Ice goes out, ending the Nenana Ice Classic; It will take about a week to determine winner

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The ice went out on the Tanana River, marking an end to the Nenana Ice Classic.

The game's manager, Cherrie Forness, says the ice went out at 2:25 p.m. Friday (the game observes standard time, not daylight).

She says it will take about a week to sort through the tickets and determine the winning entry or entries.

The game dates back to 1917, the first attempt for people to predict when winter ice would break up on the Tanana River in Nenana. People now pay $2.50 per ticket to guess the correct time the river pushes the wooden tripod downstream and stops a connected clock on shore. The tripod tripped Thursday night and floated about 50 yard downstream before it got caught in an ice jam.

The jackpot is about $330,000.

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