POTTSTOWN PA – One couple wore “When Pigs Fly” bonnets (above). State Rep. Joe Ciresi arrived in a knitted jester’s cap. A man sported a nearly-indecent bathing suit that left little to the imagination. They, and hundreds of other costumed-or-not spectators and swimmers, showed up Wednesday morning (Jan. 1, 2020) at Pottstown’s Riverfront Park for a bracing New Year’s Day “Polar Bear Plunge” into the Schuylkill River.
Borough officials declared the event a rousing success, even though Mother Nature did her best to make plunge participants uncomfortable. Temperatures were in the mid-30s, but felt colder due to a steady breeze. Snow flurries began falling just before the water-bound run’s 10:30 a.m. start.
And the Schuylkill? Its bottom was covered with muck and occasional obstacles, and its water wasn’t much warmer than the air above its surface. Volunteer professional divers from several local companies were on hand to ensure safety.
Photos by Debbie Zlomek for The Post Publications