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Ugly Lamp Contest, Kentucky State Fair

There’s no need to banish that tacky fringed lamp to the attic or garage. It just might be the big winner at this long-running showdown. Sponsored by Lynn’s Paradise Café, a quirky Louisville institution, the Ugly Lamp Contest draws approximately 100 entries a year in three categories: Born Ugly, Made Ugly, and Gam Glam (leg lamps, in conjunction with the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s production of A Christmas Story). A team of six bachelors does the judging—“because they know ugly,” says Patty Schnatter, CIO/COO of Lynn’s Paradise Café.

Where: Louisville, KY

When: mid-August

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