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Chatfield Chill Fest Lives Up to Its Name

Posted at: 01/25/2014 9:40 PM
Updated at: 01/25/2014 10:47 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

Locals brave cold temps in Chatfield's Chill Fest
Locals brave cold temps in Chatfield's Chill Fest

(ABC 6 News) -- Another group spent the day having fun outdoors, for Chatfield’s annual Chill Fest event. Where today's temps certainly lived up to its name.

It was an entire day spent enjoying the outdoors, even if it took some shivering to do it.

"I’m very cold,” said Jenny Bradt with Bluff Country Hiking Club.

Snow shoeing by candle light was just one activity Chatfield’s annual Chill Fest had to offer, "A nice way to enjoy the outdoors when it's too cold to just sit in a lawn chair,” said Bradt.

Staying active is how many took on the cold Saturday.

"I was having second thoughts, is thought I was crazy because the wind was terrible,” said Paige Isensee, who participated in the polar plunge. Plungers like Paige and Luke Isensee say if you're going to jump into frigid water, it might as well be for a good cause.

"I was only expecting to get like $300, and before I know it, it was a thousand dollars,” said Isensee. Every team raised donations to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

"It’s eight degrees we got 26 mile an hour winds and we still had people show up and do this so that shows a lot for these people,” said Dean Irish, Chatfield Fire Department.

A dip in the hot tub was exactly what these plungers needed, but that's not the only way people warmed up Saturday. You just can't have Chill Fest without a little bit of chilly.

After all, a celebration of all things cold is what chill fest is all about.

"When you have six months of winter, you got to find a way to enjoy a little bit of it,” said Bradt.