Locals braved the frigid waters behind the Dirty Turtle bar in New Lisbon Jan. 1. The 23rd annual Turtle Dunk had 29 volunteers in total, with 26 making the jump.
Some volunteers made a performance of their jump by going in costume. One jumper in particular back flipped into the water wearing a Wonder Woman costume.
“It’s all to raise money for the Friends and Family Cancer Foundation, they’re 100 percent nonprofit,” said First Weber Realtor Angela Locken. Locken’s parents also own the Dirty Turtle. “First Weber Foundation matches our funds up to $3,500, which is awesome.”
The event went from 11 am to 4 pm and in addition to the jump, included a silent raffle, chili cook off, and bingo. “The chili cook off is afterwards, to warm up,” Locken said.
The ice, which was cut by the Lyndon Station Fire Department to make an opening in the water, was estimated to be 12-14 inches thick. The blocks were hauled out onto the shore.
Locken anticipates the amount raised will be around $9,000, exceeding last year’s total. “I am so thrilled,” Locken said.
The tenth annual Dirty Turtle set the record, with 52 volunteers and a total of $25,000 raised.
The Turtle Dunk started as a dare between Locken and friends on New Year’s Eve. “The first year was four of us who jumped,” Locken said. “We thought, we might as well do it for a good cause.”
Locken said she was pleased with the event and grateful for all the help. “We just had so much help, and we love that we’re doing it with the Friends and Family Cancer Foundation,” Locken said. “100 percent goes to help people. And it’s local people, they do Sauk, Juneau and Adams (counties).”
Locken said there is no doubt next year will see the 24th annual Turtle Dunk.