Local families take polar plunge at Paducah riverfront

PADUCAH, KY — From Coney Island in New York to Waukegan, Illinois, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, people across the country got 2018 off to a teeth-chattering start by taking polar plunges into wintry bodies of water. Two local families kept their own polar plunge tradition alive today in the Ohio River.

To celebrate the new year, the Arterburn and Cunningham families ran into the frigid water of the Ohio River along Paducah’s riverfront Monday morning. One family member told Local 6 the two families — both from McCracken County — started the tradition in 2007. He said if the kids get in the water, they’re treated to doughnuts from Red’s.

We’re, of course, not encouraging you do this, as the air temperature and water temperature has the potential to do harm.

But, it’s an interesting tradition that has us feeling cold just thinking about it.

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