The sixth annual “Ice-Out Contest” sponsored by the Brookfield Historical Society came to a conclusion on April 17th at exactly 5:56 a.m.
That was three days earlier than the event occurred in 2008.
The winner of the contest was Raymond H. Doane, Jr., of Brookfield, who submitted an estimate of April 17 at 10 a.m.
Half of the contest proceeds of $585 will be distributed among three prize winners including the contestant with the closest time after the winning time, Ellen Cole of Brookfield, who estimated 10:20 a.m., and the contestant with the closest estimate before the winning time, Jarid Wheeler of Brookfield who estimated 3:15 p.m. on April 16th.
The timing apparatus, positioned on Sunset Pond north of the Floating Bridge, was designed by engineering students in Professor Greg Wight’s Mechtronics class at Norwich University. Ice-out occurs when a cement block secured to the apparatus, positioned north of the Brookfield Floating, plunges through the ice and stops an attached alarm clock.
The ice-out contest, in addition to benefiting the Brookfield Historical Society, is a celebration of spring and an attempt to predict the vagaries of a Vermont winter.