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Maine group spins ice carousel they hope is a world record

April 10, 2021 GMT

ST. AGATHA, Maine (AP) — An intrepid group of volunteers from northern Maine took advantage of the last of the melting spring lake ice on Saturday to spin what they hope is a world record ice carousel.

The Northern Maine Ice Busters, using outboard motors and a potato harvester blower motor modified with a 24-inch (61-centimeter brass propeller successfully spun a disc of ice with a diameter of 1,234 feet (376 meters) one full revolution on Long Lake in St. Agatha.

“This just shows the ingenuity and tenacity of the people up here,” Ice Buster volunteer John Mazo told the Bangor Daily News.

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The volunteer group of between 20 and 30 initially intended to cut a smaller disc, until a group in Finland in February successfully cut and turned a disc measuring a little more than 1,000 feet (305 meters) in diameter, setting a world record.

The Finnish disc conquered a 749-foot (228-meter) record set in 2019 in Minnesota.

The World Ice Carousel Association monitors the events.

The Ice Busters will work with the Guinness World Records to verify the record.