Voting now open in Peeps contest

Click here to visit the 2011 Peeps Contest site.

The Daily Nonpareil and NonpareilOnline.com are again partnering with Peoples True Value Hardware in Council Bluffs to offer the ultimate competition featuring that Easter-time favorite, Peeps. Click here to visit the 2011 Peeps Contest site for more information.

The inaugural contest in 2010 generated nearly 100 entries. The competition is open to all ages, and area teachers are encouraged to have students create and submit entries as well. To enter the contest, build a diorama (a three-dimensional miniature model) with Peeps – those puffy balls of marshmallow goodness – as the leading characters. Here’s how:

1. Go buy some Peeps.

2. Develop an idea and construct a scene using Peeps. The topic of the diorama can be fun (Peeps re-enacting a scene from a movie, real life, a person, an event, etc.).

Characters must be made of actual whole Peeps. You may add clothing, backgrounds and props. Dress your Peeps as you see fit. Give them construction paper clothes, toothpick arms, toy props or more.

3. Take a photo of your creation and enter it during the submission time by logging on to NonpareilOnline.com and clicking on the contest links. Submissions will be open from Monday, March 14, through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. There is no fee to enter the contest.

4. Have your friends and family members vote daily for your entry during the voting phase of the contest, from 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 21. Each voter will be allowed to cast five votes per day per e-mail address. There is no fee to vote.

The first- and second-place prizes are provided by Just Born Inc., and Peeps Brand Marshmallow Candies.

The first-place prize is a $100 gift certificate to the new online Peeps & Co. store at www.peepsandcompany.com.

This certificate will be presented within a Gift Box with Peeps and other Just Born candy brands. Its total value will be over $150.

The second-place prize $50 gift certificate to the new online Peeps & Co. store and again, will be packed in a Just Born Gift Box with Peeps and other Just Born candy brands. Its total value will be over $100.

The third-place prize is a $25 gift card to Peoples True Value. 

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