Marshmallow Peeps, the sweet staple of Easter baskets, have far many more uses than just satisfying a sweet tooth craving.
A week ago, I helped select the winning displays for Valparaiso University's Chapel of the Resurrection annual competition or entries for display art dioramas that use Peeps (either the chicks or bunnies) depicted in noted biblical scenes.
The top winning entry for the 4th annual Easter Peeps Show was a depiction of the washing of the disciples' feet, using Peeps bunnies for the feet, connected to bendable drinking straws to represent the bending legs. The submission was dreamed up by the Lutheran Deaconess Association.
Honorable mentions went to the Gabriel Family of Valparaiso for "The Walls of Jericho," the VU Office of Church Relations for "He Calls His Own Sheep by Name," Amanda Willy for "The Story of Pentecost" (which used red jellybeans on toothpicks to float over the ears of Peeps bunnies representing "the flame of the Holy Spirit," Brenda Brown's Peeps parting of the Red Sea in her "Let my Peeps Go" and Anna, John and Mary Fields for "Hosanna," which re-imagined Jesus in Peeps bunny form on a donkey for Palm Sunday praises.
My fellow judges were Jacob Just and Emily Royer, both 2012 VU grads. Royer is the oral history researcher for the Porter County History Museum in Valparaiso. Congrats to this year's winners!