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The second day of PeepsFest 2016 included a 5K race and will culminate with the Peeps Chick drop.

SteelStacks in Bethlehem was the place to be Saturday.

Hundreds gathered to celebrate the end of one year and the start of another.

Festivities started early with the PeepsFest 5K, a race with more than 500 runners that wrapped up early in the afternoon.

It coincided with PeepsFest, the two-day family-friendly festival in the shadow of the old Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces that started Friday.

PeepsFest is organized by ArtsQuest and presented by Just Born Inc., the Stefko
Boulevard candy-maker known for its Peeps chicks and Mike & Ike’s.

The highlight has become a Lehigh Valley tradition: the dropping of the Peeps Chick, a 4-feett-9, 200-pound glowing chick that descends like the crystal ball lowered each year at New York City’s Times Square.

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For the eighth year of PeepsFest, organizers overhauled the chick drop, making a bigger and brighter Peeps Chick equipped with programmable lights. The old chick was less than half the weight at 85 pounds, and five inches shorter.

Top finishers of the 5K were Josh Izewski, of Doylestown, who crossed the finish line in 15:48; Alex Izewski, also of Doylestown, who crossed in 16:23; Joey Ozgar, of Easton, with a time of 17:10; and Mike Vidumsky, of Pen Argyl, at 17:20.

Also near the front of the pack were Ben Ziegler, of Bethlehem, at 17:31; and John Griffiths, of Easton, at 18:09.

The top female finisher was Erin DeWalt, of Easton, at 19:19, according to the results. You can see all the results on the PeepsFest 5K Facebook page.

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