HAMMOND| South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority has announced the winners of the 2012 Ugly Lamp contest that is ran in conjunction with the "A Christmas Story" Comes Home exhibit.
For the Born Ugly lamp category, Bob Urban, of Schererville, was awarded the prize. Urban’s lamp appears to blend multiple styles to create a large lamp, including even some glam. With Roman, Victorian and Indian characteristics, the voters decided that the ingredients to this melting pot of a lamp should have been left in the cupboard.
The Made Ugly lamp category allows for more creative ingenuity. Taking home first place was Bill Sonntag, of Lake Station. Sonntag’s lamp pays homage to hunters everywhere with the base being the skull of a deer. Adorning the antlers, both a rifle and a coonskin cap complete this Made Ugly entry.
The winners in both the Born Ugly and Made Ugly categories each receive a desk size leg lamp.
Amid the 36 decorated trees in the exhibit hall of the Indiana Welcome Center during the exhibit, visitors have selected their favorite. Recipient of top honors, Schoop’s Hamburgers, of Hammond, was voted the best decorated Christmas tree. With mini hamburgers, Schoop’s bags, forks and straws, the tree will now also wear a large blue ribbon recognizing it for its creativity.
All lamps and trees will remain on display at the Indiana Welcome Center until Jan. 6. The Indiana Welcome Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.