UPDATE: Jackalope Jump Postponed

Carrie Pilcher, left, and Deputy Boot Hill invite everyone to the Jackalope Jump. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)
Carrie Pilcher, left, and Deputy Boot Hill invite everyone to the Jackalope Jump. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)

UPDATE: Feb. 28 -- The Jackalope Jump has been postponed to March 15, due to what organizers called dangerous weather conditions.

ORIGINAL STORY: The jackalope jumpers are taking the plunge this weekend. News Director Leslie Stratmoen has the details.

This Saturday is the local Jackalope Jump for Special Olympics, which means it's your chance to plunge into freezing cold water to raise money for athletes to compete in events across the state.

Carrie Pilcher and Boot Hill stopped by the station to tell me all about the jump that happens at Lake DeSmet, which is between Sheridan and Buffalo. She's the program coordinator for the local Special Olympics organization and he's a deputy with the Sheridan Sheriff's office.

They assured me there's no special training needed to take the plunge, but they did have some helpful hints for anyone crazy enough to answer the challenge, in particular, about what to wear.

They said registration is from noon to 1, with the jump commencing soon after. The hole will already be cut, they said, and ready to go and an emergency medical team will be on hand in case they're needed. But, for all those who brave the cold water and emerge chilled by the experience, the two organizers said they'll be warmed up, immediately, with a hot cup of coffee and a bowl of chili.

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