Once a year for the past 19 years, when the frigid waters of the Chesapeake are at their coldest, a unique breed of creature migrates to the Maryland shore to engage in a strange and glorious ritual. They are called Plungers, their event is PlungeFest and it’s a Maryland tradition. Raising awareness and charitable donations for Special Olympics Maryland, these unique creatures dive into the icy bay and celebrate the occasion the only way they know how—by freezing their buns off.
These masculine members of the Plungeotica family display a thirst for adventure and use their ample musculature to ward off any chill from the frigid bay waters. If you’re lucky, you may see them engage in extreme feats of aquabatics followed by shouts, cheers and muscle poses.
These lovely specimens shed their outer layers to nearly completely expose their epidermis. Members of this classification are nearly always spotted in groups of three or more and make an ear-piercingly high shrieking sound upon their icy entry.
Well-suited for the Arctic-like winter temperatures of the Chesapeake, this group of Plungers displays above-average buoyancy... and flamboyancy. Always ready to use “party” as a verb, they are known to perfectly accessorize with accents that highlight their generous assets.
This small subgroup remembers when Maryland’s favorite spice was called “New Bay.” Timeless and stable, similar to a glacier, these Plungers exhibit extreme calm under the cold conditions. Pay heed to any advice given by these sage swimmers.
Hearty and brave, these Plungers are easily identified by their exuberant personality and multi-colored plumage. These modern heroes of the harbor show no fear when faced with impending icy immersion.
These accomplished Plungers come in all shapes and sizes but have one thing in common: the determined look of a champion in their eyes. They can be easily recognized by their ever-present smiles, positive attitudes and glinting medals around their chests.
A shiny badge is an easy way to identify one of these Plungers, but it’s steely-eyed resolve and hearts of gold that are the true hallmarks of this group. These coolest of characters are the origin of every species of Plunger.
Easily spotted by the similarity of looks, mannerisms and laughter at each other’s discomfort, a Plunger family team warms the heart, if not the body. After all, the family that plunges together—well, does just that.
Ever vigilant of the frigid bay waters, this type of Plunger takes things one very small step at a time. While these little dippers may not go too far below the chilly Chesapeake water, their PlungeFest spirit is above question.
We invite you to discover the abundance of life in the Chesapeake Bay in person at PlungeFest 2015. Expeditions are sure to illuminate and inspire you, and perhaps even convert you into your own unique species of Plunger. So, come join us for this Maryland tradition of supporting a special cause in a special way.