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Kowaliga Restaurant hosts the annual plunge with a special menu and a beach party

One of Lake Martin’s favorite events is will return for its sixth year on Saturday, Jan. 15 when the Lake Martin Young Professionals host the 2022 Lake Martin YP Polar Plunge at Kowaliga Restaurant. Presented by Lake Martin Dock Company, the event will benefit Lake Martin Resource Association.

Join the event as a participant and take the plunge into Lake Martin from the shores of Kowaliga Beach or watch the action from the shoreline or docks. Entry to the event is $30, which includes selections from Kowaliga Restaurant’s special Polar Plunge menu, live music, selfie station and costume and Dash for the Cash prize opportunities. Kowaliga’s bars will be up and running to serve your favorite beverages.

The Dash for the Cash is a sprint from the shoreline to a buoy beyond the docks and back and takes place immediately following the Plunge at noon.

The event supports the Lake Martin Resource Association mission of keeping Lake Martin clean, safe and prosperous.

Changing tents will be on-site, so those taking the Plunge can dry off and change clothes after the cold swim. Participants taking the Plunge should bring a pair of water shoes, as the beach is a little rocky.

Doors open and beverage service begins at 10 a.m. with food service at 11 a.m. The Plunge will take place at noon with the Dash for the Cash at 12:15 p.m. Live music will play from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the event will conclude at 4 p.m.

Lake Martin Dock Company is the presenting sponsor for this year’s event with generous support from venue sponsor Russell Lands, gold sponsor Russell Marine and silver sponsors Valley Bank and Tallapoosa County Commissioner Steve Robinson. Ballard Construction will sponsor the Dash for the Cash, and First Insurance will sponsor the costume contest with Zajac’s Auto Collision sponsoring the changing rooms.

Lake Martin YP is a program of the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce and aims to connect young residents of the Lake Martin area through a variety of activities and events, including the annual Polar Plunge and the summer concert series, Strand Sessions, in Strand Park in Alexander City. LMYP balances social activities with charitable and other events supported through voluntarism, local businesses and building leadership opportunities. Membership is $25 per year. Visit lakemartinyp.com for more information.