This year’s winner of Petersburg’s annual contest to guess the town’s salmon can pack count was not too far off the mark.
The Canned Salmon Classic awards cash prizes for the guess closest to the actual number of one pound cans of salmon packed in Petersburg’s canneries. Icicle Seafoods was the only participating processor this year since Ocean Beauty did not operate its Petersburg plant in 2012.
This year’s can pack was 8,243,248 cans. The winning guess came from Petersburg resident Mary Ann Rainey while second place went to Susan Shey.
Icicle Seafoods Petersburg plant manager Patrick Wilson announced the winners during the Humpy 500 race at the community gym Saturday afternoon. “So Susan’s guess was 12-hundred 54 cans away from the final pack and Mary Ann’s was 62 cans, so Mary Ann’s was darn close. So congratulations to those 2012 winners,” Wilson said.
First place wins a two thousand dollar cash prize and second place wins one thousand dollars. Icicle was the only cannery participating this year since Ocean Beauty’s cannery was not open.
Last year’s can pack was over 13 million and it was over 11 million the year before.