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Masons’ annual snowman meltdown contest begins PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 3:35 PM

CRYSTAL FALLS—You can’t build a snowman without snow.
 After a much anticipated wait for snow, a familiar sight has returned to Iron County residents traveling U.S. 2 in Crystal Falls –the “snowman” at the Crystal Falls-Iron River Masonic Lodge.
 Each year, Lodge No. 385 conducts a meltdown contest, with a portion of the funds raised donated to local charities or projects benefitting Iron County residents.

 Here’s how the contest works:
 Area Masons are selling tickets for $2 each or three for $5, “and all you have to do is pick the month, day, hour and minute the snowman melts, and you win half of all the money raised by selling tickets,” said Mark Nylund, worshipful master.
 The mechanics of the contest are exact, as underneath the snowman is a spring-loaded switch hooked up to a clock in the lodge.
 When the last of the snow melts off the switch platform, the spring breaks the circuit, stopping the clock in the lodge at the exact minute of the meltdown.
 The person closest to the time of the meltdown wins.
 “Last year, the meltdown occurred in mid-April, but it has been as early as mid-March. Only Old Man Winter knows for sure. So, put on your meteorological hats and buy a ticket or two. It’s fun. You might win and it benefits local activities.”
 For tickets, call Scott Kenney, (906) 367-4393 or Ray Westphal at 265-4528, or any other area Mason.
 “Good luck.”