Iche Nippy Dip Day 2019

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Another great Dip Day, come and gone already.   The weather was ideal and the water was refreshing for this day of renewal for our connection with our soul-nourishing springs and aquifer.

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Wayne & Earl Kinard

The  faithful gathered round the headspring and, shortly after 10 am the dip began.  Earl Kinard, longest consecutive dipper, began the  ritual without realizing it back in the 30s, and was there today for his dip along with son Wayne of Amigos Dive Center fame, located about two miles east of the park.

The fame of Iche Nippy Day has reached Gainesville and beyond, bringing  TV Channel 20 to film the celebration, and interview live in the water OSFR board member Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson.

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Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life: once taken, it cannot be brought back-


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  1. It was a beautiful day for a “dip” at the ISSP Headsprings. Thank you for all that attended from the Friends of Ichetucknee Springs State Park. As President of this Community Support Organization (CSO) , I urge you to become involved and assist us in our activities throughout the year. I invite you to attend our Annual Potluck Election Board Meeting on Monday, January 14th at 5:30 at the ISSP Education Center at the South Entrance. Check out our Facebook page Ichetucknee Springs State Park/FISSP for additional information and activities.

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