Frigid Ct. Penguin Plunge Jan. 30th

The annual bath of freaks known as the Penguin Plunge will return to Highland Lake in Winsted, Ct on Saturday, Jan. 30, at noon, with only the bravest folks coming out to jump in the icy water to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut.

The plunge has lured hundreds of “penguins” and thousands of spectators to the lake, with radio personalities from WZBG-FM hosting and announcing as a parade of costumed revelers makes its way to a giant hole in the lake, sawed out by the Winsted Fire Department.

If you haven’t jumped in before, you’re in for a rush. Ambulances are on hand to provide immediate care to anyone who has a medical problem — but they have never been required. Food is available, and there are heated tents at the event for changing before and after the plunge.

Representing the Winchester Board of Selectmen, newly elected Republican member Glenn Albanesius will be jumping into the lake this year. Dignitaries from other towns are also expected to attend. Penguins begin assembling at the lake at 10 a.m., with the plunge happening shortly after noon.

Special Olympics Connecticut hosts an array of events for special Olympians, and the Winsted Penguin Plunge has raised tens of thousands of dollars each year to support the program.

For more information on participating and raising money for the Penguin Plunge, visit



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