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Mommy’s Little Piggy Eating Contest & Special Production of ‘A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play’ This Saturday

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The "Mommy's Little Piggy" mashed potato eating contest will feature plates mounded with mashed potatoes and contestants of different age groups showing how the piggies eat. On Saturday, Dec. 17, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority will host the contest that pays tribute to the holiday classic A Christmas Story scene in which Mrs. Parker devises a plan to ensure an uncooperative Randy finishes his supper. Much to Mr. Parker's dismay, she asks Randy to show her how the piggies eat and soon his giggles and messy face offer proof of Mrs. Parker's success.

Participants in the contest will compete against one another, with empty plates of mashed potatoes as the goal. There are four age groups: 4-7, 8-12, 13-17 and 18+. For the age groups 4-7, 8-12 and 13-17, participants will race to see who can finish one plate of mashed potatoes in the quickest amount of time. The winner of the 18+ category will be determined by who can eat the most plates of mashed potatoes within the 3-minute time limit. Winners from each age group will be awarded prizes. Previous winners are ineligible to win contests.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Participants are asked to bring canned goods and non-perishable food as the entry fee. All food collected will benefit the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.

An encore performance of "A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play" will be held in the theater at the Indiana Welcome Center on Dec. 17 at 1:00 p.m. The play is free and open to the public with limited seating, for the first 100 guests. Guests are asked to bring a canned food item for the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. "A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play" will be performed by the Crown Point Community Theatre.

The "Mommy's Little Piggy" mashed potato eating contest is part of theA Christmas Story Comes Home exhibit, which is presented in agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products. The exhibit will be on display until Dec. 31, in the W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall at the Indiana Welcome Center. The design takes visitors to the streets of downtown Hohman, a fictional Indiana town which was a disguise for Hammond.

For more information or to register for the "Mommy's Little Piggy" mashed potato eating contest, or for more information on the exhibit, weekend and holiday hours or other special events, contact the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority at 219-989-7770 or visit www.AChristmasStoryComesHome.com.

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About the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority

The South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority, as the official destination marketing organization, leads and supports the visitor industry through the marketing and development of the county from convention, sports, gaming and special interest travel segments, thereby increasing economic impact, creating employment and enhancing the communities' quality of life.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

A CHRISTMAS STORY and all related characters and elements © & TM Turner Entertainment Co. (s16)

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