Peeps contest winner pays homage to fellow sweet treat

| Friday, March 29, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

From popes to pop stars, this year's Peeps Show featured many marshmallow versions of current events depicted in all their sugary glory.

This year, it was a sweet victory for Kristy Locklin of Ross, whose grand-prize-winning design, “Funeral for a Friend,” depicted the demise of the beloved Hostess Twinkie, complete with Peep mourners, a portrait of the deceased and a “Rest in Peeps” sign.

“I'm a big Twinkie fan,” says Locklin, who will receive a $100 gift card, an assortment of Peeps products and, of course, bragging rights for the next year.

For her runner-up creation, Casandra Benzel of Plum played on a pysanky theme, incorporating elaborately decorated eggs among babushka-donning Peeps. Called “Peepsanky,” her piece also includes quail eggs and even a baby Peep perched in a stroller.

Val Dallos' take on a popular theme was called “Farewell to Pope Peep Benedict XVI.” Entering the contest was on her bucket list, Dallos of Butler says, but the piece took some work.

“It's tricky working with those little sticky things,” she says with a laugh.

The two runners-up each will receive a $50 gift card.

The new pope was just one of several themes seen throughout this year's entries. Justin “Peep-er” made a couple appearances, as did “Angry Peeps” and “Peepton Abbey.”

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Rachel Weaver is a staff writer forTrib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7948 or

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