Jackalope Jump Raises $5,700-Plus

A Jackalope Jumper takes the plunge Saturday. (Photo by Pat Blair)

More than 20 people plunged into nearly freezing water Saturday afternoon to raise money for Special Olympics of Wyoming.

Held in the parking lot of the Goose Valley Fire Department, the Jackalope Jump raised more than $5,700. Boot Hill, who's a Sheridan County deputy sheriff and an organizer of the event, said this was about the 10th or 11th year for the jump. He said there was good attendance and participation for this year's event.

He said the temperature of the water, contained in a tank labeled “Freezin' for a Reason,” was checked just before the start of the event.

Hill was one of those taking the plunge. He said this will be the ninth or tenth year he's done so, adding he won't ask anyone to do something he won't do.

As well as raising money, Hill said the goal was to raise awareness of Special Olympics of Wyoming in Sheridan. He said the funds raised by the jump are used to help offset the costs of training and travel for the Special Olympics athletes to local and state Olympics events.

Those who attended the jump just to watch could buy “Too Chicken to Jump” t-shirts for $20 at the registration table.

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The sign on the tank of 38-degree water said it all. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Deputy Boot Hill, left, an organizer of the event, visits with an attendee. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Another jumper prepares to take the plunge. (Photo by Pat Blair)