Rotary Ice Princess finalists named |

Rotary Ice Princess finalists named

SUMMIT COUNTY – Let the voting begin.

While Summit County’s citizens take to the polls to cast ballots for town council members, six Ice Princess candidates are soliciting votes to benefit the Summit County Rotary Foundation. Unlike votes in the town elections, these votes are dollar bills, and ballot stuffing is encouraged. The election goes until April 17.

The Ice Princess competition is part of the Rotary’s annual Ice Melt Contest, in which people purchase $2 tickets and guess when the ice on Dillon Reservoir will melt. That’s determined by the “Ice Device,” a barrel with two clocks affixed to it that is placed on the lake. When the ice melts, the device falls into the lake, water floods the clocks and they stop.

The six Ice Princess finalists include Cathie Hill, Summit High School choral and music teacher; Kathy Lunceford of Neils Lunceford Nursery; Stacy Kotz of Ebert Appraisals; Amber Reyna of Diamond and Gem Exchange; Brook Wardell with ResortQuest; and Jane Stebbins with the Summit Daily News.

“We’ve got six really enthusiastic finalists,” said Rotarian Jay Bauer.

He and the other Rotary members are counting on that enthusiasm to bring in more than $11,000 for the Summit County Rotary Foundation. The money is earmarked for scholarships for high school students.

The Ice Princess finalists will be pounding the pavement next month garnering “votes” from people. The one who raises the most money for the Rotary will be crowned Ice Princess after a parade in Dillon on April 17. At that point, a representative from the Sheriff’s Office and a Rotary member will take the barrel out onto the ice for the guessing to begin.

Warm temperatures in recent weeks have many people thinking the Rotary might have to put the Ice Device out on the lake earlier than usual in anticipation of an early melt. The ice is typically several feet thick at this time of year.

“Last year we were thinking the same thing,” Bauer said. “It’s hard to say.”

The person who guesses closest to the time the device falls in the lake wins $2,000. Second place goes home with $750 and third place gets $500. Fourth through 10th place will get 10 Buck-a-Bone tickets for the Rotary’s barbecue in August. The high temperature at the lake that day will break any ties.

Tickets can be purchased from any Rotary member, at the Summit Daily News or online at

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