Takin’ the plunge: Deadlines near for Shiver events

Second Shiver Plunge planned; chili contest now open to amateurs and pros

by Joni Astrup
Associate editor
Shiver Elk River is back.
This community “chill-a-bration,” coordinated by the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce and in its second year, is set for Saturday, Feb. 25. Two key components will be the Shiver Plunge and a chili cook-off and

Jacklyn Christianson (at right) and Tabitha Johnson climbed out of the frigid waters of Lake Orono during the Elk River Area’s Chamber of Commerce’s first Shiver Elk River a year ago. Jumpers are being sought for the second event.

registration deadlines for both are coming up soon. Here’s more about those events, according to Debbi Rydberg, the chamber’s executive director.

Shiver Plunge: They’ll go jump in the lake
The central feature of Shiver Elk River is the Shiver Plunge, which showcases people jumping into a frigid Lake Orono to benefit charities. This fundraising opportunity was created by the chamber’s board of directors in 2011. Last year, the Plunge helped raise more than $11,000 for 12 different local nonprofits.
To raise money, jumpers pay a registration fee and collect donations for a nonprofit organization of their choice. All the rules, guidelines and details are available at www.shiverelkriver.com. Deadline to register for the Shiver Plunge is Feb. 17.

Chili contest: For pros and amateurs alike this year
The second annual Shiver Elk River Chili Cook-off will be hosted by the chamber on the shores of Lake Orono. Contestants will be set up inside a tent and will serve their own special recipes.
New for 2012 is the addition of an amateur division of competition. Amateur cooks must prepare their chili at the official Shiver Elk River Chili Cook-Off Kitchen to assure the public of safe food preparation. Professional chefs may prepare their recipes in their health-inspected food service establishment and bring their chili to the event site.
Amateur chili contestants do not cook for a living and do not represent a food service establishment. Professional chili contestants are professional cooks or represent a food service establishment. Registration

Lynn Gadach served chili last year for Broadway Bar. This year an amateur division is being added.

deadline is Feb. 17.
People’s Choice will determine the awards for both divisions and winners will be announced the day of the event.
Last year’s winning entry was prepared by the chefs at Mississippi Valley Bar and Grill inside the Holiday Inn in Otsego.
More details about the event can be found at www.shiverelkriver.com or by calling the chamber office at 763-441-3110.