Last call to win $1,000 in Ice Melt Contest


By JoAnn Laird

Pagosa Springs Rotary Club

If you have procrastinated about buying tickets for the Ice Melt Contest, you’re not too late. There is still a chance to win serious money for that post-COVID vacation, as the barrel has not yet dropped into Lake Hatcher.

For those unfamiliar with the Ice Melt Contest, sponsored by the Pagosa Rotary and Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association (PLPOA), a clock has been attached to a barrel and placed on Lake Hatcher. When temperatures warm enough to melt the ice, the barrel will fall into the water, marking the exact day, minute, hour and second the clock stops. 

So, there is still time to make some serious money. The top three guesses, closest to the marked date and time, will win $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place.

No later than midnight on March 17 is the fast-approaching deadline to buy your tickets and make that educated crystal ball forecast. The ticket prices are $5 for 1, $20 for 5, $40 for 10 and $100 for 30 tickets. Easy-to-obtain tickets are available at, through a link on the PLPOA website, at The Choke Cherry Tree, the PLPOA Rec Center, the PLPOA administration office, and Ski and Bow Rack. 

All proceeds go toward the Rotary Scholarship Fund, to aid graduating seniors with higher education. All proceeds to winners could go toward higher adventures.