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What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than with sugary goodness at the Carroll County Arts Council’s 9th Annual PEEPshow to be held Friday March 25 through Wednesday, April 6 at the Carroll Arts Center. This sweet event features nearly 200 marshmallow masterpieces, including sculptures, dioramas, mosaics and even videos, all crafted from or inspired by sugary sweet Peeps ®. This major regional event has attracted the attention of NBC Nightly News, the Food Network, and Just Born, the company that has made Peeps since the 1940’s.
In 2015 the PEEPshow attracted a record-breaking 27,000+ visitors from the area. Previous year’s events have featured a wide variety of entries, including a life-sized Olaf from the movie Frozen, the “Statue of Peeperty,” the “Big Bird,” “Goofy,” and a host of magical monsters, sports heroes, movie characters and other clever celebrations of pop culture, history, and fine art. In addition, there are even “Peep” films shown in the Arts Center’s 263-seat movie theatre. Last year’s entries featured a record-breaking total of 33,000 Peeps!
The public can vote for their favorites by purchasing vote chips that will be sold for $1 each, 10 for $5, 25 for $10, 75 for $25, or 200 for $50. The public will vote by putting their chips in the container next to each work of art. Awards to those receiving the top eight highest number of votes will be announced on Wednesday, April 6 at 6:30 pm. All proceeds will benefit the Carroll County Arts Council, one of the community’s most vibrant non-profit organizations. There will be an array of PEEP® souvenirs and treats for sale as well.
PEEPS® are a confection created by Just Born of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The candy has achieved an almost cult-like following and several large metropolitan newspapers across the country have organized diorama contests around these sweet treats. But certainly none rival the scale and quality of what will be on display at the Carroll Arts Center.
Admission to the event is free. Hours are 10 am to 7 pm daily, including Easter Sunday. Voting will end at 5 pm on the final day of the event.
The Carroll Arts Center is located at 91 West Main Street in the magnificently renovated Carroll Arts Center, formerly the Carroll Theatre in downtown Westminster, MD. The Art Deco building now houses a 263-seat theatre, galleries, the Gift Shop, classrooms, and offices. CCAC’s mission is to enrich our community, both culturally and economically, by presenting, promoting and supporting a wide variety of arts opportunities for our residents, visitors, and artists. For more information call 410/848-7272 or visit www.CarrollCountyArtsCouncil.org.
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