Winners of the 2014 Peeps diorama contest

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We got a Peepin’ awesome crop of entries from readers in this, our eighth annual Star-Telegram Peeps diorama contest.

For the first time, we put the miniature, marshmallowy creations on display for the public to view and vote on at the Central Library in downtown Fort Worth. Creativity was abundant, and passersby were frequently seen chuckling and pointing as they admired the clever dioramas. Ballots cast during the three-day voting period narrowed the field of entries from several dozen to 10 finalists.

The range of intricate creations included historical delights like the battle for the Alamo (complete with the Texans’ famed “Come and Take It” flag), a satirical view of American politics courtesy of a diorama entitled “Dreadlocked Congress,” a couple of highly detailed rodeo scenes, a large globe populated by peaceful peeps (“World Peeps”), musical themes such as a “Peatles” version of the Beatles’ famed appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, and a lively range of vintage cinematic and stage-themed entries like “Peepzilla” and Best of Broadway.

Once the ballots were counted and the winners were photographed, readers joined the fun online, casting more than 11,000 votes last weekend on Star-Telegram.com.

In the end, voters decided “There’s no place like Peeps,” crowning a Wizard of Oz-themed diorama the champion.

In second and third place, respectively, were creations depicting scenes from the hit movies Frozen and Gravity.

The top three vote-getters will receive gift certificates courtesy of Just Born, maker of Peeps candy. Here’s a chat with our winners and a closer look at the finalists.

Winner

‘The Wizard of Peeps’

By Emily Allen, 20, and Courtney Rivera-Serra, 19, of Azle

Friends Allen and Rivera-Serra have been making Peeps dioramas together since they were freshmen in high school.

“It’s been a tradition for us to do this every year,” says Allen, who now attends the University of North Texas. “We’ve done things like a circus and a wedding, and one year we did a rap concert. … This year, we were brainstorming, and The Wizard of Oz just came to us.”

Highlights of their display included the witch’s legs beneath Dorothy’s house and, of course, Dorothy’s ruby slippers, both accomplished through the purchase of a cheap Barbie doll wearing red shoes and the careful application of some paint and glitter.

Dorothy, in her blue gingham smock, stands on the yellow brick road alongside Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, and her little dog Toto is practically jumping out of a basket. A flying monkey whizzes by above the trees nearby.

“We’ve spent a lot of money on these in the past, but this year, we decided to keep it simple and just work harder,” says Tarrant County College student Rivera-Serra. “I’m super pumped about this.”

Second place

‘Frozen — Let It Peep’

By Susan Parrish, 50, and Jayden Iorizzo, 5, of Fort Worth

A family friend, Parrish picks up Jayden from school two days a week and says that since she and Jayden love crafts, they decided to dive into the Peeps diorama contest.

Picking a theme was easy — Jayden “is obsessed” with the movie Frozen. “All she wants to do is sing and watch and talk about Frozen,” Parrish says. “She’s seen it so many times that she really had most of the ideas about which scenes would be best for this and how to implement them.”

There’s no guesswork when it comes to the title: “Let it Peep,” of course. It’s a take on the movie’s hit song Let It Go.

While this was the first Peeps contest for both of them, Parrish reports that it was “great fun” and that Jayden was very excited to have her diorama pictured on the newspaper’s website.

Plus, she enjoyed eating a mountain of Peeps during the construction process — “before they were painted and glued, of course.”

Third place

‘Gravity — AstroPeeps’

By Lee Nuckolls, 59, of Mansfield

Another repeat competitor, Nuckolls says past creations have ranged from a musical selection called “We Are the Peeps (World)” to a movie tribute, “Despicable Peeps.”

This year, the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney movie Gravity was the inspiration for an out-of-this-world display that featured AstroPeeps suspended in space above an impressive representation of Earth.

“I’d seen the movie in 3-D, and that kind of inspired me,” Nuckolls says. “Then, two weeks before the contest started, I saw a poster for it and it just sort of struck me. I thought it would work well for a diorama. So that’s what I did. It was fun.”

The finalists

Peepzilla invades Dallas

Kellie Teague, 23, Arlington

Peeps Rodeo

Children’s Courtyard, 5-7-year-olds, Arlington

The “Peatles” on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’

Allison Helt, 13, Fort Worth

Peeps at the Rodeo

Teresa Edwards, 54, Bedford

Lunch Atop a Skyscraper

Wendy Dyba, 42, and Anais Bayles, 10, Benbrook

The Royal Peepdom

Richard Brown, 30, Jennifer Lee, 39, and Vivian Brittan, 4, Fort Worth

World Peeps

Elena Rodriguez, 6, Fort Worth

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