May 112014

Two Bethel men, Alvin Jimmie Sr. and Harry Pavilla, are the winners of the 2014 Kuskokwim Ice Classic. They will split the jackpot of $6,927.50- winning $3,463.75 each.

Alvin and Harry guessed the exact time that tripod movement on the Kuskokwim River stopped the clock – May 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm.

There were 134 guesses returned to the Ice Classic for May 2nd and more than 3,200 total guesses submitted this year.

The 2014 Kuskokwim Ice Classic had the second-largest jackpot in 10 years.

Bethel Regional High School’s Native Youth Olympics, Music and Special Olympics programs will benefit from the $6,347.50 BRHS will earn for their database entry efforts, student ticket sales and ticket sales at Swanson’s, Crowley and ID Variety.

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May 042014

See More Photos on the Kuskokwim Ice Classic Facebook page!

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The clock has stopped!

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May 022014

The tripod’s movement stopped the clock at 5:00 pm today, May 2nd.

The Breakup Bash will be Sunday, May 4 from 3 pm-5:30 pm at the river wall. There will be juice, hot dogs and music. Come join the fun on Sunday!

Bethel Regional High School has not completed the database that will determine the winner or winners who guessed May 2 at 5 pm (or the closest guess to that without going over). Please stay tuned for a few more days to find out about the lucky Ice Classic Winner (or Winners)!

May 022014

There is Breakup excitement happening now in Bethel! Around 12:50 p.m. today the tripod moved about 100 feet and out of sight of the webcam. That distance isn’t enough to stop the clock- the tripod needs to move about 100 yards for that- but people are checking the river – probably the times of their guesses, too- and BCSF staff are talking about the Breakup Bash. The Breakup Bash will not be scheduled until after the official clock is stopped- and we have no way of knowing exactly when the tripod will move again- so check back here, on the Kuskokwim Ice Classic Facebook page, or KYUK announcements for more information about that event.

In other news, Bethel Regional High School (the beneficiary of Ice Classic proceeds) has not yet completed entries for the Ice Classic “guess” database. After the clock is stopped, a winner cannot be announced until that database is finished. Word from BRHS is that they hope to be finished with entries by Wednesday, May 7th.


Apr 252014

There is $6,302.50 in winnings at stake in the 2014 Kuskokwim Ice Classic. The winner will take home the entire $6,302.50 or split it, if there are multiple guesses for the same winning time.

Last year’s Ice Classic winner earned $6,243.50.

tripod April 24

Tripod photo taken April 24, 2014.

Bethel Regional High School will earn $5,722.50 for their student ticket sales and Ice Classic database entry efforts. BRHS student activities groups that will benefit from the earnings this year are Music, Native Youth Olympics and Special Olympics. Staff are still entering guesses into the Ice Classic database.¬† The database should be complete before the river breaks up, which means the winner announcement should be made soon after the tripod’s movement stops the Ice Classic clock.

The Breakup Bash Celebration, sponsored by BCSF, will take place at the riverfront. An announcement about the time for the Breakup Bash will happen after the Ice Classic clock is stopped. Most years, the celebration happens the same day the river breaks- but that is dependent on the time of day that the river goes out.




Apr 232014

The deadline of April 22, at 7 pm has passed for all Ice Classic ticket sales and guess drop-offs. Tickets can no longer be purchased and guesses can no longer be submitted.

Many thanks to Swanson’s and Crowley for selling tickets since March 31 and to AC for allowing BRHS students to sell tickets at the store, as well as ID Variety who also started selling tickets during the event.

Bethel Regional High School student activities will be the proceeds beneficiary this year. The winner will take home half of the earnings from all ticket sales. The winner will be the closest guess -without going over- to the time shown when the tripod movement stops the clock. Please note that the time that shows on the webcam featuring the tripod is not the official clock.

Watch for an announcement  in the next few days about the amount available for the winner!

Depending on the time the river breaks, the BreakUp Bash Celebration will happen the same day as breakup or the next day at the riverfront. Most years, the celebration is held on the same day the clock is stopped.