In celebration of the first Peeps & Company store in the country, which is at National Harbor, the winning Washington Post Peeps Dioramas will be on display at National Harbor from March 26 through April 24 (check the National Harbor website for location.) National Harbor is also hosting Peeps Day with the highlight event—the National Harbor World Peeps Eating Championship on April 2. Peeps (the popular marshmallow candies shaped like chicks and bunnies) have become an iconic symbol of spring. The fun begins at noon with an amateur Peep eating contest and then professional eaters will compete at 1 p.m. The event will take place on the waterfront at National Harbor (157 National Plaza, National Harbor, Md.)
“I am delighted to be part of this exciting competition,” stated Sam Barclay with Major League Eating, the organization that tracks and ranks the eaters. “It is unusual for any eating contest to attract four of the top ten eaters as this one has,” explained Barclay who will also emcee the competition. The top four who are confirmed to participate are: Matt Stonie (ranked 1) from San Jose, Ca.; Michelle Lesco (ranked 7) from Tucson, Ariz.; Juliet Lee (ranked 8) from Germantown, Md. and Geoffrey Esper (ranked 10) from Oxford, Mass. Other professionals participating include Yasir Salem (ranked 11) from New York, N.Y.; Gideon Oji (ranked 12) from Nigeria; Crazy Legs Conti (ranked 21) from New York, N.Y.; and Wild Bill Myers (ranked 31) from Allentown, Penn.
Peeps Day includes a variety of activities along with contests and prizes. The Capital Wheel will provide a free ticket for children (12 and under) with one adult paid ticket. The Wheel soars 180 feet above the landscape and provides breathtaking views of the Potomac River DC, Virginia, and Maryland.
There will be music throughout the afternoon with visits by Peeps characters and a kid’s “Dance Like a Peep” contest at 12:30 p.m. Some of National Harbor’s restaurants will participate with Peeps drinks and desserts.
For more information, visit www.NationalHarbor.com.
About National Harbor
National Harbor is a community unlike any other. Situated close to the nation’s capital, National Harbor takes full advantage of one of the country’s most historic rivers. Rising from the banks of the Potomac River, just south of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Prince George’s County, Md., National Harbor is a 350-acre mixed use development with seven hotels (including the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center and MGM National Harbor), offices, residential, tree-lined streets with more than 150 shops and more than 30 restaurants, iconic attractions such as the Capital Wheel and National Harbor Carousel, and much more. With so many visitor attractions, National Harbor has established its own convention and visitors bureau to better serve visitors, meeting and event planners. The community provides easy access to Washington, D.C. and Alexandria, Va. and features an array of waterfront activities, events and spectacular sunsets. For more information, www.NationalHarbor.com.
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