September 23, 2019
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Maine community creates massive ice carousel on frozen lake

SINCLAIR, Maine — Residents in a Maine town believe they’ve created the world’s largest ice carousel on a frozen lake.

About 100 volunteers cut a circle in the ice that’s 427 feet in diameter, and they used four outboard boat motors to get it rotating Saturday. It happened on Long Lake in Sinclair in northern Maine.

[Ice carousel creators ready for round 2]

Mike Cyr, one of the organizers, announced, “we got ‘er spinning!”

He says the ice carousel is big enough to break the world record held by a town in Finland. A surveying team confirmed the measurements on Saturday.

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Volunteers used augurs to bore more than 1,300 holes, along with chainsaws and other equipment, to cut the massive hole in lake ice that was 30 inches thick. They waited for warmer weather to get it spinning.

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