Still time to take the Perilous Plunge; jump into Humboldt Bay, support the Discovery Museum

The Discovery Museum will hold its 13th annual Perilous Plunge fundraiser on Saturday.

"People come as teams or individuals and meet at the museum, then are led in a parade by the Marching Lumberjacks down F Street to the bay, where they jump in," said museum Executive Director Lynn Langdon. "Once they get out of the bay, they go to our VIP tent for a soak in the hot tub, lunch and a T-shirt."

Langdon said there will be a contest with both team and individual awards for the best jump, best costume, rookie of the year and plunge king and plunge queen.

The cost for the plunge is $150 for an individual or a team. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Walk-ups are welcome, as long as they have the $150, sign a liability form and are at least 18 years old, Langdon said.

"For those that don't want to take the plunge and get wet, we'll be having a Beach Party Friday night at the museum," Langdon said. "There will be a silent auction, appetizers and drinks."

The donations help keep the museum open, Langdon said, and the whole event is a community effort. The Coast Guard will be there as lifeguards, and kayakers will be on hand to catch any costumes that might float away.

"This is really a time to come and support the museum," Langdon said. "Kids love to see their parents, teachers and neighbors get wet, so we like to get as big a crowd as possible at the foot of F Street."

If you go:

What: Perilous Plunge

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: Redwood Discovery Museum, 501 Third St., Eureka

Cost: $150

What: Beach Party

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Discovery Museum, 501 Third St., Eureka

Cost: $40 for individuals, $70 for couples

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