Hundreds of people enjoyed Breakup Bash in the sun along the river wall in Bethel on April 13. Alaska Commercial Company provided 1000 free hot dogs and buns and Paul Basile coordinated a lineup of entertainment that included the BRHS Dance Group, musician Chris Claus, KuC Dance Group and musician Jeremy Lee on a flatbed provided by Crowley. The bash received an unexpected visit from Senator Lisa Murkowski, who had attempted to travel to Eek but was weathered out. With an opening in her schedule, she was able come celebrate breakup with the Bethel crowd.
While the Ice Classic was able to congratulate the two Minute Madness winners in person at the Bash- Shaun Codman and Cezary Maczynski- there are still thousands of guesses to organize back at Kuskokwim Ice Classic Headquarters. We know our fans are excited to hear who is taking home or splitting that $12,500 jackpot- and so are we- but we just experienced the earliest breakup in recorded history in Bethel. With sales right up until the very last moment and guesses still being flown in from village sales locations, volunteers had no window of time to organize all of the guesses before the river broke up. Thankfully, there’s an awesome team working behind the scenes and efforts every night to organize the previous day’s guesses kept the logistics on track and mean that we will probably be able to determine the winner in a few days. An announcement in less than a week after breakup will be remarkable, given the accelerated timeframe of the 2019 breakup.
So stay tuned, we will have more to be excited about as the week progresses.
And what news of the tripod? It’s now on Joe Lomack beach. The Kusko Ice Classic should be able to retrieve it at the next high tide. Fingers crossed!
The Kusko Ice Classic is ready to announce the Minute Madness winners!
Our Minute Madness- Original Contest winner was Sean Codman of Bethel, who purchased the very last minute- 02- for sale Friday, April 5 at 4 pm. That wheel sold out, and Sean wins $10,000 for minute 02.
The Ice Classic sponsored a second Minute Madness that opened at noon on Friday April 12 due to popular demand- Minute Madness Round Two. Cezary Maczynski won Minute Madness II. Fifty minutes sold in four hours on that wheel before breakup forced the team to stop selling minutes- creating a jackpot of $8,333.34 for Cezary.
The Regular Ice Classic jackpot is $12,500. The Ice Classic committee and volunteers are still sorting eligible guesses. We hope to announce the winner of the $12,500 jackpot as soon as possible- but because we had to apply our Early Breakup Rule and are still sorting guesses, it may take us a few days.
But the tripod is down! The tripod fell over this afternoon, but the string is still attached, so the clock is still running. Keep your eye on the Ice Classic facebook page for timely updates. Things are happening fast, folks!
Wow, what a day! Minute Madness went on sale at noon today and sold out in a matter of hours!
Didn’t get a chance to participate in Minute Madness? We have had a lot of interest and are considering opening a second wheel over the weekend. If you would be interested in getting in on a second Minute Madness wheel (which would operate independently of the first wheel), let us know ASAP by texting or calling the sales phone at 545-8483 and we’ll put you on an interest list. If we get enough interest, we’ll get one going.
If Minute Madness isn’t really your jam, but you still want to get in on this crazy Ice Classic energy, you can find groups selling our regular Ice Classic tickets at AC and Swanson’s over the weekend. Don’t wait, though, the river could break any day! Don’t forget- if the river breaks before April 22, you have to have your guesses in the day before breakup, so move quickly!