FAIRBANKS - Two ticket collection cans for the Nenana Ice Classic were delayed in their delivery to the Interior town until after the ice went out. But classic managers were relieved to find that none of the guesses in the cans, received Tuesday, matched the winning time.
The cans, from Ketchikan, contained hundreds of entry forms from those trying to guess when the ice on the Tanana River would break up, marking the arrival of spring in Interior Alaska. The ice went out at 10:47 a.m. Monday.
``We knew they were never lost, we knew they were on their way,'' said Ice Classic manager Cherrie Forness. ``One can was even Federal Expressed, and it still took two weeks.''
Contest rules state that the tickets have to be in Nenana before the ice goes out in order to be included in the contest. Ticket sales ended April 5.
This year's winners will each be mailed a check for about $18,000 on June 1.
All the winners were Alaskans, with eight from the Fairbanks area, eight from Anchorage and two from Southeast: Sandy Howard of Hoonah and Carolyn Pasquan of Juneau.
The contest has been going for 84 years.