Cape Gazette

Too chicken to take the February plunge?

Village Improvement Association offers alternative
Sep 15, 2013
Photo by: Ron MacArthur A group of about 200 prepares to plunge into the Atlantic Ocean during the second annual Chicken Plunge.

With everything poultry as a theme,  the Rehoboth Beach Village Improvement Association on Sept. 7 had its second annual Chicken Plunge. It's billed as an alternative to those who prefer a warmer plunge in the Atlantic Ocean than the traditional Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics in February.

Proceeds from the event go to the VIA's capital campaign to renovate the organization's clubhouse, and the Rehoboth Beach Patrol. The VIA has been active in Rehoboth Beach since 1909.

The oldest person taking a brief dip was 94-year-old VIA member Amie Sloane, while the youngest was 11-week-old Dalton Zmuda of Lewes.

Louise Enright, aka The Hot Dog Lady, helps out the VIA as a volunteer. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Anna Lopez is delighted that she is able to grab a net full of rubber chickens. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Dalton Zmuda, 11 weeks old, with father Patrick and Amie Sloane, 94, are the youngest and oldest to take the plunge. Sloane is a VIA member. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Cape Henlopen High School senior Brie Minka paints chickens on youngster's faces. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The Chicken Head Men are ready for the second annual VIA Chicken Plunge. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The youngest plunger, Dalton Zmuda, is not happy that the water is cold. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
With a little help from her friends, VIA member Amie Sloane comes out the water after a brief dip. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
VIA member Kathy Osterholm's chicken costume is one that's best not to get wet. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
"We did it." Although it's a little easier jumping into the ocean in September than it is in February. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Members of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol are on hand to keep an eye on the event. Part of the proceeds from the Chicken Plunge go to the lifeguards. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Jack Vassalotti, who rarely misses any event in Rehoboth Beach, emerges from the water. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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