‘Turkeys’ take plunge for Cullman libraries

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“Turkeys” gathered Saturday morning at Smith Lake Park to raise funds for Cullman’s public libraries. (Courtesy of Renee Welsh)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Around 20 brave “turkeys” took a chilly dip in Smith Lake Saturday for The Friends of the Public Libraries of Cullman County’s (FPLCC’s) inaugural Freezin’ for a Reason Turkey Plunge. The event raised money for area libraries.

FPLCC board member Renee Welsh described Saturday as a “glorious day!”

With the outside temperature a cool 65 at the time of the Turkey Plunge, the water was recorded at 72 degrees. Those taking the plunge could wade in just a bit or go all in. There were no rules other than to have fun.

Each participant was given a commemorative medal with a mask-wearing turkey, appropriate for 2020. Each person was also entered into a raffle for prizes and gift certificates. Also on hand was the Trimble Volunteer Fire Department, ready in case anybody were to need assistance.

Added Welsh, “Thank you to the Trimble fire department for coming out and supporting the event. We gave them a gift certificate so they could get lunch that afternoon.”

Welsh said she was happy with the turnout.

“We didn’t expect a huge crowd and we are happy with the number that did participate,” she said. “We learned some things and we hope to bring this back and make it a fun yearly event.”

Learn more about the FPLCC at www.facebook.com/fotplocc.

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Christy Perry

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