Weekend events beat cold temps with landmark excitement!

When it comes to winter, the word is “OUTDOORS”! January 3 was the epitome for the hardiness that exemplifies typical Northwoods residents and visitors.  There were two charitable fundraising events that took on the battle against cancer head on.

A new charity was the beneficiary of the plunge at Fibbers Restaurant and Resort on St. Germain Lake. The first-ever, “Tundra Plunge”, took place as 66 brave souls splashed into Big St. Germain Lake to raise money for the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.

The Foundation has been raising money for research as well as providing care at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinics. Since its inception 45 years ago, $16 million dollars has been raised to fight this demon disease.

In true Fibbers fashion, Rob and Kay Manthei sponsored the event that was deemed at “huge success” by the Lombardi foundation.

That same day, Bonnie’s Lakeside in Three Lakes, was the new location for the, "15th Annual Polar Plunge," that had a record breaking year. A stunning $50,500 in pledges was raised for the “Angel on My Shoulder” fund.

Angel on My Shoulder provides emotional and financial support locally for families affected by cancer. Each summer, children who have had to face the wreckage of cancer in their lives find support, understanding and fun with other children at camps held to help them deal with this disease.

Discover Wisconsin and Bonnie’s Lakeside joined WRJO in sponsoring, promoting and participating in the event that has raised more than $383,000 in the past 15 years. This year 101 plungers braved temperatures in the 20s and took the icy leap into Spirit Lake in front of approximately 1,200 spectators.

What can top these icy winter events? How about the kickoff to the 52nd AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby week? Starting Jan.9 through Jan. 11 vintage snowmobile racing featuring classic sleds from the 60s and 70s will compete in the Vintage World Championship. More than 1000 entries are expected to participate in this event that gets more popular every year.

Mods, stocks, juniors, women’s and more will compete in heats all three days, culminating Sunday, Jan. 11, in the Vintage World Championship Race at 3:00 PM. For more details about this weekend and events held throughout the 10-days, visit http://www.derbytrack.com/.

The whole Northwoods is buzzing about the great snowmobile conditions that are evolving. Badly needed cold temperatures have firmed up a lot of the dangerous wet areas and 12” ice is reported on some lakes. Before heading out, be sure to check the snowmobile websites and Facebook pages for up to date information on trail conditions or check with local businesses for the latest news.

Enjoy the frosty beauty that has adorned this area!

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