Peeps Show

The Washington Post Sunday - - Sunday Source - By Dan Zak

Wow . We were ex­pect­ing a dozen or so en­trants for our first-ever Peeps Dio­rama Con­test. We got some­where north of 350 from across the area and the world. There were co­pi­ous dio­ra­mas with an­ti­war or pa­tri­otic themes (“Give Peeps a Chance” and “Ge­orge Wash­ing­peep Cross­ing the Delaware,” for ex­am­ple). Sev­eral chron­i­cled Brit­ney Spears’s melt­down in front of the “Peeparazzi.” Two dio­ra­mas adapted a clas­sic Charl­ton He­ston movie line: “Soy­lent Green is Peeps!”

There were some that stretched the bound­aries of taste, such as the dio­rama ti­tled “Dear Metrobus: Please Stop Run­ning Over Our Peeps,” which fea­tured a card­board bus with pros­trated marsh­mal­low bun­nies in front of it. And an Army of­fi­cer sta­tioned in Kan­da­har, Afghanistan, crafted a dio­rama of Sad­dam Hus­sein’s ex­e­cu­tion, with a pur­ple bunny Peep hang­ing from a noose. As we said: Wow. Op­er­a­tions here at The Wash­ing­ton Post ground to a halt when the win­ning Peeps dio­rama, “Peeps Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” above, was un­veiled a cou­ple of weeks ago. Many big­wig jour­nal­ists stopped by our sec­tion to marvel at Charles John­ston’s restag­ing of the clas­sic mu­si­cal num­ber in “Gen­tle­men Pre­fer Blondes.” Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­i­tor Len Downie was heard to ut­ter, “That’s ex­tra­or­di­nary.”

And it is. It’s a mir­a­cle we put out a pa­per the next day.

There are so many more great dio­ra­mas than what we’ve printed here and on pages 4 and 5, and we don’t have room to gush over the crafts­man­ship and cre­ativ­ity. So all we can say is thank you — and start think­ing about next year.

BY RE­NEE COMET AND KATHRYN NOR­WOOD FOR THE WASH­ING­TON POST

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