"Superior Sinker" Aims to Raise Money for Chamber

Updated: February 20, 2020 08:07 PM

For the 2nd year in a row, the Superior Jaycees have placed a car on the ice near Barker's Island and invited the public to guess when it will fall through. The car is known as the "Superior Sinker” and it aims to raise money for the Superior Chamber of Commerce.


“We hadn't had a winter fundraiser in a while and obviously there's plenty of ice and snow and cold to go around so we were trying to find a way to kind of capitalize on that,” Lukas Saunders, co-president of the Superior Jaycees said.

Raffle tickets are sold to people who would like to make guesses on dates the car will meet its fate. They are available for purchase at Barker’s Island and the Torvinen, Jones, Routh, Torvinen & Saunders Law Office until March 25th. One is $5, three is $10 and seven is $20.

“The most difficult part of getting this started last year was we didn’t know who we needed to get permission from. We didn’t know who has authority over that part of the water and we went through the army core of engineers, we went through the DNR, we went through the city, we went through the state and ultimately, we got approval for it,” Saunders said.

According to Saunders, the car is more of a frame than a car with no engine, transmission, glass or fluids. For this reason, he says it will not harm the water in any way.

“It’s totally stripped down—just metal and then there’s some hooks stripped onto it so it’s easy to hook up and pull out once it falls through,” Saunders said.

The Superior Jaycees check on the car daily to see how it is doing. Four cash prizes will be given to the people who guess the day closest to the day the car falls through. If there are ties, names will be drawn out of a hat.

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