The prize for guessing the exact minute that the ice goes out on the Kuskokwim River just went up, according to a story published by KYUK Public Media. Organizers of the Kuskokwim Ice Classic say that the prize for guessing breakup in front of Bethel is $12,500, up from $10,000 last year.


The tripod is going up in the middle of the month, along with live-streaming on the web. The deadline for returning tickets with a guess for when breakup will occur is April 17 at 7 p.m.


Tickets for the Kuskokwim Ice Classic are available by phone at 907-545-8483, or by purchasing them at either the Bethel Community Services Foundation or Swanson’s. Drop boxes will be available at both locations for guesses. Tickets can also be mailed in, according to the event’s website.


In the event that there are multiple correct guesses, the prize will be split among the winners.


Youth groups in Bethel, Kalskag, Napaskiak, Aniak and Hooper Bay participating in this year’s ice classic will keep half the money that they earn from ticket sales.