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One month left in contest to find state's oldest refrigerator

FRANKLIN, WI (WTAQ) - A contest to find Wisconsin’s oldest refrigerator has about a month to go.

Hundreds of people have entered the contest by having their old ice boxes recycled by the state’s Focus on Energy program.

The contest began June 1st, and old refrigerators from throughout Wisconsin are piling up at a storage facility in the Milwaukee suburb of Franklin. Up to 60 have been set aside as candidates for the oldest refrigerator still in use, dating back to the 1930’s and maybe earlier.

They’ll be judged in September, and the winner will get $1,000.

Everyone who enters gets their old fridge picked up and recycled for free.

Wisconsin utility customers help pay for the Focus on Energy program, which encourages folks to use today’s more energy-efficient appliances.

Officials estimate that about 20 percent of Wisconsinites used second refrigerators – and many are old energy-wasters.

The program’s goal is to recycle 16,000 old fridges. About 11,000 have been retired so far.