- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2020

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) - Nearly 100 swimmers are expected to brave the icy waters of Lake Memphremagog in northern Vermont for the sixth annual winter swim festival.

The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday at the lake in Newport. Participants will swim 25-to-200-meter distances in a two-lane pool cut in the ice, the Caledonian Record reported.

Organizers said 93 swimmers have signed up and are coming from 17 states, two Canadian provinces and Ireland.

The event is hosted by Kingdom Games and The East Side Restaurant & Pub.

The number of swimmers has grown from 41 “pioneers” in 2015 to 85 last year and 93 this year.

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