Peeps diorama contest comes to National Harbor

The popular spring event continues in 2017; entries are due April 3.

WASHINGTON — The Peeps Diorama Contest lives!

The popular spring event, sponsored for years by The Washington Post, continues in 2017, co-sponsored by National Harbor and the Washington City Paper.

There is no category or theme defined for the entries. “We just can’t wait to see what everyone has,” said Deborah Topcik of National Harbor.

Contestants need to submit photos of their entries by the evening of Monday, April 3. Six finalists will be chosen on April 7; the dioramas will be put on display at National Harbor April 8.

“It needs to be fun; it needs to be creative,” Topcik said. “Think about what’s going on the world today, in D.C., what makes you happy, what you think about in the springtime.”

The top three winners will be announced in the April 14 Washington City Paper, which will also display the dioramas of all six finalists.


The Peeps Choice Award trophy goes to the popular-vote winner; votes are cast on Peeps Day, April 8.

  • Grand Prize: $500 in gift cards to National Harbor restaurants and stores
  • Second Place: $300 in gift cards to National Harbor restaurants and stores
  • Third Place: $100 gift card to a National Harbor restaurant

Diorama requirements

  • It can’t be larger than 3 feet wide, 2 feet deep and 2 feet tall;
  • The diorama name must be displayed on a sign no bigger than 12 by 3 inches;
  • Contestants must be at least 13 years old, but helpers can be younger.

Peeps Day at National Harbor on Saturday, April 8

  • 11 a.m.: Dioramas go on display
  • Noon: Peeps Choice Award voting begins
  • 1:30 p.m.: The National Harbor World Peeps Eating Contest hosts 10 of the top competitive eaters in the world. The No. 11 world-ranked Juliet Lee of Gaithersburg, Maryland, and No. 2 world-ranked competitive eater Matt Stonie of San Jose, California, are returning to defend world record titles set last year.

Submit your diorama to the competition.

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