The 19th Annual Deep Creek Dunk is this weekend! One of Deep Creek’s biggest events, hundreds of people gather around the icy waters for an afternoon of freezing fun.

Sponsored by the Maryland State Police and Natural Resources Police, the dunk is part of a two-event series, all raising money for the Maryland Special Olympics. The MSP Polar Bear Plunge takes place every January in the Chesapeake Bay, and the MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk is every February right here at Deep Creek Lake. In the last 18 years, the Deep Creek Dunk alone has raised more than $2M for the Maryland Special Olympics. This money not only helps fund training facilities and equipment for disabled adults and children, but it also allows extra funds to help the teams travel to other Special Olympics events.

To participate in the dunk, you can either pay the registration fee or fundraise the money to cover your entry. You can also do a combination of both, as there are several incentive prizes for raising more money! You can also donate without signing up to participate in the actual dunk part of the event.

Dunk weekend usually stretches from Friday – Sunday throughout the area, with multiple events. Friday night kicks off at The Honi-Honi Bar with their annual Goosebumps & Grapes event. Sample wine and craft beer while enjoying live music! Saturday is the big day, with Dunk festivities starting behind Uno’s & The Honi-Honi around noon, and carrying on throughout the afternoon and evening. Dunkers start splashing in around 2 pm and will continue in waves until all have dunked! If you’re not up for dunking, it’s a super fun event to attend. It’s actually very common for dunkers to dress up in full costume, come in their bathing suits, or fully bundled up; trust us, you’ll see it all! Keep the day going with the post-dunk bash at Black Bear Tavern, with all door proceeds benefitting the Maryland Special Olympics.

While there is plenty to do for the adults, the Dunk is a family friendly event! It’s a super unique experience and it could easily become a family tradition. If you haven’t been to a dunk yet, we definitely recommend checking it out, even if you prefer the comfort of dry land.

Please Support the Deep Creek Lodging Company’s Deep Creek Lake Dunk Team!

We will be participating in the dunk this weekend and are asking for donations or if anyone is interested in braving the cold water and taking the plunge with us. All the money raised will benefit Special Olympics Maryland and each year has been graciously hosted by the Maryland State Police and Natural Resources Police. This wonderful cause that Deep Creek Lake has been proud host for 19 years assists adults and children who have intellectual disabilities.

Please be part of the fun to make someone’s life a little easier! For additional information, please visit our team website. We still have homes available for this weekend, call our office at 301-387-7777 or email us and we’ll set you up with your perfect rental match!

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