Spring doesn’t seem like spring without those sweet marshmallow candies called Peeps®, which magically appear everywhere in time for Easter. Some love to eat them; others do not.
Whatever your preference, you might be interested in learning that Peeps are not just a sweet treat. With a little creativity, Peeps can become amazing masterpieces worthy of their own art show.
It’s the Peep Show.
The Peep Show started 12 years ago by the Carroll County Arts Council in Westminster, Maryland. This year, it’s at the Carroll Arts Center April 12-23. More than 150 sculptures, dioramas, graphic arts, oversized characters, and mosaics created from the marshmallow treat are on display.
The Peep Into Your Heart And Give Wings To Your Dreams entry in the 2019 Peep Show (photo by Carroll County Arts Council)
In the theater, watch short Peeps videos and footage of Peeps being created at the Just Born factory in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
The concession stand serves Peeps-themed treats. Peeps & Co. merchandise is for sale in the lobby.
Admission to the Peep Show is free. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The show is open on Easter Sunday.
The last entry is 30 minutes before closing.
The Peep Show attracts thousands of visitors every day, according to the Carroll County Arts Council. If you want to see the show when it’s quieter, the arts council recommends coming on a day when the local schools are in session. It takes 45 to 90 minutes to go through all of the displays, depending on your pace.
The Adapt to Change Autism Awareness Peeps entry in the 2019 Peep Show (photo by Carroll County Arts Council)
The Carroll Arts Center is located at 91 West Main Street in downtown Westminster, two blocks west of Route 27. The center does not have a parking lot. There are metered street parking spots and lots in the neighborhood. Parking is not allowed in the alleys beside and behind the Carroll Arts Center.
Westminster is located 37 miles northwest of Baltimore.
Get more information about the Peep Show at this Carroll County Arts Council page.
If you can’t go to the show, you can still vote for your favorite Peeps masterpieces online. Each vote costs $1, and the money supports the Carroll County Arts Council. You do not need to create an account to vote. Voting ends at 6 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, April 23.
The Escape From Box O’ Peeps Island entry in the 2019 Peep Show (photo by Carroll County Arts Council)