Greenbrier Polar Bear Members competed in the club’s yearly costume contest prior to plunging into the Greenbrier River last year. The 2019 event will also be held in the River City along with additional events in the years 2021 and 2023.

For the third year in a row, club members will raise funds for the Child and Youth Advocacy Center of Lewisburg by splashing down in the Greenbrier River instead of their old meeting site at Blue Bend in the Monongahela National Forest.

Due to the government shutdown, club officials could not file for the mandatory safety permits required to hold the event on federally owned land. Additionally, forest officials said a gravel ramp on the newly constructed foot bridge leading to the large stone beach where spectators gather was damaged during a recent flood.

“I believe there was a good chance the ramp could have been repaired, but now we have run out of time. We had already committed to hold the event in Ronceverte prior to the end of the shutdown. We begin planning for the event in late November. It’s important to keep a tight schedule when competing for fundraising dollars if you want longevity,” said Greenbrier…

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