NYPA Press Release

NYPA and Mine Kill State Park Team Up for Free, Fun-Packed, Indoor/Outdoor Snowfest, February 8

For Immediate Release: 1/14/20

Contact:  Jessica Kirby | jessica.kirby@nypa.gov | (800) 724-0309

Sign Up Early for First-Ever Schoharie County Polar Plunge Benefiting
Special Olympics


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is teaming up with Mine Kill State Park for a free, day-long festival of indoor-outdoor winter fun featuring Schoharie County’s first-ever Polar Plunge on Feb. 8.


Registration for the Polar Plunge will take place at the Mine Kill State Park office at 9:30 a.m., followed by a pancake breakfast.  The Polar Plunge into the Schoharie Reservoir will begin at 11 a.m. from the Mine Kill State Park Boat Launch.  Participants of all ages are encouraged to seek sponsors to help raise money and pre-register at http://events.nyso.org/site/TR/Plunge/POLARPLUNGE?pg=entry&fr_id=1990.  The Polar Plunge event will benefit Special Olympics New York which works with and raises money for more than 68,000 athletes across upstate New York with roughly three seasons of local, regional and state competitions by providing everything for the athletes and their families free of cost.


Following the Pancake Breakfast and Polar Plunge, Mine Kill State Park will offer broom hockey, snowshoe races, sled bowling, ice skating and guided hikes to NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center where visitors can warm up and enjoy a range of indoor activities, including photo opportunities with the Ice Queen and Forest Protector (noon- 2 p.m.) and  music and storytelling with Story Laurie.  NYPA events will also feature a snow sculpture contest with prizes, dog sled rides, demonstrations on maple syrup and honey making, as well as exhibits, crafts and food by local organizations. These events will happen throughout the day between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.


The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center is housed in a restored 19th-century dairy barn and features a wide range of interactive exhibits on such subjects as Basics of Electricity, Uses of Electricity and operation of the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project.  The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitor Center is open daily, year-round, for guided tours from 10 a.m.- 5.p.m.


Mine Kill State Park is located at 161 Mine Kill Road in North Blenheim just down the road from the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center Complex at 1378 State Route 30 in North Blenheim, 16 miles south of Middleburgh and six miles north of Grand Gorge, about one hour from Albany.


Admission to the Visitor’s Center and events is always free. School groups, community organizations and coach operators are welcome. For further information and a complete calendar of events, please call 1-800-724-0309 or visit on the web at www.nypa.gov.


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