04032021 Detail from Peeps County Fair by Susanne Stillson

A Peeps diorama entitled “Peepsboro County Fair!” by Susanne Stillson.

The Library Arts Center is hosting its 10th annual Peeps Diorama Contest in person, with social distancing practices in place, as well as online this year. “We are thrilled to be able to safely have community gather for this year’s contest, it is such a sign of hope to the whole community,” states Arts Center Director Kate Luppold. The contest of dioramas featuring those sugar coated marshmallow chicks and bunnies has become a true community staple.

The Esteemed Peeps Panel of Judges met to look over the 75 shoe box entries filling the Library Arts Center Gallery. This year’s judge panel consisted of returning, and longstanding judge Elaine Frank; Justine Fafara, the new Library Director at the Richards Free Library; Daniel Adam, the new pastor of South Congregational Church; as well as Christine Brenner, Newport’s Economic Development Specialist. There were many laughs and chuckles as the judges examined each entry. “It is hard to keep a straight face when you look at these! There is something about these creations that people can’t help but be delighted!” comments Fran Huot, Library Arts Center Marketing Coordinator. “The staff loves this contest so much, we have also added a “Staff Picks” category to the prizes over the last few years.” adds Huot.

The following are the winners of this year’s contest. To view the dioramas, stop by the gallery April 2-23, Tuesday through Friday, 11-4, Saturdays 10-1, or see them online at libraryartscenter.org. The Library Arts Center is located at 58 North Main Street, Newport, NH.

Children’s Category1. Adopt a Peep, Andrew Beattie, Newport

2. Peeps by Starlight, Leah Willis, Zoe Stark, Azlyn Morin, Sunapee

3. Mr. Peeps Farm, Harper andTaft Hoglund, New London

Teen Category1. Peepshi for One, Ann & Emily Killinger, Alton

2. Harry Peeper, Mara Ferren, Wilmont, Sorting Hat

3. Early Explorations, Olivia Baker, Claremont

Honorable Mentions: Salem Witch Trials, Summer Barrette, Claremont

Family/group Category1. Peeps Zoom, The Shissel Family, Newport

2. Would You Like Peeper or Plastic?, Mason and Marly Johnson, Wilmont, and Ashley Cutter, Conticook

3. Peeps Crossing, Phillip and Megan Dunn, Newport

Honorable Mentions: Peeps Training Dragons, Connor, Merrick and Kyle Cairelli, Croydon

Business/Organization Category1. Invest in your Nest with our Peeps!, Sugar River Bank, Newport

2. Rolling Thunder Peeps, William and Deborah Dufour, Newport

3. Relax and Unwind, Connected Families NH

Honorable Mention: Say your Prayers, Newport Service Organization, Venita Nudd, Newport

Adult Category1. Disney Peeprincess Museum, Pam LaFountain, Newport

2. Peeps Night at Gallery of Gifts, Kathy Hanson, Goshen

3. 2020 Stress Relief, Lee Carey, Grantham

Honorable Mention: Peep-Achu, Erica Philibert, Croydon

Best in Peeps: Peepsboro Country Fair!, Susanne Stillson, New London

Special AwardsIn the News: Amanda Gorpeep Lesley Scheele, Sunapee, Danielle King, Bow

Simply Elegant: Peepilton, Max Huot, Newport

Librarian’s Prize: Goodnight Peep, Madelyn White and Olivia Scheele, Sunapee

Pastor’s Prize: When Moses was Just a Little Peep! Meredith Lewkow, Claremont

Love Local: The Peepberry Patch, Madison Miller, Newport, and Patrick Mohan, Meredith

Staff Picks WinnersAmerica Runs on Peeps!, Ella Gifford and Maddox Russel, Newport

Peeps for sale!, Ian Terry, Sunapee

Home of the Fenway Peeps, Carson Almstrom, Goshen

Some Peep, Mal McLaughlin, Kenedy and Leah Willis, Sunapee

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