The third annual Peeps Diorama Contest is underway at the Cambria Public Library, San Luis Obispo City-County Library 995 Palm St., and libraries in Morro Bay and Shell Beach.
The contest is open to all ages. Library patrons will vote to select the winners in three age brackets — children 12 and younger, teens and adults — from April 29 through May 2.
Entries, which must be encased in a shoebox or boot box (one or two sides can be removed for easier viewing), can be submitted at the library through April 25.
Each entry must have a title shown on or in the diorama, and the artist’s name, age and contact number must be on the bottom of the box.
Some previous entry titles included “War and Peeps,” “Legend of Peepsyhallow,” “James and the Giant Peeps,” “Le Miserapeeps” and Peepalicious (a take on the Pinkalicious series).
Because April is National Poetry Month, each diorama may include an original poem about the entry.
“It takes a special kind of creativity to look at a Peep and see the protagonist of a book or other character. There’s so much creativity in Cambria and the Central Coast, and this is the time to let go and have fun with it,” Destiny Carter, supervising library assistant, said.
Each Peep-able diorama must portray a book title, poem or nursery rhyme, and include at least two of the iconic, sugary Peeps Easter candies.
The designer’s name, age and contact information should be attached to the underside of the box.