Sheridan Jackalope Jump

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Sheridan High School senior, Jessie Jowett, takes the plunge for Special Olympics Wyoming.

Forty-some courageous souls plunged into the frigid waters of Lake DeSmet Saturday and crazy as it seems, it was all for a good cause. It was the fourth annual Jackalope Jump, a fund raiser for the Special Olympics Wyoming.

A deceptively sunny day, temps hovered near the mid-twenties with a slight breeze blowing and the water temperature was 31 degrees.  The hole made for the jump was made by cutting through 17 inches of ice.  Needless to say, it was cold and Carrie Pilcher, event coordinator, tells what it was all about.

It wasn’t all fun and games.  After taking that huge leap of faith, some jumpers came out of the water panicked, others with tears, and still others came out with a whoop and a holler, fists raised in the air. 

Jeannie Ellinger is a 3rd year veteran jumper and explains why she jumps.

It wasn’t all bad.  Jumpers were treated to snacks and hot beverages at the Lake Stop after taking the plunge.  There are eight Jackalope Jumps held throughout the state.