Yup, it’s that time of the year once again!!! Time for the 2017 Annual Ice Out Contest! That may not be a big deal for most of you, but if you live in this part of the country, it’s a signal that we’ve survived another winter and spring may come once again.
Rather bleak, no?
So for those of you that aren’t familiar with an Ice Out Contest, it’s pretty simple. Just place your best guess when we’ll see the ice go out on our local lake. If you want to do some research, go back and read the outcome of the previous contests right here on the blog or search the average ice out dates in Minnesota.
Once you’ve got your research done, post a reply to this post with your best guess. Remember to post
TIME in CST
Entries will be accepted until 8:00 AM CST ~ Friday, 3/24/17.
maybe something like, March 30, 2017 4:35AM CST Nothin’ to it!
A few tips for this year. Like last year, it’s been a pretty mild winter and we’re starting to see some of the small streams starting to open up. Eagles, Geese and Swans are coming back in large numbers which tells me there’s a fair amount of open water already. The temperatures are supposed to be getting into the 50’s this weekend with pretty mild temperatures for the near future. Best I’ve got to offer!
So what if you actually win this contest? What do you get? Hmmmmm… let me think about it for a day or two. Maybe let you know what the winner will get in the Friday Update. Promise it’ll be worth the effort to make an entry.
Get to doing your research and let the games begin!!!!
These cold days have given me some time to dig around the office and I’m coming up with some stuff I forgot I had. Here’s a good example.
Yup, a copy of David Anthony’s popular history of the GEC brands AND, it’s autographed by BOTH Bill Howard and Ken Daniels. I don’t know how many of these are floating around, but I know it’s not many.
As thanks for another fantastic year for TSA Knives, the lucky winner of our Christmas drawing will receive this book. Just post a reply to this blog entry that you want to be included in the drawing and you’re entered. No purchase necessary. I’ll pay the postage for shipping anywhere in the world so no matter where you’re at, join in. Post a reply by Christmas Eve and I’ll draw a name Christmas Day.
The ice is rapidly leaving!!! While there’s huge sheet of ice still melt…
there are also areas quickly opening up.
You can see the open water extending into the main body of the lake with another open area just off the point.
I’d make an unscientific guess that about 15% of the lake is opened up and the other 85% is deteriorating fast. It wouldn’t surprise me to see the entire lake open by the weekend. All depends on the temperature and the wind. Ice out before the end of March is going to be in record breaking territory!!! I’m good with that!
I’m not calling the race early, but I’d bet we have a race between Randy and BA. Here are the standings:
Spring is officially here and we have a 2015 Ice Out Contest Winner!!!! The date was about a week and a half earlier than last year and I actually thought the lake would be clear of ice 4 or 5 days earlier.
Odd as it might seem, watching the ice go off from a larger body of water is actually pretty interesting. I spent a couple of hours on our deck Saturday afternoon watching a slab of ice about a mile long slowly get ‘blown’ down the lake. Most of it piles up harmlessly on the downwind side of the lake, but it’s always interesting and maybe a bit nerve wracking (depending where you’re at). Now you can understand why we pull our docks and boat lifts out of the water every fall before ice in. Here are a few pictures to give you an idea what the lake ice looked like as of 10:00 AM yesterday 4/12/15.
Just left of this photo there was a slab of ice about 1/2 mile wide still in the process of breaking up. It took about another 6 hours for that slab to ‘disappear’.
Things tend to get a bit interesting for the diners at the local Holiday Inn, wondering if they’ll get to finish their meal with dry, warm feet.
Here’s a picture of these slabs of ice once they break up on shore. It doesn’t melt like an ice cube in a glass of water, but develops columns of melting similar to a honey comb. Once it deteriorates to this point, it starts breaking up pretty quickly. Actually, pretty neat.
So, the winner of this years Ice Out Contest is……. Charley Barlow with a guess of 3PM on 4/13/15. The actual time was around 5:00PM on 4/12/15 and Charley missed the actual time by just over 24 hours. That’s pretty darned good and the title of Master Iceologist is well deserved. Congratulations!!!
He was bracketed on both sides by:
4/9 3:29 PM largecents
4/13 3 PM Charlie Barlow
4/16 3 PM John
4/20 4 PM John B
So Charley, look for a Schatt & Morgan 032171 Stag handled Quart Barlow in your mailbox in the next few days! Thanks to everyone that participated and I’ll have to think about maybe having a Freeze In contest next fall.
Congrats again to David for winning the runner-up prize most generously donated by Ken Daniels and Queen Cutlery!!!! For second place, you didn’t just do too bad David! On it’s way to you this afternoon is a new Robeson Limited Production #40 Jigged Bone Gunstock.
I have to take a minute to offer a special thanks to Ken and acknowledge exactly what kind of a person Ken is. When I first started buying GEC knives in 2007, Ken gave me a call one day just to introduce himself and offer up any help or information I might need. I took advantage of his knowledge on numerous occassions and to this day, still do. When I had one of the first Wounded Warrior Project auctions, Ken was on the phone and offered a knife to auction off. At the first announcement of the Ice Out Contest, Ken offered up a prize. And this isn’t the only prize or auction items Ken’s donated. DONATED. I have NEVER solicited him for a prize or an award. He’s always stepped forward and asked if he could help. See a pattern????
When Ken purchased Queen Cutlery, I got a phone call with an invitation to become a Queen dealer, was welcomed with open arms and flattered at the invite. I’ve never had a face to face meeting with Ken but I consider him a close friend and a valued mentor. In more ways than one, Ken’s one of a kind when it comes to selflessly promoting the knife industry and supporting the people that enjoy knives….and having a good time. While I may have a few years on him, he’s taught me a lot about knives and the knife business, for which I’ll always be greatful.
The reason I wanted to bring all of this up is for the people that have never met, talked to or might not know who Ken Daniels is, is to let you know how lucky the knife world is to have an industry promoter like him. It’s that willingness to move beyond corporate profits and self interest to educate, encourage young collectors and bring enthusiasm to the table that sets Ken and Queen Cutlery above the pack. If you ever get a chance to meet Ken at a show, by all means take a minute to step up say hi and thank you. Cause I’ll bet if we’re all really nice to him, this won’t be the last time he’ll join in the fun!!! Many thanks Ken!!!
This is it folks!! You have until Midnite CST tonite 4/15/14 to get your entry to the Ice Out Contest posted before it’s too late. Barely 12 hours left to make your final calculations.
We had +9F for a low last nite. Snow coming in tonite and tomorrow. When’s the ice going out??? Believe me, it’s anyone’s guess. You might as well take a shot at a prize and the prestigious title of “Iceologist”. Click Here to go to the official entry page and leave a comment with your best guess. And may the best guess win!!! or….. maybe that should read ‘the best guess WILL win’.
A couple of weeks back I said I’d give away one of the Knife Leather Traditions sheaths to someone that purchased a #45 Lumber Jack. I have a couple of the Lumber Jacks left in stock so I’ll hold off on the drawing until Friday just in case you’re waiting to ‘pull the trigger’ on one.
The winner will receive either a Light Brown Single Blade or a Black 2 Blade sheath, depending on which knife they purchased. It’ll be one or the other as those are the two Prototype sheaths I have on hand. Fair warning, you’ve got until Thursday nite to be considered in the drawing. And yes, you had to have purchased the knife from TSA Knives!
I’ve decided to continue to keep adding pictures to the Photo contest page just as a point of interest. Barry in Washington state sent me 3 great photo’s about a week ago. Unfortunately, the voting for the contest was already underway and to go back in and add more entries would have created some problems. BUT, I really felt the quality of the photo’s deserved listing.
If anyone else wants to submit photo’s, I’ll be more than glad to post them and who knows, we might do something with them at a later date!!!