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Ice Melt Parade is Saturday

DILLON – The second annual Lake Dillon Ice Melt Parade and Ice Melt Princess Crowing will be at 11 a.m. Saturday – rain or shine.

The Dillon parade is open to the public for both vehicle and foot traffic. No preregistration is required. Mayor Barbara Davis will crown the 2003 Ice Princess on the steps of Dillon Town Hall. The crowning will be followed by a short procession to the Dillon Marina for the “launching” of the ice-melt contest clock. The person who guesses the time closest to when the clock falls through the melting ice wins the contest.

The Summit County Rotary Club invites the participants to join a free barbecue at Pug Ryan’s Steakhouse after the parade.

Parade officials encourage private citizens and businesses to join in and show their creativity.

The Sheriff’s Office hovercraft is a key element in the parade and is used to place the clock on the reservoir. Parade-goers will get a first look at the Rotary red Corvette, which will be raffled to the public Aug. 16.

“2002 was our first try at making an event of the placing of the clock on the lake,” said Rotary member Karen Siesing. “After 17 years, the Ice Melt contest needed some new elements of fun.

“The princess contest has been well-received by the community with good-natured competitiveness.” Siesing said. “The parade and princess has raised more awareness and funds for the local scholarship programs.”

The first year, 50 people participated in the parade. Rotary members would like to see more than 100 for the second year.

The Ice Melt Contest is a major Rotary fundraiser. People buy tickets for $2 apiece and write their guesses as to when the reservoir’s ice will melt and drop the clock into the water.

To purchase Ice Melt tickets and a chance to win the $2,000 grand prize, look for a Rotarian at the parade or log on to, where you can monitor the status of the ice device online with the live Web cam.

For more information about the parade, contact Sally

Croker at (970) 468-2403.

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