And the Winners of the 2018 Kuskokwim Ice Classic are In!!

We’ve been watching the river with excitement for days! On May 2nd, 2018 the tripod movement stopped the clock at 7:51 pm. There are two winners who will split the 2018 jackpot: Ben Kuntz of Bethel and Lilly Carter of Kwigillingok. Ben and Lilly both guessed the exact time of 7:51 pm.

The Ice Classic also held the Minute Madness contest this year. Participants guessed only the minute of breakup for this second jackpot. Out of the 60 tickets sold, Team Savo of Dillingham, led by William Savo, won with the minute 0:51. Team Savo earns the $10,000 jackpot. Interesting fact: Minute 51 was ALSO the winning minute last year when the clock stopped at 2:51 am!

There were two days of intense suspense for many Ice Classic fans. On Monday evening, the tripod traveled about half the distance it needed to go before stalling out. The tripod remained in the same location until Wednesday afternoon, when it traveled all but the remaining 10-15 feet. Finally at 7:51 pm, it finished its journey.

The winner of the Ice Classic is determined by the person or persons who guess the exact minute of breakup. If no one has guessed the exact minute of breakup, the next closest minute on either side of the exact minute will be the winning time. The time of breakup is determined by the minute the tripod movement causes the clock to stop. You can watch breakup occurring on the webcam time lapse here at our website.

Youth groups in the Y-K Delta benefit from the Kuskokwim Ice Classic. This year’s beneficiary groups are Delta Illusions Dance Co., Teens Acting Against Violence, Kuskokwim Learning Academy Student Government and the YK Delta Lifesavers in Bethel; Aniak Mix Six Volleyball, the Napaskiak Senior Class, the Kwigillingok Senior Class and the Native Village of Hooper Bay Youth Program. All of these groups were ticket sellers for the event.

For those of you in Bethel, join us for the annual Breakup Bash celebration at the riverfront across from First National Bank of Alaska Friday, May 4th starting at 5 p.m. We will have live music, entertainment and free hot dogs sponsored by Alaska Commercial Co. to celebrate breakup. Donlin Gold will also pass out life jackets. For those of you not in Bethel, you will miss the hot dogs but can watch Bethelites celebrating this change in season via our webcam!

The Clock Has Stopped!

The clock has stopped! The official breakup time is Wednesday, May 2 at 7:51 pm.  We know who our Kusko Ice Classic and Minute Madness winners are BUT we are waiting to announce until we meet with KYUK around 9 pm. We’ll have an announcement posted immediately after we have had that meeting and contacted the winners.

By the way, if you think you have the winning guess- answer your phones!
Here’s a couple housekeeping items:
1) Yep, the Tripod didn’t move far. A sheet of ice started moving and the tripod advanced far enough to run out of line and stop the clock. So it’s still in view but the contests are finished.
2) Breakup Bash, with free hot dogs provided by Alaska Commercial Company, will be Friday at 5 pm at the river wall in front of FNBA! We’re waiting til Friday due to KuC graduation tomorrow, the chance to kick off the weekend with a free hot dog and to give our entertainers a chance to prepare.

Still Waiting and Watching!

Still waiting and watching!

The clock is still ticking!
We had a few moments of excitement at about 11 pm on Monday, April 30. Just as many ice classic fans decided it was time to give up their vigilant watches and call it a night, the tripod moved downriver a short distance and then toppled over. People in Bethel raced to the riverfront, many forgetting hats and gloves in 30-degree weather in the race to see if the clock would stop at their guessed time, but the ice stopped moving. The tripod has remained stuck in relatively the same position, about halfway through the length it needs to travel to stop the ticking clock.
Coincidentally, the Nenana Ice Tripod and the Kuskokwim Iced Tripod both fell on the same day! Could this be the year that the Nenana and the Kuskokwim go out together??
The Bethel Tripod could finish its journey any time folks!
Stay tuned!

The Tripod is Up and Ready to Go!

Spring has officially arrived! The Kuskokwim Ice Classic Tripod has been raised and is ready to go!

This year, the Ice Classic had to do a bit extra work to prepare for the raising. In 2015, the Tripod committee was interested in changing up the Tripod. We asked the LKSD STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) students for ideas. The idea of a tripod consisting of storyknives and kayaks was so unique that we couldn’t pass it up. We took that idea and gave it to master builder, Eric Whitney, who transformed the idea into a massive work of art that stood on the River for all to gaze and guess that year.

As luck would have it, when the river went out the tripod was so well built and breakup was so mild, that Eric was able to kayak himself to the now floating tripod and bring it home! In 2016 the tripod was resurrected, repainted, and raised for the 2016 Ice Classic, but unfortunately it was crushed by the ice and went downriver never to be seen again.

Over the Christmas break, Eric stepped up to the task again and this year we have a new tripod with an amazing paint scheme that looks tremendous! You really have to see it!

This morning onlookers watched as Eric, Robert Hodges, Bob Wasierski and the Ice Classic crew raised the tripod for 2017. It went off without a hitch and now stands proud and tall marking this start of the Spring season.

Thank you so much to everyone, but especially, Whitney Home and Energy, AMW Construction, Rick Hanson, Robert Hodges, Yuut Elitnaurviat, Lucas Salzbrun (Rural Service Solutions), and everyone who participated. Get your guesses in! It won’t be long until it’s that time!!

Ice Classic 2017 Application Now Available

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Download the Application!

The 2017 Kuskokwim Ice Classic is providing an opportunity for youth-serving groups in Bethel and in Y-K Delta area villages to sell tickets for this year’s Ice Classic event. Groups selected to participate AND which sell the minimum number of required tickets will receive a portion of the Ice Classic earnings. Only groups that sell the required number of tickets will be considered “beneficiary groups” which will receive funds from the Ice Classic. An explanation of this distribution formula is on page 3. The deadline for groups to apply to sell tickets is November 30, 2016 at 5 pm. Groups will be selected in December.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Your group’s primary goal must be to provide activities for youth.
  • You must name 2 adults who can be a primary and secondary point of contact between January and May. One of the adults must be able to attend a ticket sales strategy planning meeting. We will have tickets available for groups in December if groups want them early, but there will be minimal sales through March & the bulk of sales will occur in April.
  • Bethel-based groups must sell a minimum of 100 books of tickets (one book contains 5 tickets). Village-based groups must sell a minimum of 50 books of tickets*(village groups: see page 3). Groups that sell the required minimum number of tickets will receive a portion of the Ice Classic revenue (see page 3 for distribution formula explanation).

Download the Application!