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.