The Giving Council has had four fundraising projects so far – our 2018 Calendar, Rockin’ the Rotunda in 2018, and two Peepapaloozas. We plan on holding the Peepapalooza annually every October and one or two additional fundraisers each year.
Yes, we mean those nasty little marshmallow Easter candies that come in the form of chicks or rabbits. The idea derived is from the annual Washington Post Peeps Contest. Their contest ran for 10 years and in their final year of 2016 they had 750 entries. Just Google “Peeps diorama” and click “Images” and you’ll see a few.
Peepapalooza (or more commonly known as The Peeps Show) is a contest when people create dioramas using Peeps. The dioramas range in size but are usually two feet long, a foot high and a foot deep and follow a theme on a popular current event or local activity – such as the elections, the Olympics, Oktoberfest, a popular movie, etc.
The event is held at the Hermann Chamber of Commerce the second and third weekends each October. The cost is $5.00 per person to view the entries. In 2017 and 2018, we had around 30 entries each year with hundreds of visitors over the two-week show. Visitors get to vote on their favorite entry with the grand prize winner receiving bragging rights, their picture on the Hermann newspaper and a box of stale Peeps.