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Wilson Lake Ice-Out Contest tickets now available

Bruce Dyke has his golf clubs and ice auger both ready, trying to figure when the ice will melt on Wilson Lake. You can buy a ticket to win $100 with your best guess in the annual Wilson Lake Ice Out contest.

WILTON - The snow seems to just keep coming this season, and many local residents are ready for the snow and ice to melt and for spring to start. But when will that be? What’s your guess?

Bruce Dyke of the Wilton Fish and Game Association has been the caretaker of the Wilson Lake Ice Out contest, and he encourages everyone to take a chance that their guess is best. For a $5 ticket you can post your best guess. The winner with the guess closest to when the ice is actually out on Wilson Lake wins $100.

The ice is considered out on Wilson Lake when a boat can go from the boat launch to the big island without touching ice.

Last year’s winner was Wilton’s Town Manager Rhonda Irish. Rhonda’s guess of April 30 at 1:12 p.m. was the winning time, and she very generously donated her $100 prize to the Wilton Fish and Game Youth Program.

This year the winner could be you, but don’t delay. The deadline for entries is April 1, 2019. Tickets are available from Bruce Dyke; Steve’s Market in Dryden; Law Mountain Bakery, Pond Road, Wilton; Robin’s Bait Shop, Jay; or just put your name, contact number and money in an envelope with the month, day, hour and minute the ice will go out and mail it to Bruce Dyke, P.O. BOX 605, Wilton, ME 04294.

Proceeds of the event benefit the Wilton Fish and Game Association.

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