World’s Record: Shortest Contest

Call Guinness, no not Wendy’s dog, and not the beer company in Ireland the World Record People. I’m sure we just set a record for the shortest contest ever. Yesterday evening we posted a contest inviting visitors to our web site to guess the day that ice would cover our lake, gateway to Algonquin Park #1.

“As I looked out towards Algonquin today, the lake had a thin covering of snow which gave the illusion that perhaps there was ice below and winter was here. A little later as the wind came up, the snow was swallowed up by the lake and only the snow on the trees and at the lakeshore gave the impression that winter is near.

I am thinking we should have a contest to see who can guess when the permanent cover of ice will appear on Kawawaymog Lake (Algonquin Park Access #1).

I’ll look out each day and determine the first day that there is full coverage of ice and indeed it will need to stay that way to be the official date.

We generally don’t head out on the ice for skating and the like until the last week of December when about three inches of ice is in place. (That’s your hint)”

Well, today is the day, a mere 12 hours later and the contest was over.

Fear not those thirsting for a contest. We’ve decided it’s best to ensure our next contest lasts a bit longer. So, we’re inviting our web visitors to guess the day the ice will leave the lake in the spring. Ice Out will happen between March 1 and the end of May. Guess the day the ice will leave our lake and if you are the first person with the correct date you will win a $250 gift certificate! Limit one guess per person. Hurry, guess as early as possible. You wouldn’t want to have the correct date, but have someone guess earlier than you. Email your guess to Wendy.

For contest details: there are none. Closest guesser wins the prize. Prize winner to be announced with much fanfare the day the ice leaves.

Hey Wendy, Maybe we can post the list of dates that people are choosing some how. I’ll talk to our web guru about that.

Put your research into action, call environment Canada, hound the folks at Algonquin Park or check the weather reports. Join in the fun.

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