Elk River’s Unique Fundraiser: Put Car On Melting Ice

ELK RIVER (WCCO) — Many people are stopping by Lake Orono in Elk River and they’re wondering: What’s that thing sitting on the ice? Turns out the Elk River Chamber of Commerce put a car out on the frozen lake, to raise funds.

Time is not on the side of the old Pontiac Grand Prix. The sun is slowly melting away the two feet of ice that’s holding the car up.

“It does have the Elk River that flows through it, so, with the currents, it does eat at the ice a little bit quicker. I think in a couple of weeks it will be under,” said Dusty Bredlow of the Elk River Chamber of Commerce.

Guess what time the grand prix sinks and you could win some cold hard cash.

“Not the date, just the minutes,” said Debbi Rydberg, the president of the Elk River Chamber of Commerce.

“I brought one so far, but I plan to buy another one. I wanted to make sure they hand enough left over,” said Charlie Schuldt.

The city is raffling off the time tickets, hoping to build up funds.

“We’re trying to raise at least $8,000,” said Rydberg.

There is no cheating in this game. Placed in the car, a timer will record the exact time the car sinks.

“There are cameras. Some local law enforcement helped us out with that,” said Rydberg.

The DNR also helped out to make sure the car doesn’t pollute the lake.

“All the engine has been removed, all the icky stuff out of it, so it’s safe,” said Rydberg.

The winner will get $2,100. There are still plenty of tickets available. Anyone interested is encouraged to contact the Elk River Chamber of Commerce for more details.

Sonya Goins, Producer
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  • whocares

    It isn’t unique, Buffalo has been doing this for years.

  • chinwhiskers

    A Buffalo out on the ice????

  • Tailgunner

    Buffalo puts a tractor on the ice…

  • TheOldScowl

    The cheeseheads have been doing this for 20+ years. Some local organization in Menominee, WI has had a ‘sink the clunker’ fundraiser at least since 1989 or 1990. My father always had to look for it when visiting the place and laugh at what passed for entertainment and betting.

  • Jen

    I think this is a really unique idea! Thanks for sharing!!

  • BuffaloCitizen

    Buffalo also puts a car on thin ice.

  • RiverRat

    A bar did this a long time ago on the Mississippi river by Lake City. No DNR approval so they got fined for pollution and then the car got stuck on the bottom in the rocks and could not be pulled out… more fines. This is now banned on the Mississippi.

  • scdsjs

    unique i think not this is done in many differnt places and has been for years

  • Donna

    Did you read abot the latest? OMG…why can’t people just let things be…..

    The chamber office was contacted by an investigator from Minnesota Gambling Enforcement Wednesday, March 30, 2011 about our Ice Break 2011 event. The gentleman informed us that a complaint had been registered.

    Thanks now the even has been canceled, I was having fun driving past in the morning then again in the evening and looking over to see if today was that day…..

  • Andy Anderson

    I see nothing wrong with this fundraising idea. as long as the drivetrain was pullede out and the car cleaned and chains put on to remove car have fun.

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