Car going out on ice Saturday for Rotary contest

The 2017 vehicle just after being placed on the Chapin Pit ice for the Iron Mountain Rotary Car Plunge Contest. (Daily News photo)

The Iron Mountain Rotary Car Plunge contest will officially start Saturday morning with the car being placed on the Chapin Pit ice.

The public is invited to watch the process, set to begin at 10 a.m., as the car is eased onto the ice. A great viewing spot is on the Hardee’s side of the pit, organizers said.

The car will be just behind the Iron Mountain Department of Public Works parking area.

A $1,500 prize is available for the individual who comes closest to predicting the date and time the car “plunges” through the ice. Canisters will be distributed around the community for people to enter their guesses. People also will be able to enter online for easier participation.

The car went through the ice in 2017 on April 2.

All money raised goes back into the community. The Rotary sponsors Little League, has provided and installed playground equipment for Northside Park in Iron Mountain and Triangle Park in Kingsford, built the bridge over the water at Fumee Creek and built the viewing platform by the bat cave on Millie Hill.

The group also offers yearly college scholarships to both Iron Mountain and Kingsford High School seniors and supports Tour de Dickinson, Out to Lunch concerts and many other community efforts.