The Johnson vintage snowmobile that was on the Portage Canal near the Lift Bridge in Houghton sank into the water at 2:40 pm on Wednesday, March 29th. The sled had been put on the ice as part of the Houghton Rotary’s “Sink the Sled” Contest which began in February.
The grand prize winner is Jomarie Wakeham of Hancock. Jomarie won $750 for her guess of March 29th at 2:45 p.m. The other half of the contest proceeds will support the Houghton Rotary’s high school scholarship fund. Jomarie entered her winning prediction on the contest website on March 1st.
The winner was determined by a time stamped video from the city of Houghton’s web cam located on the Lift Bridge. Geoff Gwaltney, Senior Research Engineer at the Keweenaw Research Center gave the Rotary Club the Johnson snowmobile and Sayen’s Auto Sales in Houghton provided the power-washing of the sled to make it eco-friendly. REL, Inc. of Calumet built and contributed the platform the sled was perched on above the ice and Decor Products in Wausaukee, WI donated the SinkTheSled.com signs which were displayed on the platform. The snowmobile and platform will be removed from the water this spring.
The Houghton Rotary Club thanks everyone who entered the contest and appreciates those individuals, businesses, media outlets and the city of Houghton who supported this fundraiser in its inaugural year. The Rotary Club plans to do the “Sink the Sled” Contest again next winter.