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