Luther Book Shop to host seventh annual Peep Diorama contest

Luther College Book Shop will host its seventh annual PeepDiorama Contest in April, displaying dioramas made with Peeps® brand marshmallow candies and awarding prizes to the dioramas that receive the most votes.

The event will culminate with PEEPtacular Day, Friday, April 4, 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m. The day will feature Peep treats, marshmallow bars and Peep punch, displays of all Peep dioramas submitted for the contest, voting for the top dioramas from 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and Book Shop specials throughout the day.

The Book Shop invites Decorah-area residents to join the fun and submit a Peepdiorama. This year's contest will feature a community category in addition to the category for Luther entries.

The Peep Diorama Contest and PEEPtacular Day are open to the public with no charge for admission, and Luther invites community members to visit the Book Shop April 4 to see the creative and entertaining Peeps dioramas.

The Book Shop will accept diorama entries through April 3. Dioramas must be created using Peeps marshmallow candies, plus props and artwork, and should portray a theme, story or slogan.  Previous years' top entries have included "Peeps and Circumstance," "Let My PEEP-le Go," and "Evolution of the Peep."

All dioramas must be submitted to the contest by 4:45 p.m. April 3 at the Book Shop, located on the main level of the Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther campus. Visit the Book Shop website, www.lutherbookshop.com, to view complete contest rules, a list of the prizes and pictures from last year's event, or call (563) 387-1036 for contest information.

Prizes will be awarded to the dioramas that receive the most votes.  The company that makes Peeps® brand marshmallow candies, Just Born candies, is providing some of the contest prizes.  Winners will be announced at 4  p.m. April 4.

First produced in 1953, Peeps marshmallow candies in a variety of shapes, including the popular bunnies and chicks, come in an array of colors.  Peeps are available at most area food stores.