Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Ugly lamps star of Kentucky State Fair
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (UPI) -- Lamps so ugly most people wouldn't dare dream to decorate their homes with them were the toast of the town at this year's Kentucky State Fair, organizers say.

Patty Schnatter, who served as master of ceremonies for Lynn's Paradise Cafe's Ugly Lamp Contest at the fair Saturday, said contestants from various states produced lamps of unspeakable horrors in pursuit of first place, The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal reported.

"We really have a good time with it. It's a blast," Schnatter said. "You never know what will come in."

One lamp entered by Chris McQueen of Jeffersonville, Ind., featured a variety of holiday and celebratory themes and the participant said he was shocked his "hideous" entry fell short of a top spot.

"I thought for sure we had it in the bag," McQueen said. "I mean, this thing is hideous."

The Courier-Journal said the grand prize went to a lamp with an American eagle base and a shade made of old ties.

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