Appreciation event promotes new Metigoshe Melt

LAKE METIGOSHE – The public is invited to an appreciation ceremony Saturday to thank sponsors of the new Metigoshe Melt contest under way at Lake Metigoshe. The ceremony at noon at the Narrows by the Lake Metigoshe bridge will include chili and other refreshments. Warming areas will be available.

The event will honor the sponsors whose financial contributions helped cover the costs of reformatting a former Can Plunge contest into the new Metigoshe Melt.

In 2009, the Lake Metigoshe Lions Club began partnering with another non-profit organization to sell raffle tickets for the Can Plunge, a contest to guess when the Can would fall through the ice on Lake Metigoshe as it melts. The Lions Club averages 28 members, so having additional people from another organization to help sell, always equated to higher ticket sales. After the first-place prize was awarded, half the proceeds would go to the partner organization to benefit their cause, and the other half to the Lions Club.

In the last 10 years, the Lake Metigoshe Lions Club has donated over $50,000 to more than 35 local clubs and organizations by means of this fundraiser and others. In late 2017, the Lions Club Can Committee discussed the idea of changing the contest format.

When the Can Plunge contest started it was sponsored by Coca-Cola, and the person who purchased a raffle ticket and had the closest guess won $500. Through the years there have been two other sponsors, Pepsi and Pride Dairy, but the first-place prize remained the same $500. Now changing the first-place prize to a 50/50 jackpot, the club’s only limit is determined by the State of North Dakota, which is a prize winning of up to $25,000 for one person.

Also, in the former Can Plunge contest, a person’s contact information and guess were submitted at the point of purchase. People would wait as long as they could to be able to judge the rate of the ice melt, so there was usually an increase in sales starting mid-March.

The tickets for Metigoshe Melt still require contact information, along with a guess, but the individual doesn’t have to make a guess at the point of purchase. Participants can now buy tickets in advance, take them home to study the history of winning times and dates, the Farmer’s Almanac, etc., then return their ticket stubs and guesses to a drop-off location where a Metigoshe Melt container has been placed. All containers will be picked up after midnight April 1.

Tickets are available for purchase from most local Bottineau and Lake Metigoshe businesses. Tickets can also be purchased from Lake Metigoshe Lions Club members and in nine surrounding towns. A list of the ticket locations are found on the website

A “Ticket Request Form” also can be downloaded from the website and mailed in, along with payment to the Lake Metigoshe Lions. This form and payment will reserve their tickets. A confirmation of an entry will be e-mailed or messaged to the contact information provided on the form. The deadline to mail in guesses is March 31.

Anyone who purchases a ticket is also eligible for a random drawing of 24 additional prizes that have been donated by local businesses.

The Can is located at the Narrows. A webcam has been installed on a nearby utility pole so at any time, a person can go online to view the Can live. There is a link to the webcam on the new website and, there is also an App that can be downloaded to check the temperature and view the Can 24 hours a day. There is a clock attached to the Can that will stop and denote the day, hour and minute that the Can goes through the ice.

Upcoming Bottineau-area events

March 1-4 – Bottineau Community Theatre presents Seussical the Musical at the James Holwell Auditorium.

March 3 – Bottineau County Family Snowmobilers’ Vintage Snowmobile Show & Tired Iron Ride at the Bottineau County Veterans Memorial Building.

March 3 – Make Tracks and Snow Shoe the Refuge at J. Clark Salyer Wildlife Refuge.

March 3 – Cork n Bottle in Kramer celebrates its first anniversary, gearing up for Kramer’s 110th anniversary celebration in July 2018.