30th annual Olalla Polar Bear Jump is Jan. 1

OLALLA — Hundreds of people — of all ages — will plunge Jan. 1 off the bridge into the chilly waters of Olalla Bay during the 30th Polar Bear Jump.

Hundreds of people are expected to turnout for the New Year’s Day tradition. The firing of a ceremonial cannon, floating on a barge, will kickoff this year’s plunge for the “polar bears.”

The celebration began in 1984 with a dozen jumpers and two dogs. But since then, the event has grown and attracts hundreds of people of throughout the United States.

While many of the plungers will wear swimsuits, others will don a variety of costumes and other clothing.

The Olalla Community Club will have a booth offering refreshments and certificates for jumpers, along with a bonfire.

The event is held at the Olalla Bridge across from Al’s Grocery located at 13965 Cresent Valley Road SE.


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