Hammond Pays Tribute To "A Christmas Story"

Town unveiled statue depicting movie's "Triple Dog Dare" scene

By Haley BeMiller
|  Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013  |  Updated 3:37 PM CDT
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A bronze statue in Hammond, Ind. illustrates the famous "triple dog dare" scene from the film "A Christmas Story."

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An Indiana town unveiled a statue Tuesday to commemorate the widely-adored Christmas film, A Christmas Story.

Tourism officials in Hammond, Ind. created the bronze statue to illustrate the famous "triple dog dare" scene from the film. During that scene, one of the main characters, Flick, agrees to lick a flagpole and gets his tongue stuck as a result.

Scott Schwartz, the actor who played the role of Flick, attended Tuesday's unveiling.

The statue's location is far from a coincidence. A Christmas Story writer Jean Shepherd wrote a compilation of short stories called In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash about his time growing up in Hammond. These stories eventually turned into the Christmas movie everyone knows and loves, with Shepherd playing an integral role in its creation. The movie's fictional town of Hohman, Ind. is entirely based on Hammond.

The statue was developed by Indiana's South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products. The group is also gearing up for its annual "A Christmas Story Comes Home" exhibit, which is scheduled to open at the Indiana Welcome Center on Nov. 9.

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