Peeps, those soft candy chicks that appear in Easter baskets, may find new roles in Portland, thanks to Hattie’s Sweet Shop.
The shop at 4185 N.E. Fremont St., and its sister business, Sweets, Etc., 828 S.W. Capitol Hwy., are sponsoring a Peeps diorama contest for Portland-area residents.
Dioramas are usually small-scale scenes. For the contest, they must be a standard shoebox size and contain Peeps. Entrants should include name, age and contact information on the back of the box. Entries, minus contact information, will be on display at both shops and neighboring businesses.
Prizes will be awarded in two age categories: under 17, including parent’s permission to enter; and over 17. Categories in each age group include “Best Portland” theme and “Most Original.” A grand prize will be awarded to “Best Overall Entry” from each store.
Prizes include gift certificates from Hattie’s Sweet Shop. The grand prize is an Easter basket from Hattie’s, including items from other neighborhood businesses.
Completed dioramas may be taken to the shop during regular business hours. The deadline for entering the contest is 6 p.m. March 27. A panel of local judges will announce winners on March 28.