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Apr 11, 2014 6:40 PM by NBC News

"Peep Show" Opens

(WBAL) Peeps, those sugary marshmallow are a thing of art in Carroll County, Maryland, where the seventh annual "Peep Show" has opened.

More than 170 exhibit entries, most of which are dioramas, were created in all shapes and sizes using Peeps, from just a few to nearly 2,000. They're on display at the Carroll Arts Center.

"Some of them are engineering marvels. They're truly masterpieces," says Carroll Arts Center Director Sandy Oxx. "We have a Peep lighthouse. We have the leg lamp from 'A Christmas Story.' Of course we have many of the characters from 'Frozen' this year. We have an incredible Maryland Terp, and we have a mutant ninja turtle."

The show has become so popular that it caught the attention of Just Born, the company that makes Peeps. For the first time this year, Just Born supplied all of the Peeps for the concessions stand, including Peep kabobs, Peep popcorn, Peep punch and chocolate-dipped Peeps.

There are Peep facts all throughout the exhibit, as well as a Peep store. The show is free, but visitors can buy tickets to vote for their favorites, with prizes going to the top 10 entries.

Last year, the Peep Show raised more than $35,000 for the Carroll Arts Center, which is double what it made the year before.

"The Peep Show is marshmallow madness at its finest," Oxx said.

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