Rotary’s Ice Melt Contest: an unpredictable contest


By JoAnn Laird
Pagosa Springs Rotary Club

2021 continues to be a year of unpredictability. Your Pagosa Springs Rotary Club is piling on to the unpredictability heap with its third annual Ice Melt Contest. This is the good kind of unpredictability because it can put some cold, hard cash in your pocket — if you’re a whiz at looking into the future.

This event is based on precise timing, down to the month, day, minute and second. A drum with a clock has been placed on Lake Hatcher and when the ice melts enough for the barrel to drop into the lake, the clock will stop and three lucky winners will be announced. 

The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club, in conjunction with the Pagosa Springs Property Owners Association (PLPOA), will be awarding $1,000 to the person whose guess is the closest to the time marked on the then-useless clock, $750 for second place and $500 for third place. 

To be counted, entries must be submitted to Rotary no later than midnight, March 17, or earlier if the thawing happens and the barrel plunges to the depths of Lake Hatcher. Tickets for your guesses are $5 each, $20 for five and $100 for 30. It’s a pretty good return on your money, if you have a crystal ball, a current issue of the Farmer’s Almanac or a meteorology degree. 

Guessing forms are available through links at and, the PLPOA Administration Office, PLPOA Rec Center, The Choke Cherry Tree, and Ski and Bow Rack. 

With the help of the community’s support in this fun-for-profit contest, financial aid will be given to our local high school’s graduating students for higher education. 

So, get your wizard hat on and get predictable about the exact time the clock will stop. It’s possible to make a difference in a student’s life, plus it could also make a difference in your own.