74th Annual Nor Door Ice Out Contest Underway

Posted on 11. Feb, 2012 by in Local Business

Quick! The ice has finally formed, and it’s time to wager your guess for when the ice will officially “go out” of Sister Bay.

Sister Bay Ice Out ContestVoting boxes are in businesses around Sister Bay, waiting for your votes. In 2011, the Ice Out raft started floating at 4:15 pm on Saturday, April 9. When do you think it will float this year?

For 2012, the following businesses are offering prizes to the person who guesses the date and time of day closest to when the official Ice Out raft marks the ice leaving the bay. A winner will be chosen from each business’ box:

  1. Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant – $25 gift certificate
  2. Bay Shore Outdoor Store – 2 hour kayak rental
  3. Bhirdo’s Shell – $25 gas card
  4. Husby’s Food & Spirits – Large specialty pizza
  5. JJ’s La Puerta – $20 gift card
  6. Lamperts Yard Inc.– MP3/AM/FM Digital Radio & Hearing Protector
  7. On Deck Clothing Company – $30 gift card
  8. Passtimes BooksSteve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  9. Sister Bay Automotive – Free oil change
  10. Sister Bay Bowl – $25 gift card
  11. Village Clothier – $25 gift card
  12. Yacht Works – Decorative bird & piling sculpture

What is the “Ice Out” Contest, you ask? Businesses around northern Door host a voting box – where voters fill out a slip of paper with their name, phone number and the date and time of day they believe the ice will “go out” of the bay in the early spring. A winner is chosen from each host business and that person will receive the prize donated by that host business.

Past Ice Out winning dates:

  • 1943– April 22
  • 1944– April 15
  • 1945– March 26
  • 1946– March 17
  • 1947– April 21
  • 1948– April 10
  • 1949– March 31
  • 1950– April 25
  • 1951– April 12
  • 1952– April 20
  • 1953– April 3
  • 1954– April 12
  • 1955– April 12
  • 1956– April 20
  • 1957– April 4
  • 1958– April 6
  • 1959– April 22
  • 1960– April 16
  • 1961– April 15
  • 1962– April 20
  • 1963– April 7
  • 1964– April 13
  • 1965– April 23
  • 1966– March 23
  • 1967– April 5
  • 1968– April 3
  • 1969– April 13
  • 1970– April 13
  • 1971– April 18
  • 1972– May 2
  • 1973– March 30
  • 1974– April 17
  • 1975– April 27
  • 1976– April 14
  • 1977– April 18
  • 1978– April 25
  • 1979– April 25
  • 1980– April 8
  • 1981– March 31
  • 1982– April 20
  • 1983– March 29
  • 1984– April 13
  • 1985– March 31
  • 1986– April 5
  • 1987– April 1
  • 1988– April 12
  • 1989– April 7
  • 1990– April 9
  • 1992– April 21
  • 1993– April 19
  • 1994– April 16
  • 1995– April 10
  • 1996– April 30
  • 1997– April 25
  • 1998– March 30
  • 1999– March 31
  • 2000– March 20
  • 2001– April 9
  • 2002 – No Contest
  • 2011– April 9

The 74th Ice Out Contest is sponsored by the Sister Bay Advancement Association and the Door County Advocate.