Here’s how it works:
“So the Kusko Ice Classic is a raffle where people can purchase a ticket and put down their guess for the Kuskokwim River breakup in front of Bethel. After the river breaks up we find out which person’s guess was closest to the time that the river broke up without going over. And that individual splits the pot of money.”
The winner splits the money with student groups at Bethel Regional High School. The wood is connected to a cable and fitted with a clock. When the ice shifts far enough or falls through the ice it trips the clock. Whoever has a guess closest to the time of breakup without going over the time wins. Tickets are available at Swanson’s, Crowley’s, the BCSF office and on some weekends at AC. Tickets cost $5 or $20 for a book of five. Sales end April 22nd at 7pm. If the river breaks on April 22nd or earlier, the guesses must be submitted the day before breakup in order to be eligible. Last year the total pot was over $12-thousand dollars. This year there will be a webcam attached to the tripod.