Ice moves out; spring moves in |

Ice moves out; spring moves in

DILLON – After spending the afternoon lying on its side on the ice, the Ice Melt clock plunged into the cold waters of Lake Dillon about 10 p.m. Thursday, ending the annual Ice Melt contest.

Of the 111 guesses entered for Thursday, there were three winners who guessed within three hours of the actual time the clock fell – 10:18 p.m.

Jennifer Schoenfeld, of Pickerington, Ohio, won the $2,000 first-place prize with her guess that the ice would melt at 9:03 p.m. Thursday. Johana Luna of Dillon will receive the $500 second-place prize with a guess for 8:20 p.m. Thursday. The $250 third-place prize goes to Denver resident Lee Larson who guessed the clock would fall into the water at 1:04 a.m. Friday.

The Summit County Rotary Club met its goal to raise at least $10,000 from this year’s contest, after prizes and expenses – about $1,000 ahead of last year’s contest and double that of three years ago, said Susan Juergensmeier, contest chairperson. The local nonprofit will use the money raised from the annual contest to award scholarships to Summit High School students.

The Rotary Club received more than 4,500 entries this year – with some coming from as far as England and Australia.

Over the past 17 years of the contest, May typically has received the most entries. Though May 8 was selected by the most people this year, guesses ranged from April into June – even as late as June 28.

“You just never know, with the Ice Melt contest, when it’s going to go in, and that’s what makes it so much fun – it’s up to Mother Nature,” Juergensmeier said.

Last year, the ice melted on April 28. The two previous years, it was within the first eight days of May. This is the latest the ice has melted in several years.

Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or

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