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Ice melts, winner to be announced

Lu Snyder

SUMMIT COUNTY – Someone is about to become $2,000 richer.

The 2002 Dillon Ice Melt Contest ended Sunday when the clock fell through the ice at 11:45:52 a.m.

Contest chairperson Susan Juergensmeier said she and her husband looked at the clock through a telescope at 10:30 Sunday morning.

“You could see that it was laying on it’s side,” Juergensmeier said. By 1 p.m. the clock was “totally submerged,” she said.

This is the earliest the clock has fallen through the ice, and the first time it’s happened in April. Each year since 1997, the clock has fallen into the water between May 1 and 13.

“The winning entry is exceedingly close to the time the clock fell in,” Juergensmeier said.

Still, the Summit County Rotary Club, which sponsors the annual fund-raising event, will not announce the first, second and third place winners for a few days. Mail-in entries had to be post-marked by Friday, April 26, Juergensmeier said, and contest officials want to wait for those entries to arrive before announcing the winners. She said she expects to make announcement Wednesday.

Summit Daily staffer Becky Louviere picked April 28 as the date the ice would melt. She said this is the first time she entered the contest and didn’t realize the clock had never fallen through in April.

Though Louviere’s guess is a couple hours off the 11:45:52 drop-in time, she’s eager to learn whether she was one of the three closest.

The person who submitted the ticket with the closest guess to the time of submersion will win the $2,000 grand prize. The second-closest guess gets $500, and third place wins $250.

Contest officials have not yet counted the number of entries, but Juergensmeier said the entries to date far exceed those of previous years.

Last year, the Rotary Club raised $7,000 from the contest. Their goal for this year’s contest was $10,000, contest officials said.

The Rotary Club uses the contest proceeds to award scholarships to local Summit High School and Colorado Mountain College students, as well as to fund programs for Summit County youth.

Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or

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