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Ice Classic tripot starts to tip, but doesn't travel far enough

Posted: Monday, May 01, 2000

NENANA (AP) -- Those who bought tickets for this year's Nenana Ice Classic should keep them handy: there were signs Sunday that the contest could soon be over.

Ice Classic manager Cherrie Forness said the tripod tipped over at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, but hadn't fallen over completely so the clock was still ticking.

For 83 years, the Nenana Ice Classic has rewarded contestants who guess when the ice on the Tanana River will go out, signaling spring breakup in Interior Alaska.

The exact time of breakup is determined by a tripod sitting on the river that is wired to a clock. Forness said the tripod has to travel at least 100 feet downriver to trip the clock marking the official time. The tripod's movement Sunday could mean break up is imminent -- or not.

''It could be an hour, it could be a week. It looks like it's getting closer,'' Forness said.

There is still solid ice downriver from where the tripod is sitting, she said.

This year, contestants are vying for a record $335,000 jackpot.

HEAD:Ice Classic tripod starts to tip, but doesn't travel far enough

NENANA (AP) -- Those who bought tickets for this year's Nenana Ice Classic should keep them handy: there were signs Sunday that the contest could soon be over.

Ice Classic manager Cherrie Forness said the tripod tipped over at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, but hadn't fallen over completely so the clock was still ticking.

For 83 years, the Nenana Ice Classic has rewarded contestants who guess when the ice on the Tanana River will go out, signaling spring breakup in Interior Alaska.

The exact time of breakup is determined by a tripod sitting on the river that is wired to a clock. Forness said the tripod has to travel at least 100 feet downriver to trip the clock marking the official time. The tripod's movement Sunday could mean break up is imminent -- or not.

''It could be an hour, it could be a week. It looks like it's getting closer,'' Forness said.

There is still solid ice downriver from where the tripod is sitting, she said.

This year, contestants are vying for a record $335,000 jackpot.



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