SHERRILLS FORD – The weather was warm but the water was rough, making staying upright for any length of time difficult for many of the “barefooters” who participated in the annual New Year’s Day Barefoot Challenge on Lake Norman. More than 30 individuals participated this year. Participants traveled from North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey and Indiana to compete. Nick Wentworth of Mooresville was the top local finisher, placing second in the men’s division.

Photos by Michelle T. Bernard

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