Story written by Torry Barnes

The Rexburg City Mayor gives a special invitation for BYU-Idaho students to attend the annual Snowfest this Saturday, Jan. 30. The event will start at 10 a.m. at Smith Park near the hospital.

“I challenge any BYU-I student to come, if they dare,” said Jerry Merrill, Rexburg City Mayor.

Merrill said the event will be filled with snowball fights, sledding, horse wagon rides and, most notably, a polar bear swim.

“The highlight event is the polar bear plunge, where you jump into an icy cold, man-made pond,” Merrill said.

Merrill said he will lead by example and be the first to jump into the cold water.

“I’m putting my poor old body where my mouth is,” Merrill said.

Merrill said he invites any brave BYU-I student to follow his example.

“I challenge any BYU-I student to come and partake in our plunge.” Merrill said

He said a hot tube will be provided so participants of the plunge can quickly warm up.

The event is free and open to the public, according to the Rexburg City website. The plunge event will begin at 1 p.m.