Nominees warm up to Ice Melt Princess contest |

Nominees warm up to Ice Melt Princess contest

Lu Snyder

DILLON<Breckenridge resident Jim Lamb thinks he1d make a good princess. But he1s got competition.Almost 50 people (well, some were dogs) were nominated to be the first-ever Dillon Ice Melt Princess<or, as some prefer to call it, Ice Princess. The field has been narrowed to 13 possible candidates, from which six finalists will be chosen later this week.The Ice Princess competition is a part of the new and spicy annual Ice Melt contest, sponsored by the Summit County Rotary Club. This year, the contest has an official Web site (, a parade and … a princess.Lamb, an accounts manager at Colorado Mountain College, hadn1t heard of the Ice Princess competition until someone from the contest committee called to tell him he1d been nominated. Still, Lamb said he thinks he1s qualified for the position. As a child, one of his favorite activities was to empty the ice tray into the sink and watch the ice cubes melt. Watching ice melt has always fascinated him, he said.Lamb said he1ll even skip the Imperial Challenge, which he does each year, to be in the April 13 parade. Coincidentally, that day also is his birthday.3What an honor<to be the Ice Princess, in a parade, on your birthday, Lamb said. 3Who could ask for anything more?Lamb isn1t sure who nominated him, but he said he suspects it was his friend, Jeni Eackman, from the Summit County Chamber, because she seemed to be 3sitting on a secret recently.3I really believe (she) is living vicariously through me, Lamb said. 3I think it1s really (her) dream to be Ice Princess, but she realizes that she doesn1t have the right stuff … so she nominated me.Lamb doesn1t have a costume in mind, but said he has some female colleagues 3who are itching to dress me up. Which is fine with Lamb, as long as it1s not black.3I just know black makes my butt look big, Lamb said.One of Lamb1s competitors is Frisco resident and A-Basin human resources associate Jo McDonald. McDonald heard about the competition, decided she wanted to be Ice Princess, and spread the word among colleagues. She received more than 20 nominations from A-Basin employees alone, she said. She hopes to become Ice Princess to add it to her resume.3I think it will open many doors for me, McDonald said.And now that she1s being considered for the final six, McDonald said she1s being treated differently. One person even asked for her autograph. When someone from the contest committee asked for an adjective to describe her qualification, McDonald responded with 3whimicicle<pronounced whimsical<and she1s pretty proud of her witty description.3That was on the spot, she said. 3On the phone and on the spot.McDonald said if she wins she might wear her ski ball gown and an A-Basin fleece. She stopped before explaining why she1d make a good princess.3I guess I really have to be one of the finalists before I can tell people why they should vote for me, McDonald said. Sounding confident, she said she would save those details for later.Local actress and Keystone travel agent Jacquelyn Lies also is among the princess competitors. Lies was out of town at press time, but her close friend, Sharyl Hendrickson, said Lies would be perfect for the part.First of all, she loves to act. Lies has performed in many local productions, including 3Oliver!, 3Ragtime, and 3Vanities. She also sings in a quartet of Christmas carolers.3She1s a thrift-store drama queen, Hendrickson said of Lies. 3She loves theater, life and excitement.Hendrickson said Lies would even be willing to jump into the icy waters of Lake Dillon for her princess title. Again, Lies could not be reached for comment.But according to Mardy Williams, there1s no one more regal than Tessa.Tessa is a Newfoundland puppy. Her owner, Joanne Richardson, nominated her because 3she1s so damn cute. But Richardson1s friend, Williams, interrupted her.3She1s regal, Williams said. 3If you1re gonna be a princess, you1ve got to be regal.The final six candidates will be announced in the Summit Daily News April 1. Residents and visitors may cast their votes for $1 each at banks, restaurants, the Frisco and Silverthorne Information Centers and Dillon Town Hall.The candidate receiving the most votes will become the first Dillon Ice Melt Princess. The five others will be part of the snowflake court.3It1s all about silliness, said Sally Croker, Dillon marketing and events manager, who added that contest officials plan to have a crown, scepter and cloak for the princess. 3This is all in the name of fun and raising money for a great cause.Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or

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