When will the ice crack at a UP lake? Guess right and win

Associated Press

Negaunee – Will it be April? May?

An Upper Peninsula community is selling chances to guess when replica mining equipment will fall through ice at Teal Lake as the lake’s ice cover melts.

It’s an annual fundraiser organized by the Negaunee Lions Club and the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce.

“With the increasing popularity of the Teal Lake Melt-Down fundraiser we’re hoping payouts continue to rise each year,” organizers said.

The Teal Lake Melt-Down is a contest to select the exact day and time the replica mine shaft head-frame structure drops through the ice of Teal Lake in Negaunee, Michigan.

The cost is $5 for each entry. Participants guess the date and time when the equipment hits the water. The winner gets 50% of the net proceeds or at least $500, whichever is greater.

This year’s winner received $1,579 when the ice broke on May 3. In 2019, the winning guess was April 26.

The winning entry must be purchased at least 48 hours prior to the structure falling through the ice.

Information on buying tickets is available at www.gincc.org or www.negauneelions.com.