Rotary club to crown Ice Princess or Prince |

Rotary club to crown Ice Princess or Prince

The Summit County Rotary Club celebrates the coming of warmer weather by raising funds and allowing the public to guess the precise day and time that the Dillon Reservoir will melt each spring. Money raised from each $2 guess is contributed to local charitable causes, including more than $20,000 to Summit High School seniors in the form of college scholarships.

The Dillon Ice Melt Contest is in its 18th year. Some new elements of fun have been added to the contest for public enjoyment. In 2002, the Summit County Rotary crowned its very first Ice Princess, Shelly Kroger of The Real Estate Group in Dillon. The Lake Dillon Ice Princess contest is open to anyone who resides in Summit County, male or female, with no age restrictions. The only requirement is that the princess nominees must be enthusiastic about raising money for the Rotary Foundation’s many causes and must be present at 11a.m. April 19 for the Ice Princess Parade. The Princess will assist in the placement of the clock on the lake with the Sheriff’s hovercraft. The Ice Princess also will be invited to present the winner of the Ice Melt Contest with the $2,000 grand prize at a local Rotary Club meeting in early May. This year’s Ice Princess Contest is sponsored by Land Title. Land Title is awarding four tickets to the Grammy Award winning Nora Jones concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater to the 2003 Ice Princess winner as a reward for exceptional fundraising efforts.

After interviewing the nominees for good humor, quirkiness and creativity, the Princess committee will narrow down the contestants to six. The final six nominees will be announced April 1 by the Ice Melt Contest media sponsors, The Summit Daily News, Krystal93, KSMT and RSN, and will be posted at

Then, the public may vote for one of the six candidates at a cost of $1 per vote.

Each finalist will have voting boxes at their place of business or in hand. Additional voting boxes can be found at local banks from April 1 through April 14. The Princess candidate with the most money raised at 5 p.m. April 14 will be crowned at the April 19 Ice Princess Parade and BBQ at Dillon Town Hall.

To nominate yourself, friend or co-worker, visit from now through March 14 and tell them why you or your friend should be crowned princess.

Log on to to nominate coworkers, a favorite local politician or friends for their 15 minutes of fame.

For more information about the Summit County Rotary Club and its projects, visit the Rotary Web site at


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