Mitch Glidden came up with the idea several years ago, andn the event is now in it's 11th year. The event is held to raise awareness and funds for the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway, which is a stretch of Highway 2 between Grand Island and Alliance.
"We've got one guy that comes from overseas to do this," Glidden said. "We have people from Nebraska, Colorado. It's kind of a unique event," Glidden said. About half of the teams in the event just want to float down the river. But the other half are there to race and try to win. "Alot of people just come here to enjoy it. It's something to go home and tell people. Not everybody goes tank floating the first of March," Glidden said.
There is a costume contest for the race, and awards are given out for the winners. Some years the weather is extremely nice, but in 2014, the temperature at the time of the race was zero. So the weather can be very different each year.
If you would like to learn more about the Polar Bear Tank Race, call Mitch and Patty Glidden at the Sandhills Motel in Mullen.