By: KDKA-TV News Staff

CONNELLSVILLE (KDKA) — And for the eighteenth year, Connellsville residents took the plunge into the Youghiogheny River.

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There were fewer participants than usual due to the weather and covid concerns.

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But organizers say they’re happy to keep the tradition going for a good cause.

“We restocked the community ministry’s food bank in Connellsville, which is the largest food bank in Fayette County,” said Frank Jacobyansky, a Polar Plunge organizer. ‘They depend on us, they’re a wonderful group of people and they make this community a much better

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Afterwards, participants got to warm up with a bonfire and some hot chocolate to celebrate the start of the new year.