Kennebec Journal: Steam billowing from the soft-sided pool competed with smoke rising from an open fire just outside the wooden gates of Old Fort Western.

It was the perfect day for a Polar Bear Plunge that would benefit summer swimmers and picnickers at Bicentennial Nature Park (in Augusta, Maine).

The polar dip was one of the more unusual events Saturday at the Riverfront Holiday Tree Lighting Tradition. The standard events took place as well, including the arrival of Santa Claus on an Augusta Fire Department ladder truck, horse-drawn wagon rides, entertainment, fireworks and crafts as well as a look back at earlier Christmas celebrations at Old Fort Western, accompanied by a booming cannon.

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