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Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Car drops through ice on West Okoboji April 2

Tue 4-2-2019 Okoboji,IA

(Okoboji)-The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Car dropped through the ice on Tuesday afternoon, KUOO's Becky Thoreson has details:

Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Car falls through ice on West Okoboji April 2 

The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Car fell through the ice of West Okoboji on Tuesday afternoon around 4 o'clock.

Club Secretary Leo Kofoot says the next step in the annual contest is the retrieval of the car from the icy waters.  "It's up to Bob Kirschbaum when he can get down there now with his wrecker and send a diver down to hook a chain on to it and then they can pull it out.  When they get it pulled out and up on the shore, then we'll get in there to get the clock out, and then officially determine what time it went down."

Kofoot is also in charge of the clock.  "It's just a very simple little $2.95 clock and we have it rigged with a couple of contacts in there and when the water gets on those contacts, it cuts the power to the clock and it stops right then."

He notes that the annual event is a fundraiser for the Club.  "We sell 720 tickets at $10 each and we got them all sold.  We'll use the money probably this year for the Shelby Duis Playground at Elinor Bedell State Park."

The ticket with the closest time to the actual drop will win a $1,000 prize.

Crews will retrieve the car around 5:30 pm today (Wed.).

Last year the car didn't drop through the ice until April 26th.