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Nenana Ice Classic sees steady sales after ticket slump in 2020

Published: Mar. 10, 2021 at 4:41 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The tripod for the Nenana Ice Classic has been placed on the Tanana River, and tickets to predict when the river will break up are now on sale.

The event has been held since 1917, and roughly 275,000 tickets are sold each year.

Cherrie Forness has been managing the event for 26 years. She said that last year sales were down by around 95,000 tickets as the state shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, however, Forness said some ticket venues are already starting to sell out.

According to Forness, most years see someone correctly guessing the exact minute the tripod stops the clock. “Generally, it floats downriver on ice. After it’s moved 100 feet, it triggers the mechanism in the tower to stop the clock, and I mean it can tip over and sit there for a week, or it can float in towards the bank and sit there for a day or two, or a couple of hours. You just never know, so that’s what’s good about this. It’s mother nature’s call.”

Tickets can be purchased at a variety of locations in Fairbanks and North Pole until April 5th.

A full list of locations can be found on the event’s website.

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