Courageous swimmers take ‘penguin plunge’ at Hampton Ponds in Westfield


WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Penguin Plunge is an annual bone chilling custom at Hampton Ponds state Park, the place hearty souls assist elevate cash for the Amelia Park Kids’s Museum.

Apparently you’re by no means too younger or too previous to make the leap. Chuck Kelly of Westfield and his seven-year-old granddaughter did themselves proud.

“I’m a board member, it pays off,” Kelly stated. “I’ve all the time needed to do that, however her father is simply too rooster to do it, so she went with me.”

Tully doesn’t have to inform his grandchildren, one was proper there with him together with the others who took the plunge. Occasion MC, 22News Meteorologist Adam Strzempko, knew simply how chilly it was for these Penguin Plungers.

“We’ve got temperatures proper now within the 20s, however in actual fact the winds are actually gusty, and that’s making it really feel like chilly wind chill of 5 levels,” Adam stated.

And there was State Senator John Velis of Westfield persevering with a protracted Penguin Plunge custom begun by his predecessor Don Humason, a plunge into the pond yearly throughout his lengthy profession on Beacon Hill. It’s an occasion western Massachusetts anticipates each February.


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