Spectators are welcome at the event and can watch from the pier or the shore in Clift Park near the gazebo.
The team that raises the most money every year is awarded the Polar Bear trophy. Last year’s winner, team “Brain Freeze,” was composed of teachers from Skaneateles High School. For more information on the Polar Bear Plunge visit skanpolarbear.com.
The Winterfest scavenger hunt will take place from Jan. 16 to 25. Participants will get a list of businesses where they will be able to find individual letters of the alphabet. They will then have to unscramble the letters to spell out a phrase.
Anyone interested in participating can pick up the rules and a list of locations at the Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce, the Law office of Thomas Seeley, Skaneateles Library, Sherwood Inn, Johnny Angel’s, Doug’s Fish Fry or the Skaneateles YMCA. A drawing of the teams to complete the hunt will be held on Jan. 30, prizes include an overnight stay and two water park passes for Hope Lake Lodge and Indoor Water Park, a Mid-Lakes Navigation prize, a family membership at the Skaneateles YMCA, a pedicure at Hairtique and an overnight stay at the HiltonGarden Inn in Auburn.
On Sunday, the Skaneateles YMCA will hold its first-ever Winterblast team relay race in the community center and around Austin Park. More information on that event can be found at http://auburnymca.org/skaneateles/.
An ice fishing derby planned for the weekend has been postponed due to weather.