- Associated Press - Sunday, March 30, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The tripod on the Tanana River is on thin ice.

There’s only about a week left to buy tickets for Alaska’s largest guessing game, the Nenana Ice Classic. The jackpot goes to the person who most closely guesses when the ice breaks up on the river in Nenana, or when the wooden tripod on the ice moves enough to stop a clock it’s connected with on the shore, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported (http://is.gd/xO2gLR ).

Game manager Cherrie Forness said three measurements taken Thursday produced an average ice thickness of 40.2 inches, the thinnest ice has been at this time of the year since 2006.

“It’s a little thin,” she said. “I’m kind of thinking it might be an early breakup.

“Then again, it might not be,” Forness added. “It could get cold again in April; it usually does for a week or so.”

That cold snap came last year, and pushed breakup to the latest it had ever been in the 97 years of the contest. The tripod didn’t move enough to stop the clock until May 20.

The deadline to purchase tickets is April 5. In many years, there are multiple winners, but a couple from Kenai pocketed the entire $318,500 jackpot last year.

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Online:

www.nenanaakiceclassic.com

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com