Special Olympics of Greater Memphis will have their 12th annual Polar Bear Plunge and Chili Cook Off Saturday, February 3rd. Raise some money, taste some awesome chili, and take the Polar Bear Plunge – if you dare. The 2018 Bluff City Fire and Ice & Chili Cook Off is an annual Memphis event that offers a fun unique experience that is open to the public and supports a worthy cause. Festivities are held at Mud Island River Park in Memphis Tennessee, located at 125 North Front Street in Memphis, Tennessee, adjacent to the Mississippi River.
Participants dress up in wacky costumes to compete for a chance to win The Golden Plunger Award that acknowledges costume originality, ingenuity, and just plain goofy appearance. The plunge itself takes place in the afternoon, and a registration and wavier form must be submitted by any brave soul that wants to do the water dunking and can be found on line at: https://specialolympicsmem.org/events/theplunge/ Plunger tips and policies are also available.
Preparations begin at 8:30 AM for the Chili Cook Off Teams to sign in and start cooking their best-effort chili concoctions. Actual events begin at 10:30 Saturday morning and ends with The Plunge at 2:30 PM, followed by the awards ceremony. As an attendee you can purchase a five-dollar chili bowl and be a chili cook-off judge. There are different chili divisions to taste and choose from including red chili and salsa types, and judging begins at 10:30 AM. It is one of the most entertaining chili competitions and voting for your favorite can be submitted until 2:30 in the afternoon.
Actual events begin at 10:30 Saturday morning February 3rd and ends with The Plunge at 2:30, followed by the awards ceremony. If you are not brave enough to participate, it’s still a great opportunity to see some Memphis sites, introduce you to Mud Island River Park, eat some various chili, and have a fun time cheering for your favorite plunger while supporting a well-deserved cause.