KALISPELL, Mont. -

Whitefish is preparing for the Winter Carnival and the Penguin Plunge for Special Olympics is expected to be well attended despite the cold.

Whitefish firefighters and other volunteers were out at Whitefish City Beach Friday, cutting a hole in the ice and preparing warming tents.

The annual event is a main fundraiser for Special Olympics Montana, organized by local law enforcement. Last year about 300 plungers raised over $70,000 for Special Olympics Montana and organizers tell us that more than 300 plungers have already pre-registered. Despite the recent cold temperatures even more are expected.

We learned 14 of those plungers will be from the Whitefish Police Department.

The plunge takes place at 11 a.m. at the City Beach and the Winter Carnival Grand Parade kicks off at 3 p.m.