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(Mountain Home) – There was a large turn out for this year’s Arkansas Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge, held this past Saturday, February 25 at Henderson Park on Lake Norfork.

There were 58 plungers who braved the 45 degree water and windy conditions, as well as many spectators cheering them on. The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office Team, called the “Ozark Mountain Smokey Bears”, was the largest group of plungers to participate on Saturday.

Over $5,000 was raised, all of which goes to Special Olympics of Arkansas to help pay for the training and sporting events for their athletes. Representatives with the sheriff’s department say that, although the fundraising goal was not met, they do appreciative the community and public support for the event.

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