Maine community creates massive ice carousel on frozen lake

This photo provided by Paul Cyr shows a massive ice carousel that's 427 feet in diameter on Saturday, April 7, 2018, on a frozen lake in Sinclair, Maine. Volunteers say it’s large enough to beat the old record held by a town in Finland; four outboard engines were used to make it rotate. (AP Photo/Paul Cyr)

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 (130 metres) in diameter, and they used four outboard boat motors to get it rotating on Saturday. It happened in Sinclair in northern Maine.

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.

Volunteers used augurs to bore more than 1,300 holes, along with chain saws 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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