Temperatures are expected to rise to around the freezing mark this weekend, which will make participation in area events a bit more bearable when compared to the most recent weekend. However, some will choose to suffer the cold effects of an area waterway as part of one of this weekends events.
The annual Pickerel Fun Day is scheduled to be held Saturday. Event volunteer Zach Zagar described what takes place at this event when appearing Tuesday on the McDonald's Breakfast Club.
Zagar said the main attraction will once again be the Winter Plunge into Pickerel Lake near Schuh's Sportsman's Lodge north of the community. "You get to watch everyone jump in the water and run around; and, you know, where the water naturally opens up there you also get guys who take their snowmobiles across the open water, and there's always quite a few sinkers that you do see there too. It's quite enjoyable to watch."
The plunge gets underway at noon. Other activities scheduled for Saturday include a breakfast at a Pearson location during the morning, food and refreshments on site and raffle drawings.
Zagar said all proceeds for the event will go to the Pickerel-Pearson Lions Club to be used back in this portion of the listening area. "That's basically what all of this is for is the Lions club, which they do a lot of things for the community. A couple years ago there they put a helicopter pad in at Pickerel there at the fire department. So they do a lot of big things. At the ball diamond, they also did all the equipment there for the kids to play on the slides and the swings and everything, so they do a lot of great things."
Zagar says this event typically brings in several thousand people to participate and watch, and he is optimistic that with the recent snowfalls the crowd should be as big for this year.