TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — As we head into the weekend on this Friday, here’s a look at some of the events and happenings you can plan for coming to the Wabash Valley this weekend.


The Polar Plunge will take place at Indiana State University. All of the money raised will benefit Special Olympics Indiana and their Summer Games.

Polar Plunge Chair John Lentz says in addition to leaping into cold water, there’s additional fun to be had.

“We’ll actually have a costume contest that goes along with the event,” Lentz said. “They’ll be all dressed up and having fun, it makes a quick dip for them and they’re out and running to the locker room to dry off.”

If you would like to take part, registration for the plunge runs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the ISU student recreation center. Bodies will begin hitting the water at noon. A “Plunger” must raise a minimum of $85 to participate. And WTWO’s Nicole Krasean will emcee the event.

Also on Saturday, the Black-Owned Business Expo will take place at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

That will be located in the main lobby of the hospital, running from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

It’s an opportunity to learn more about Terre Haute’s Black-owned businesses and a chance for networking.

Also on Saturday, the Wabash Valley Crew will host their second annual Rowing Challenge at the Vigo County YMCA. The program raises funds that will go towards the planned boathouse in Fairbanks Park.

WTWO’s Mike Tank will be taking part in the challenge as well as many other local celebrity guests.

Wabash Valley Crew president James Owen explains why the Crew wants to see this project come to fruition.

“We’ve got this beautiful asset (the Wabash River) we’re not using here,” Owen said. “So lets think outside the box and create a new opportunity in this community. We have all the assets, we’re just waiting for the boathouse and the curriculum to go along with that.”

The Rowing Challenge is open to the public to attend at no cost. Registration for rowers begins at 8 a.m. with the celebrity race starting at 9 a.m. and the corporate race beginning at 9:30 a.m.


United Campus Ministries will host Chili Fest at Central Presbyterian Church on N 7th Street in Terre Haute.

That will be held Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tickets cost $12.

Both dine-in and carryout are available. And a silent auction will take place as well. All proceeds support UCM’s mission.

This is not an exhaustive list of events and may be subject to change.