It's time to take a Chilly Dip!
The 4th Annual Stallion Springs "Chilly" Dip is planned for Saturday, March 8, at the Stallion Springs Community Services District outdoor swimming pool.
Come rain, sun or snow, residents and visitors bravely face the elements to raise funds for park and recreation facility improvements. The first two years brought blue skies and sunshine, last year chilled us with clouds and snow.
Around four dozen people, on average, take the plunge into the pool while about 100 people stand at the fence and watch. This is Stallion's version of an old-fashioned Midwest "Polar Plunge." Although most Polar Plunges take place on Jan. 1, the Stallion Springs' version is permanently set for the second Saturday in March at 11:30 a.m.
The only requirements are that jumpers be clothed and able to swim. No skinny dipping allowed. Residents can get creative with the clothing requirement and come dressed in costumes, uniforms, wet suits, tee shirts, shorts, pajamas or swimming suits. We also have a costume contest to reward the most creative costumes in the bunch!
A pre-registration fee of ten dollars ($10) earns the right to jump, a current year tee shirt and a chili boat to celebrate the feat. Jumpers will also pay $10 when they sign up the day of the event and have their choice of a previous year's shirt. Spectators can purchase a tee shirt or chili boat on site. All proceeds benefit parks and recreation in Stallion.
The City of Tehachapi's own Michelle Vance jumped in, for the first time, last year and called the experience "Invigorating!"
Larry Barrett, Golden Hills Communicty Services District director, also joined the fun but jumped the gun by diving in before the official start.
The Stallion Springs' Chilly Dip has become a community tradition. Event coordinators are hoping to increase the participation and money raised. "Last year, kids under the age of 15, were the largest group to jump in the pool" said event coordinator Vanessa Stevens. "We always have a hard time getting them out of the water." This year, we're adding more surprises to the event. There will be prizes for the oldest jumper, youngest jumper, best costume and more. Everyone, throughout the Greater Tehachapi area, is invited to jump.
Chilly Dip event sponsorship and participation forms are available at the Stallion Springs CSD office, 27800 Stallion Springs Drive. Participants can register in advance or beginning at 10:45 a.m. the morning of the event. For more information contact the Stallion Springs CSD at 822-3268.