Ice Melt contest, Ice Princess nominations begin today |

Ice Melt contest, Ice Princess nominations begin today

Lu Snyder


Summit Rotary Club’s annual Ice Melt Contest –

Guess when the ice will break on Lake Dillon

Tickets: $2 per guess.

Nominate the contest’s first Ice Princess

Nominations: $1 each.

Tickets and nominations can be purchased at the Web site – – or at the Dillon Town Hall, local banks, information centers or through a Rotary Club member.

DILLON – In Summit County, one need not be female to be a princess. In fact, one need not even be human.

Nominations for this year’s Ice Princess open today, but contest officials already have received two nominations, one of them being the mayor of Georgetown.

The Ice Princess is part of a new chapter of Dillon’s annual Ice Melt contest – which is hosted by the Summit County Rotary Club to guess the day the ice will break on Lake Dillon. Though the contest has been a success in past years, contest officials decided they wanted to spice it up a little. Many details still are in the works, but the contest’s official Web site – – already is up and running.

Contestants may purchase tickets and nominate an Ice Princess on the Web site. The Web site also will feature a Web cam, so contestants may watch the progression of the ice melt without driving by Lake Dillon.

Nominations for Ice Princess will be accepted through March 15, said Jay Bauer, a Rotary Club committee member. The committee will select six finalists from those elected, and the public will have the opportunity to vote for the 2002 Ice Princess from April 1 through 9. Votes will cost $1 and can be made at local bars, banks, and the town of Dillon.

Ice princess nominees need not be Summit County residents. Nor must they be female.

“It doesn’t even have to be homosapiens,” Bauer said.

He said he expects someone to nominate John Warner – a Breckenridge dentist known for wearing hula skirts and dressing as the the tooth fairy.

The princess will be crowned at the Ice Melt Parade – April 13 – and ride on her (his?) own float in the parade, which will begin at the Dillon Town Hall and end at the Dillon Marina.

“She’ll get to wave to the three fans that will be watching,” Bauer joked, saying he presumes the weather might be something like Monday’s – snowing, cold and windy.

Last year, the Rotary Club raised $7,000 from the contest. This year, Bauer said, they hope to raise at least $10,000. The money is used for local high school scholarships and other youth and student programs, said contest chair Susan Juergensmeier.

“We’ve never really had fun with (the contest), so this year we’re going to have some fun,” Bauer said.

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