Jan 18, 2016 6:03 PM

Lack of ice could change location of Meredith's annual Pond Hockey Classic


MEREDITH - There is now a backup location for the annual Pond Hockey Classic tournament, after a mild start to winter has delayed the ice over on Lake Winnipesaukee.

As of Monday, open water could be seen on most of Meredith Bay, where the tournament is held each year. The alternative location is about .5 mile away on much smaller Lake Waukewan, organizers said.

"We're waiting to make a decision until the end of the week," said Pond Hockey Classic Commissioner Scott Crowder.

The tournament is scheduled for Feb. 5th-7th and welcomes thousands to the area.

Tournament organizers aren't the only ones worrying about the lack of ice, it's also been tough on local businesses.

"Definitely getting a much slower start to the fishing season this year, the ice is just starting to form on the smaller ponds," said Alan Nute of A.J.'s Bait & Tackle.

Waukewan has an estimated 4-5 solid inches, which could grow thicker with this week's cooler temperatures.

The annual Meredith Rotary Club Fishing Derby will be held February 13th-14th. The weigh-in station is also in Meredith. According to the group's Facebook page, no changes are expected.


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