Mar 26, 2015 9:21 PM

Town warms up to 'Ice Out' contest

HANCOCK - On Norway Pond you can see it through the fog.

A small replica of the town's 'meeting house' standing as a symbol for the countdown to spring.

"We drill holes and anchor those legs in the ice and it freezes around it almost immediately," says Jane Richards-Jones. Richard-Jones is part of the 'Ice Out' team that helps put the wooden structure on the pond during winter for the annual 'Ice Out' contest. It goes on the ice in January and the countdown begins.

People can buy tickets to predict when the ice will melt. The winner gets half of the total pot. The other half goes toward restoring the town's historic buildings.

"It's fun for people. They love guessing," said Sandy Morrill. Morrill works at Hancock Market, one of the places that sells the contest tickets.

This is the third year the town has held the contest. The last two years, the ice melted in April. A webcam is setup to monitor the pond and record the moment it happens.


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