles, dog sledding, two ice sculpture demonstrations, a chili cook-off, snow sculptures, tons of events for kids at State Street School and the Polar Bear Plunge, a new event this year.

Seeley said the plunge is going to take place at 12:30 p.m. Saturday Jan. 30 at the Clift Park swimming area on West Genesee Street in the village. As a fundraiser, the money raised and donated by participants will be given to the Skaneateles Education Foundation, SAVES and the Skaneateles Fire Department. Seeley also anticipates a small portion of the funds to make its way to Sunrise Rotary.

If you're willing to take a dip, 10 seconds in the lake will cost you $50, Seeley said.

Even with a plethora of activities to partake in within the village during Winterfest, Trustee Sue Jones said the Polar Bear Plunge is going to attract people downtown.

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