One part Polar, one part Puck, serve over ice

By Mike Mullane

Jimmy John’s workers prepare sandwiches Saturday during the Polar Bear weekend in Carbondale. One Jimmy John’s employee, Liz Biggane, a senior from Chicago studying foreign language and international trade, said the restaurant was open 24 hours during the weekend for the event. “We had other managers and other employees from surrounding areas like Indiana come to our restaurant and help us out so we didn’t have to work the entire day,” Biggane said. “On our biggest day of the year, the help from the other stores was much appreciated.”Alexa Rogals | Daily Egyptian

Adam Ticker, a senior from Columbus, Ohio, studying economics, wheels a keg from the cooler Friday at ABC Liquor Mart. Polar Bear weekend usually brings an increase in keg and overall liquor sales, Ticker said. Tiffany Blanchette-Daily Egyptian



Paramedics place an intoxicated female into an ambulance Saturday during Polar Bear weekend at Pinch Penny Pub. Ambulance services and police responded to multiple calls during the weekend as students and residents participated in the annual drinking event. Carbondale police posted on its website that officers would conduct extra patrols and increase fines to discourage people from drunken driving during the weekend. Chris Zoeller-Daily Egyptian

Customers wait inside Sam’s Cafe on Saturday after attending the Polar Bear and Puck Finch events. Some bars opened as early as 10 a.m., which resulted in participants crowding the Strip for most of the day. 

Plastic foam pizza boxes overflow from a trash can outside of Wise Guys Pizza on Saturday during Polar Bear and Puck Finch weekend.

Photos taken by Daily Egyptian photo staff