Clock ticking for ice device on reservoir |

Clock ticking for ice device on reservoir

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Cris Bezinque, with Summit County Water Rescue, drives the hovercraft out onto Lake Dillon with the Dillon Ice Melt timeclock during the event in 2009. This year's contest kicks off today at noon from the Dillon Marina.
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DILLON ” A crowd of about 25people gathered on the ice of Dillon Reservoir Saturday morning to observe the launch of the Rotary Ice Melt device from Dillon Marina.

The device includes a barrel with a steel arm and weighs roughly 100 pounds.

It was strapped to the Summit Sheriff Office’s red hovercraft and delivered to a place near the center of the reservoir.

“If you look closely you can see a little orange dot out there,” Summit County Rotarian Dave Matthews said Friday.

The Ice Melt Contest has been a local event since 1985, but registration for the contest ” offering up to $2,000 to the person who predicts when the device will drop

in the water ” is open to anyone with Internet access at

“We’ve had folks in Alaska and Florida” buying entries, which are $2 each, Matthews said. “It’s amazing where people come from.”

The $2,000 prize goes to the entry nearest the time ” measured to the second ” when the device will fall through the thawing ice. Second place gets $750 and third, $500. Fourth through 10th places get BBQ Bucks for the BBQ at the Summit in Dillon this summer.

Matthews said 10,000 tickets have been printed and are available at local banks and businesses. They’re also available at the Summit Daily News.

Proceeds from the fundraising contest ” with a $20,000 goal ” are to benefit Rotary’s Summit High School scholarship program.

“This year I think things are running a little slower than we would like,” Matthews said regarding fundraising efforts.

The contest runs until April 26 or when the device falls through the ice.

Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or

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