Events, National Harbor

Peeps Day!

Peeps Day!

April 8th


Diorama Contest Kicking Off Festivities at

Second Annual Peeps Day


Washington City Paper and National Harbor are holding their own Peeps Diorama Contest. The finalists from the diorama contest, made popular for years by The Washington Post, will be featured in Washington City Paper and be on display at National Harbor starting on Peeps Day which is occurring April 8. In addition to multiple activities for the whole family, Peeps Day will include declaring one of the Peeps dioramas as the “Peeps Choice Award,” voted on by those attending Peeps Day. The Grand Prize Winner, along with the other five finalists, will be featured in Washington City Paper Friday, April 14. Peeps Day starts at noon on the National Harbor Waterfront Plaza which is in front of the Peeps & Company store (157 National Plaza, National Harbor.) In the event of rain, the competition will be held under a tent on the Capital Wheel pier.


Entrants are asked to create a diorama, not to exceed 3 feet wide by 2 feet deep by 2 feet tall. Then they should take a photo of their dioramas and submit their entry at Monday April 3, at11:50 p.m. EDT. The photo is to include an accompanying sign no bigger than 12” x 3” with the name of the diorama. Information to be included with the submission is the entrant’s name, age, hometown, phone number and email address as well as the names of any other contributors to the diorama. Six submissions will be selected for the finals. The selected finalists are to take their entries to National Harbor April 8 for National Peeps Day by 11 a.m. Judging for the Peeps Choice Award will begin at noon, and will be done by a popular vote by the Peeps Day audience. Complete Diorama Contest rules and regulations are available on the National Harbor website,


The 2017 grand prize winner, which will be chosen by the Washington City Paper staff, will receive $500 in gift cards to National Harbor restaurants and stores. The second place winner will receive $300 in gift cards to National Harbor restaurants and stores, and third place will receive a $100 gift card to a National Harbor restaurant.



Top Major League Eaters to Participate in Second Annual

National Harbor World PEEPS® Eating Championship


Matt Stonie and Juliet Lee return to defend their titles


The No. 2 world-ranked competitive eater Matt Stonie (San Josie, California) and No. 11 world-ranked Juliet Lee (Gaithersburg) will return to National Harbor with almost a dozen other professional eater contestants to defend their world record titles set last year at the National Harbor World Peeps Eating Contest. Stonie won the event by eating 200 Peeps in five minutes. Juliet was the highest ranked woman competing, having devoured 140 Peeps.


The event is sanctioned by Major League Eating, the world body that oversees professional eating contests including Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. Major League Eating developed competitive eating and includes the sport’s governing body. The National Harbor World Peeps Eating Contest will take place at1:30 p.m. on the National Harbor Waterfront Plaza which is in front of the Peeps & Company store (157 National Plaza, National Harbor.).In the event of rain, the competition will be held under a tent on the Capital Wheel pier (just adjacent to 157 National Plaza location.)


“Our signature Peeps & Company store provides the perfect backdrop for our World Peeps Eating Contest,” stated Deborah Topcik, director of marketing for National Harbor. “The contest attracts many of the top competitive eaters in the nation, which is unusual to have so many together; and it offers an amateur eating contest as well.”


Matt “The Megatoad” Stonie

San Jose, CA

5’8”, 130 lbs, 24 y/o

  • #1-Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
  • Winner 2015 Men’s Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
  • Undefeated in sanctioned MLE competition in 2015
  • Holds 13 World Records
  • World Bacon Eating Champion; 182 strips in 5 min
  • World Birthday Cake Eating Champion; 14.5 lbs in 8 min
  • World Frozen Yogurt Eating Champion; 10.5 lbs in 6 min
  • World Gyro Eating Champion; 24 8-oz Gyros in 10 min
  • World Slugburger Eating Champion; 43 Slugburgers in 10 min
  • World Pumpkin Pie Eating Champion; 20 lbs, 13 oz in 8 min


“The Lovely” Juliet Lee

Gaithersburg, MD 
•5’4”, 100 lbs, 49 y/o

  • #8-Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
  • World Jellied Cranberry Sauce Eating Champion, 13.23 lbs in 8 min
  • Became only the second woman to break 30 Hot Dog & Bun mark in May 2009
  • Ate 219 Shrimp Wontons in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2012
  • Former chemistry professor in Nanjing, China; now owns a hair salon

More Peeps Day Fun!


The Capital Wheel celebrates Peeps Day with a free child’s ticket (12 and under) with one adult paid ticket. The Wheel soars 180 feet above the landscape and provides breathtaking views of the Potomac River, Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland.


There will be free activities which include a climbing wall and a children’s maze. The Peep character will lead the children’s “Dance Like a Peep” contest with prizes. The day will end with the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory playing at 2:30 p.m.


Schedule of activities for the day:

Noon to 12:30 p.m.: Public judging of dioramas

12:30 p.m.: Amateur Peeps eating contest

1:15 p.m.: Dance Like a Peep competition

1:25 p.m.: Announcement of diorama winners

1:30 p.m.: World Championship Peeps Eating Contest

2:30 p.m.: Showing of the movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory


The Peeps & Company store at National Harbor was the first in the country and there are only two others. Peeps (the popular marshmallow candies shaped like chicks and bunnies) have become an iconic symbol of spring. Peeps® are made by the family-owned company, “Just Born,” headquartered in Bethlehem, Penn. and founded in 1923. Over time, the candy line has expanded to include bunnies and a wide array of colors and flavors.


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Publishers Note: Thanks to Bendure Communications for the information published here.

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