This is an annual event – get information about the 2012 ArtsQuest PEEPs Fest.
Our three-day trip to Pennsylvania last week included a flying stop in Bethlehem, which after two visits has already become a family favorite. The primary reason we were there was to attend the first annual Peeps Fest, sponsored by the makers of those sticky marshmallow candies, Just Born.
The festival itself was fun with the kinds of activities you would normally find at this kind of event: a clown making balloon animals, live music, crafts, a moon bounce. But there were some unusual touches that reminded visitors who the main sponsor was including the Peep Mobile, Peep limbo, Peep-in-a-spoon races, and my kids’ favorite – Peeps s’mores.
The highlight for me was the dioramas created by local elementary and high school students using candies made by Just Born, which include not only Peeps but Hot Tamales and Mike & Ikes. Themes for the dioramas included children’s literature,
movies (this one was titled “Indiana Peep in Raiders of the Lost Ike”),
and current events (including a recent transit strike).
The winner was a real knockout called The Museum of Modern Peeps:
The twelve students who won got to drop the giant fiberglass Peep just before midnight on New Year’s Eve.
Peeps Fest ran for two days, December 30th and the 31st. We attended on the 30th and found it a little pricey ($6 for adults, $4 for kids 6-12). To get in on the 31st, you had to buy a button for Bethlehem’s First Night celebration. If they hold it again next year, we may be back just to see the dioramas. What I’d really like to do is visit their factory, but unfortunately it’s not open to the public. Guess I’ll just have to make do with this virtual tour.
There’s a surprising amount to do in Bethlehem and there are still things we haven’t seen. I have a feeling we’ll be back in the spring.