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Meltdown Contest


Hammond Acres Club, Inc. welcomes you to the Meltdown Page

2018 Meltdown a 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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Before it’s too late and the ice is all gone, it’s time to start thinking about spring with the 14th 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.  Simple, right?
This year, our fundraising efforts will be directed towards the renovation of the Town Hall kitchen used by the Goshen Women’s Club, the Goshen Council on Aging and many others when the need arises.  The existing kitchen has served us well but its 1950’s era appliances are in desperate need of an upgrade.
Regular updates are posted here.  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 2016, the block fell through the ice on March 11th – almost three weeks before the deadline.  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 13 years of Meltdown events to consider as you make your selections:

* The most popular dates were 4/15 (672), 4/10 (645), 4/12 (643), 4/1 (640) and 4/13 (601).
* 76% of all guesses have been for dates between March 27th and April 21st.
As you can see from the table below, the block has gone as early as March 11th (2016) and as late as April 21st (2007). The official endings of the previous contests were as follows:

     2017 - 4/11 at  5:07PM
6 - 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 12:15PM – First day of Spring
 4/02 at  1:05PM – First pitch on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium against the Tampa Bay Rays
 4/05 at  2:05PM – First pitch on Opening Day at Fenway Park in Boston against the Tampa Bay Rays
 4/15 at  2:45AM – Day and time the Titanic sank in 1912

Please make checks payable to “HAMMOND ACRES CLUB”