Photo by Bill Davis

Photo by Bill Davis

Photo by Bill Davis
Photo by Bill Davis

This is the coolest thing you can do all winter!

The Quemahoning Chillin’ for Charity Winter Festival & Arctic Splash will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Quemahoning Family Recreation Area.

This Winter Festival & Arctic Splah takes “Frozen” to a whole new level. This event is not just about challenging someone to take that icy leap, it’s also about raising awareness and financial support for non-profit organizations doing great things in our community.

From volunteer firefighters to providing nutritious meals to children in need over the weekends, to rescuing animals to providing free medical care to those in need, you are bound to find a charity you want to support. And all the funds are kept locally, and will directly impact the Cambria/Somerset Community.

By braving the freezing cold to support one or all of these great organizations, you will be warming the heart of someone in need.

Some Frequently Asked Questions:

What can I expect at this event?


From entertainment and food, to costume contests and bon fires, this family friendly winter event is sure to be something you will talk about for many years to come. The festivities begin at 9:00 am with live music and food throughout the day. Registration begins at 10:00 am and the Arctic Splash will begin at 2:00 pm. it is recommended that if you want to participate for a specific charity and with a certain team, you preregister on-line and begin your fundraising now.

Many die-hard participants make arrangements to bring their campers and stay the night before the event. If you have an interest in doing this, please follow this link to reserve your space. http://www.quefamilyrec.com/

Where do I park?

Splashers may park in the Que parking lot as space permits. You MUST be going in the water to park on-site. Everyone else must park at our off-site location at the North American Hoganas parking lot at 111 Hoganas Way, Hollsopple, PA. Shuttle buses will be provided by Mcllwain and will begin running from this location at 8:30 am until 2:30 pm when the event is officially over. These buses will run every 30 minutes or sooner depending on the need. Please follow the sign’s to the spectator parking. There will be NO spectator parking on site. All on-site parking is reserved for participants. Individuals with a handicap tag in their car should park in the on-site event parking lot and will be given a VIP pass to park closer to the event.

Who can participate in the Arctic Splash?

Anyone and everyone, young and old alike. If you are under the age of 18, you need a parent/guardian to sign your participation form. That’s it, it’s that simple.

Photo by B. Smith
Photo by B. Smith

How do I register to splash?

Go to the Charities page and read all about the amazing organizations that you can represent…then pick your charity and register. It’s that simple…and VERY much appreciated.

Can my friends register with me for my charity?

Yes, we encourage you to reach out to your friends, family and co-workers to take this icy leap of faith with you.

What do I do after I register?

After you register with your charity of choice, you will have the opportunity to reach out to family, friends and co-workers to ask for their support in sponsoring you to plunge into the icy water at the Que. Trust us when we say, people will pay good money to watch someone they know do something as daring and unusual as this.

What is the minimum donation required?

You need not pay anything to participate but must have a minimum of $50.00 in pledges to receive the participation incentives. Either way, you have the bragging rights that participation in this event affords you.

Photo by B. Smith
Photo by B. Smith

What about safety?

Local EMS is on-site during the entire event. Swift Water Rescue is standing by, in the water, from the time the first person steps foot in the water until the last hardy soul finds his/her way back out. Please consider your own physical condition as part of your health and safety plan.

What about the weather?

Jim Burton is one of our founding core committee members, and has weather forecasting in his blood, he can’t help but keep a close eye to the sky to ensure we have a safe and fun event. But then, he’s Canadian so the weather would have to be extreme to the max before he would NOT get in the water.

What do I wear?

Please dress in layers. This is a Winter Festival in Southwestern PA…it will be cold. There will be bon fires and warming areas for folks to take the chill off, and there will be heated changing tents for those who will be going in the water. We suggest that you wear your water clothing under your layers so you can just take off the first couple of layers, run to the water and then scamper back to the warming tent to change into dry clothing. SHOES must be worn by all participants at all times, even in the water.

Photo by B. Smith
Photo by B. Smith

Can I come as a spectator?

Spectators are welcome and encouraged, although we can’t understand why you would want to watch when you can be part of the zany fun of being in the water with the rest of us!

Can I donate but not plunge?

Absolutely! We encourage you to find and support the cause that is closest to your heart and support them in whatever way you can. As a grassroots effort, we understand and appreciate the value and impact that a dollar can have. They quickly add up to create major impact in any organization.