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Iron Mike on the Ice at White Lake, Marks the Derby, Start of Centennial

February 15, 2016

Antigo Daily Journal

Antigo Daily Journal

Iron Mike is on the ice.

As a kickoff to White Lake’s celebration of its centennial year, volunteers placed the sturdy figure on the frozen waters of White Lake this week, with people invited to guess when he will tumble in..

On Saturday, Mike, who is named after longtime White Lake resident Mike Berg, will watch over the community’s annual ice fishing derby and he’ll likely remain on the ice for at least a few weeks before the springtime thaw.

Last year, the iron man fell through on April 12. But with this year’s strange winter weather, with bouts of warmth followed by frigid cold, it’s anyone’s game.

People are invited to guess when Mike will take his big tumble as determined by a timing device attached to the statue. The winner will be the closest guess to the exact time without going over.

Winning prize will be 50 percent of guesses sold up to $500 in cash. Additional prizes may be available depending on the amount of guesses sold. Guesses, at $5 each, will be taken through March 8 at area businesses and the village clerk-treasurer’s office.

Guesses, along with payment, may also be mailed to Iron Mike, c/o White Lake Village Clerk, P.O. Box 8, White Lake, Wi. 54491.

All participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Iron Mike proceeds will kick off the Bettering our Community Project for White Lake in cooperation with Thrivent Financial. Proceeds will go toward the Independence Day celebration fireworks on Saturday, July 2.

Saturday’s 41st annual fishing derby, traditionally a huge draw to the community, will run from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., headquartered in the heated pavilion. There will be door prizes all day, paddle wheels, raffles and 50/50 drawings. Food and drink will also be available.