Dip for Dozer into Lake Ripley!

Splashing into Lake Ripley is normally a summertime activity except for the second weekend in February which means it’s the annual Dip for Dozer plunge! Hundreds gather at Lake Ripley Park to honor a young athlete who was lost so very young.  Number 52 Dustin “Dozer” Zuelsdorf was a talented high school football star and leader.  Each year, his family, friends and community honor his memory with this annual fundraiser which benefits the Dozer 52 Football Scholarship fund. Thanks to the Dip, $183,000 has been awarded to 74 CHS students in the last 17 years.

Man jumping into the icy waters of Lake Ripley at the Dip for Dozer


Dustin’s mother, Kim Zuelsdorf explains, “This year is the 17th Dip for Dozer. Last year’s virtual event featured some very creative “dip” videos. Dippers had a lot of fun with their interpretation of dipping, from cookies in hot chocolate to making snow angels. The Dip is in person this year but we encourage dippers to send us a video if they won’t be able to take the plunge.


Emma Siewert, producer/director of The Perfect Season documentary about the Dip, garnered several awards, including: Best Documentary 2020 Wildwood Film Festival, Audience Choice Award 2020 Green Bay Film Festival, Official Selection 2019 Wisconsin Film Festival. Watch the full documentary here:


Turkey Bowling & more!

Kim continues, “We’ll have the usual activities on the ice, including turkey bowling, raffles and ice sculpting by Jim Murray. Cambridge Farm to School will serve hot beverages and chili.

Person dressed up as Burt at the Dip for Dozer, photo by Kevin Korth

Dip AND Tip!

The Bait Shanty is hosting the Lil’D Fisheree on Saturday, Feb 12, from 7 am to 4 pm. A huge selection of baskets from area businesses will be raffled, including a chance to win heated seats or a remote start for your vehicle, courtesy of Top Coverage. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Dozer 52 Football Scholarship in memory of the Bait Shanty’s owners’ nephew, David, to honor his passion for football.

Lil D Fisheree form

Ice fisherman with frozen fish at Dip for Dozer

Other activities:

Dip registration at Lake Ripley Lanes on Friday, February 11 from 6-8 pm, followed by live music from Driftless.

Post-Dip raffles, food and awards at 5 pm at Lake Ripley Lanes with live music from The Rotation beginning at 5:30 pm.

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    Full of charm and natural beauty with wonderful outdoor adventures, fire-fueled outdoor events, quaint specialty shops, cozy coffee shops, art studios and antique shops. These are just of few of the experiences that made Cambridge…
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    Nestled within the Town of Oakland is Lake Ripley - a natural, glacial kettle lake that was formed over 12,000 years ago!

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