The 2020 Polar Plunge was held on Saturday, February 1st at Lake Dardanelle State Park in Russellville. The Polar Plunge® is a fundraiser in which individuals and teams take the plunge into various bodies of water, typically cold water to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Arkansas. Those who participated were at least 12 years of age and raised a minimum of $50 per person. Each participant was welcome and encouraged to wear a creative costume and awards were given following the “Parade of Costumes.” Both individuals and local businesses participated in Saturday’s event and assisted in raising a total of $12,800, setting a record for the most raised at the Polar Plunge ever held at Lake Dardanelle State Park. This year’s judges for the Parade of Costumes were Russellville Mayor Richard Harris, Pope County Sheriff Shane Jones, RPD Captain David Ewing and Megan Ayres with Lake Dardanelle State Park. Best team costume was awarded to Imperial Vending for their ‘Smurfs’ costume and the team that raised the most money this year was Friendship Community Services. Both teams received a trophy at the end of the parade. Registration for the event began at 10:30 a.m. and the parade and awards to began at 11:30 a.m. The parade was then followed by the plunge at 12 p.m. Special Olympics Arkansas supports over 15,000 athletes across the state that compete and train year-round in 20 different Olympic-type sports. In addition to their 240 competitions throughout the state Special Olympics Arkansas offers programming in education and health and wellness. For more information about Special Olympics Arkansas, visit The attached photos and the following video were captured at the 2020 Polar Plunge.