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Twentieth Annual Polar Bear Plunge In Woods Bay

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WOODS BAY -

It is not as cold as it has been, so would you jump in Flathead Lake?

That is exactly what people are up to in Woods Bay for the annual Polar Bear Plunge at the Raven.

It is not cold, but it is not exactly balmy either.

"I'm getting a little hot in this bathrobe. I need to cool down," said Darrek Frost, one of the swimmers.

Despite the low temperatures, more than a hundred people came out for the twentieth annual Plunge.

"I'm not aware of anything special happening the rest of this year, but for this day this is a pretty special event," said Paul Rana, one of the event's coordinators.

Reasons behind the ice cold dip varied.

"I have to wait until the summer to see girls in their bikinis if I don't do it now," reasoned Frost.

Even though most could only stand the water for a few seconds, at least one, Frost, promised he could stay in longer.

"I will be in there until the last diver has left the water," said Frost.

It is only a short walk back from the shore to the Raven, open late, to keep swimmers warm.

"I'm probably gonna go have a lot of shots at the bar," said Frost.

"Do you think a lot of people would join you in that?"asked ABC Fox Montana's Parker Collins.

"I think they will. You want a shot after this?" Frost replied.

"I would love that," said Collins.

The Raven says they will keep the doors open on New Years as long as there are people to serve.

They are also lighting bonfires on the lower deck to help keep people warm.

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