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Record crowd swamps Brackett's Landing North for Polar Plunge


Last updated 1/9/2020 at 10:59am

Phillip Borchert

Phillip Borchert took this image of the beginning of the plunge into Brackett's Landing North in Edmonds.

What started with just a few adventurous Edmonds residents – fueled by Rainier beer and wrapped in white bathrobes – has now grown into a top regional event in south Snohomish County.

The New Year's Day tradition, officially the Edmonds Polar Bear Plunge, was created in Edmonds by Daphnes Bar owner Brian Taylor.

He was inspired by a 1930s photo hanging in the Main Street bar picturing the Edmonds Uplift Society, a drinking club formed during Prohibition.

For the first 10 years, the Edmonds Uplift Society sponsored the event, which begins at Daphnes and ends at the park.

In 2017, Taylor...

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