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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.


Dustin’s mother, Kim Zuelsdorf explains, “This year is the 15th Dip for Dozer. Crazy, we didn’t even know if there would be a second one when we started it. It’s great to see many of Dustin’s friends take on responsibility for coordinating the Dip and associated activities. “

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Emma Siewert, producer/director of The Perfect Season documentary about the Dip, is entering into more film festivals this year.

Turkey Bowling & more!

Kim continues, “We’ll have the usual activities on the ice, including turkey bowling, raffles and ice sculpting by Jim Murray.  Plus Troop 7041 Cambridge Scouts will serve hot beverages and sandwiches. ”

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Little D Fisheree

The Bait Shanty is hosting the Little D Fisheree on Saturday, Feb 8. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Dozer 52 Football Scholarship in memory of the Bait Shanty’s owners’ nephew, David.

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Davante Adams Signed Football prize!

Our major raffle item is an autographed Davante Adams (Green Bay Packers #17) football. Tickets will be available Friday and Saturday of the Dip at Utica Bar, Rockdale Bar & Grill, and at the lake. He’s had a great season and we are lucky to have this item. “

Other activities:

Pre-Dip meat raffle at Sports Page next Sunday, January 26, at noon.

Community Cafe hosted by Dip for Dozer Committee, February 6.

Dip registration at Lake Ripley Lanes on Friday, February 7 from 6-8 pm.

Post-Dip raffles, music by Retro Bus, food and more at Rockdale Bar & Grill following the Dip.

Breakfast with music by The Rotation on Sunday, February 9 at 10 am.

Make a Team & Sign up!

Dip for Dozer Registration information 2020