Sandra Knebel, Staff Writer
Shantel Dow, Executive Director of the Chamber/Main Street said there are no entrance fees for the contests other than an ugly sweater.
"While it is technically a Christmas party and the judges may lend favor to that theme, contestants don't actually have to wear a holiday sweater, she said. "It can be anything - so long as it is ugly enough to wow the judges. And the contestants must wear the sweater during the Office party. They can take it off after they leave if they are too embarrassed, but I think seeing such a fun sweater walking down the street will make anyone who sees it laugh and loosen up as well."
Dow added that there were about two-dozen contestants last year mingling with the crowd at The Office who came to enjoy the spirit of the season. "The competition gets tougher each year as the party gains in popularity," she said.
Asked if she had any tips, Dow said the imagination works best. However, to get inspired she suggested visiting a thrift store to find an ugly sweater that is a particularly bright, obnoxious color and start from there. You can add bells or garland or a string of lights. Poke arm holes in a Christmas tree skirt. Paste silver tinsel all over a sweater. Because Ugly Christmas Sweater contests are a current craze, you can even go online to find great ideas.