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Meltdown Contest


Hammond Acres Club, Inc. welcomes you to the Meltdown

2017 Meltdown as of 01.28.2018.


Click here for 2018 Meltdown tickets (PDF file)


Click on the year below to see updates from current and previous years events.




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Since Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this year (which means that there’s still 6 weeks of winter ahead of us), it’s time to begin the 13th annual Meltdown.

The block sits on a wooden pallet that holds a flag.  The flag is simply a marker that shows where the block is in the event it gets completely covered in snow.  The block is connected to an electric clock by a rope.  The clock is plugged into an outlet in the gatehouse on the dam holding back Hammond Pond.  Once the block falls through the ice or the ice floe moves away from the dam, the tension on the cord will pull the plug out of the wall socket and stop the clock.  It’s that straightforward.
This year’s fundraiser will go towards the purchase of a new automated external defibrillator (AED) for the New Hingham Regional Elementary School in Chesterfield. The school, which teaches kids from pre-Kindergarten to 6th grade, already has one AED that was donated to them by the Chesterfield Fire Department. State officials are now requiring a second AED that will available at school-sponsored events including field trips.

Regular updates will be posted on the
Meltdown's Facebook page.  Additional tickets can also be downloaded from this site using the link above.  Participants that include an e-mail address on their ticket stub will be added to a private e-mail distribution list that is used to provide periodic updates and snapshots of the block.  The current list includes several hundred addresses of people who are regularly entertained by these updates.  The sooner your tickets are returned, the sooner you can become part of that exclusive group.
The deadline for ticket submissions is April 1st.  Back in 2012, the block fell through the ice on March 19th – almost two weeks before the deadline.  Last year, the contest ended on March 11th.  While I can only do so much to regulate the impact climate change is having on our contest, what I can say is that ice has been on Hammond Pond this winter season since just after Thanksgiving.  Tickets received after April 1st (unless they were postmarked on or before that date) will be returned.  This date is weather dependent and will be irrelevant if the block falls through the ice before the deadline.
Here are some statistics from the past 11 years of Meltdown events to consider as you make your selections:

- The most popular dates were 4/15 (621), 4/10 (604), 4/12 (598), 4/1 (588) and 4/13 (562).
- 68% of all guesses have been for dates between April 1st and April 21st (hint, hint).
- Daylight savings time starts on Sunday, March 12th.  Keep that in mind when making your selection

The official ends of the previous contests were as follows:

     2016 - 3/11 at  12:58AM
     2015 - 4/17 at   4:17AM
     2014 - 4/14 at 11:51AM
     2013 - 4/16 at 12:19PM
     2012 - 3/19 at   2:14PM
     2011 - 4/14 at 12:44PM
     2010 - 4/02 at 11:52AM
     2009 - 4/05 at 11:02AM
8 - 4/16 at   3:04PM
     2007 - 4/21 at 12:00PM
     2006 - 4/01 at   8:18PM
     2005 - 4/12 at   4:47PM

Other significant dates to consider are as follows:
 3/18 at 11:00AM – Start time for the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day parade
 3/20 at   6:29AM – First day of Spring
 4/10 at   1:05PM – First pitch on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium against the Tampa Bay Rays
 4/03 at   2:05PM – First pitch on Opening Day at Fenway Park in Boston against the Pittsburgh Pirates
 4/15 at   2:45AM – Day and time the Titanic sank in 1912

Mail ticket stubs to P.O. Box 923, Williamsburg, MA  01096-0923
Please make checks payable to “HAMMOND ACRES CLUB”