BRIDGTON — The fourth annual ICE OUT contest is under way now that the Bridgton Community Center snowman is on the ice at Moose Pond.

A crew comprised of Bridgton Community Center directors Merry Vigneau, Mike Tarantino and Steve Collins, Bridgton Academy students Shane Keenan, Brett Smith, Jacob Grills, Parrish Rogers-Reed and Headmaster Grady Vigneau, under the direction of ICE OUT designer, Fred Hammerle, went on the ice on Jan. 29.

Steve Collins reports that Frosty was sitting on a solid eight inches of ice as of Jan. 29.

In 2009 Frosty was injured in the Festival of Lights parade and had to undergo major surgery. Rumor is that the injury resulted in permanent damage and he may throw in the mitten and move south.

If that happens, the BCC board of directors will be looking for a new snowman. BCC Funding Committee Chairman Ken Murphy said, “We love Frosty and wish him well, but we are looking for a 21st century replacement.”

ICE OUT is an annual fundraiser for the center. Tickets are $2 each, or six for $10. Guess the date that the ICE OUT device goes through the ice on Moose Pond and win. The prize is half the proceeds from ticket sales.

Tickets, contest rules and previous ice-out dates are available at the Bridgton Community Center, 15 Depot St., Black Horse Tavern, Trailside, Linda’s Salon and the Magic Lantern Movie Theater.

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