The timeless fight between picky kids and their least favorite foods was expertly shown in the holiday classic “A Christmas Story” when Mrs. Parker devises a plan to ensure Randy finishes his supper. As Mrs. Parker gently, but excitedly, asks Randy to show her how the piggies eat, Randy’s face soon shows the evidence of a victory in the fight. On Saturday, Dec. 7, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority will emulate that scene during the Mommy’s Little Piggy mashed potato eating contest.
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 a prize valued between $50 and $100. Previous winners are ineligible to win contests.
Registration begins at 10:00 a.m., and 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.
The Mommy’s Little Piggy mashed potato eating contest is part of the “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit, which is presented in agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products. The exhibit will be on display until Jan. 5, 2014 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 Bethany Randolph, special events and services manager for the South Shore CVA, at 219-554-2229 or visit www.achristmasstorycomeshome.com.