Rotary’s annual Ice Princess and Ice Melt contests underway |

Rotary’s annual Ice Princess and Ice Melt contests underway

Being labeled an Ice Princess anywhere else might be considered a bit of a slight. But here in Summit County, it’s an honor. The Rotary Club of Summit County is now accepting votes for its Ice Princess contest, which is run in conjunction with its annual Ice Melt contest. There are four Ice Princess candidates, all of whom are involved in the community. Candidates raise money through votes – each vote costs $1 – and the contender with the most votes wins. The winner will be crowned at a Rotary dinner this spring. Theresa Papandrea, news generations director at the Rotary, said candidates can collect votes any way they want. Some go out in public to ask for votes, while others raise their numbers through family, friends and co-workers. Last year, a few competitors put pink flamingos on neighbors’ lawns and only removed them after neighbors entered their ballots. “They get to be creative with it,” Papandrea said. The last day of voting for the Ice Princess is April 24. At the Rotary’s Ice Melt contest – which has been running for almost 30 years – community members guess how when an “ice device” on Dillon Reservoir will fall through in the spring. A clock inside the device stops when it hits the water. Each vote costs $5. The prizes for closest to the actual time will be $2,000 for first place, $750 for second and $500 for third. The first place winner will also get a chance to win $100,000 by drawing from 60 envelopes – one of which will contain the grand prize. The Ice Melt contest begins with the placement of the ice device April 9 at 11 a.m. at the Dillon Marina. Ice Princess candidates will be attending. All proceeds from the two contests benefit rotary projects, programs and scholarships. Ice Princess voting and Ice Melt guesses can be registered at, or through Rotarian friends throughout the county.

Jordan Bailey was raised in Golden and spent much of her time as a young girl skiing in Summit County. She moved here after studying psychology at Colorado University. Bailey currently works as the teen program coordinator for Mountain Mentors, a job she said she loves because it allows her to get to know local working families, youth and other active community members. She is also working toward her master’s in social work at the University of Denver. Bailey enjoys hiking with her dog Boone and rafting with her new fianc Matt Schultz, a paramedic in Summit County. She looks forward to helping raise funds for the Rotary and is proud to help them make a positive impact within the community.

Shelley Brook moved to Breckenridge in 2007 after graduating from the University of Kansas. She grew up skiing in Colorado and considers Breckenridge her real home. This is her fourth season working as an assistant manager for Ski & Ride School Sales in Breckenridge, where she loves seeing kids get excited about skiing. In her spare time, she enjoys all sorts of outdoor activities: skiing and snowboarding, touring, hut trips, backpacking, hiking and softball. Brook said she’s happy with a good book, a glass of wine, knitting and crocheting, and having dinner with family and friends. She loves to travel, but said she always comes home to Breckenridge.

Tanya Leggett grew up in Louisiana and Missouri, but has always dreamed of calling the mountains home. She moved to Summit County in 2008, and currently works as the branch office administrator at Edward Jones in Dillon. She is finishing up a degree in early childhood education and will continue on toward a degree in elementary education. Eventually, she wants to be a first grade teacher. Leggett is also a youth mentor in SOS Outreach and considers working with children, helping them reach their goals, and being a positive influence for them a rewarding experience. She enjoys snowboarding, reading a good book, various craft projects and spending time with friends.

Kim Phipps is a math teacher at Summit High School. She is the daughter of Ullr and Queen Frostine and was born in the dark of winter on the coldest day in the history of the world. An evil member of Queen Frostine’s court kidnapped her after birth in an attempt to steal the throne. She knew nothing of her history during her childhood in Michigan, and only felt at home after moving to Summit County 10 years ago. She found out the truth about her history after the fairy Silvermist visited her and showed her a snowflake-shaped birthmark over her heart. Now that she knows the proof of her royalty, she wishes to return to the throne that is rightfully hers.

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