History

It all started in October 2016

Scott met Katie, Dave, Robin, and Molly at Pezylvania in October 2016. From this Pez friendship the Maryland Pez Gathering was born. These collectors, Katie, and her significant other met about a month later at Scott's house in Arnold, Maryland on November 12, 2016, and had the First Annual Maryland Pez Gathering. Dispensers were made representing the four colors of the Maryland Flag. We celebrated Thanksgiving together and that has been our tradition ever since.

 

In 2017 we met again met in November for the 2nd Annual Pez Gathering. That year more Pezheads gathered from Maryland and surrounding states, Pezheads traveling from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia to meet. We had another potluck "Thanksgiving" Dinner. Dealers set up tables, we played Pezzy games, had hourly Pez door prizes and had T-shirts made. We even had an Air Hockey Tournament with a vintage Pez prize of a Betsy Rose. We sponsored the American Red Cross with our charity silent auctions, both in person and on "Pez Auction" Facebook page. We raised a total of $827!

 

In 2018, the Maryland Pez Gathering adopted a mascot! Local MD Pezhead, Katie Chrz developed the graphic for us and we had a naming contest on our Facebook Page. The winning name was ZEP, (PEZ spelled backward) and is a Maryland Blue Crab with a Pez candy shaped body. The 3rd Annual Maryland Pez Gathering was our largest event to date!  We brought back our Air Hockey Tournament for a second year with a vintage prize of a Roar the Lion.
 

In 2019, the 4th Annual Maryland Pez Gathering grew again in size, with another Air Hockey Tournament

In 2020 we moved our 5th Gathering online for a year while we dodged COVID-19. This allowed participation from around the world! We even had a Pez Repair Seminar - If you missed it you can catch it on YouTube.

2021 we were back in person and masked up! It was the last year Scott hosted the gathering and he passed the torch on to Katie. 2022 took place at Patapsco Valley State Park. Be sure to check out our charity, Edible Art Show, and Registration!

Zep the MD Blue Crab Mascot

Specialty Dispensers

2023 - My Little Pony - ??

2023 Registration Dispenser - Attendee & Absentee

  • Limited to: TBA

2023 Friends of Zep Dispenser - Crystal of Registration

  • Limited to: TBA

  • Can only receive this for contributing to the MD Gathering in a meaningful way,
    either through donation, time, or other special means.

  • Cannot be purchased

2023 Charity Dispenser(s)

  • Limited to: TBA

2023 Zep 5th Birthday Dispenser

  • Details TBA

2022 - My Little Pony - Rainbow Dash

2022 Registration Dispenser - Attendee & Absentee

  • Limited to: TBA

2022 Friends of Zep Dispenser - Crystal of Registration

  • Limited to: TBA

  • Can only receive this for contributing to the MD Gathering in a meaningful way,
    either through donation, time, or other special means.

  • Cannot be purchased

2022 Charity Dispensers

  • Standard: Hello Kitty Red Bow - Red Stem White Print

    • Limited to: 30+

  • Limited: Hello Kitty Red Bow - Black Stem Gold Print

    • Limited to: 11

  • Ultra Limited: Hello Kitty Red Bow - Black Stem White Print

    • Limited to: 6

2022 Prize Dispensers

  • Edible Art Show Winners

    • 1 Gold, 1 Silver Cupcake

Silver Cupcake MD Pez Gathering Dispenser
Gold Cupcake MD Pez Gathering Dispenser
Crystal Rainbow Dash MD Pez Gathering Dispenser
Red Stem Hello Kitty Charity MD Pez Gathering Dispenser
Rainbow Dash MD Pez Gathering Dispenser
Black Stem Gold Print Hello Kitty Charity MD Pez Gathering Dispenser
Black Stem White Print Hello Kitty Charity MD Pez Gathering Dispenser
2021 Dispensers

2021 Attendee Dispenser - Kermit

  • Limited to 100 made

  • Kermit is the last in a series of 4, a new character was released each year.

2021 Absentee Charity Dispenser - Sour Grape

  • Limited to 40 made

  • Sour Apple is the last in a series of 4, a new character was released each year.

2020

2020 Charity Dispenser - Flintstones Set of 4

  • Limited to 6 sets made

  • Dispensers were in the charity auction and in giveaways

2019

2019 Attendee Dispenser - Fozzie

  • Limited to 100 made

  • Fozzie is the 3rd in a series of 4, a new character to be released each year.

2019 Absentee Charity Dispenser - Sour Apple

  • Limited to 40 made

  • Sour Apple is the 3rd in a series of 4, a new character to be released each year.

2018

2018 Attendee Dispenser - Gonzo

  • Limited to 75 made

  • Gonzo is the 2nd in a series of 4, a new character to be released each year.

2018 Absentee Charity Dispenser - Watermelon

  • Limited to 40 made

  • Watermelon is the 2nd in a series of 4, a new character to be released each year.

2021 MD Pez Gathering Dispensers - Kermit and Sour Grape
Flintstones MD Gathering Pez Dispensers
2019 MD Gathering Pez Dispensers Fozzie Sour Apple
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2017

2017 Attendee Dispenser - Miss Piggy

  • Limited to 20 made

  • Miss Piggy is the 1st in a series of 4, a new character to be released each year.

2017 Absentee Charity Dispenser - Pineapple

  • Limited to 40 made

  • Pineapple is the 1st in a series of 4, a new character to be released each year.

Note: 2018 & 2017 - Gonzo and Miss Piggy were selected as Jim Henson, founder of the Muppets, attended the University of Maryland.

2017 MD Gathering Pez Dispensers Miss Piggy Sour Pineapple
2016

2016 Red Stem Attendee Puck

  • Limited to 18 made Black puck with MD Turkey Logo

 

2016 Yellow Stem Attendee Puck

  • Limited to 4 made & could be won in games Black puck with MD Turkey Logo

 

2016 Black Stem Attendee Puck

  • Limited to 4 made & could be won in games Black puck with MD Turkey Logo

 

2016 White Stem Attendee Puck

  • Limited to 4 made & could be won in games Black puck with MD Turkey Logo

 

Note: 2016 - Stem colors represent the colors of the Maryland State Flag

2016 MD Gathering Pez Dispensers Hockey Pucks with Title and Turkeys