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Oklahoma kids in finals of Peanuts Photo Contest

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm •  Published: November 27, 2009

Even without Kristin Chenoweth, it looks like Oklahomans could put on a pretty good remake of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

Three Oklahomans are among the finalists in the Peanuts Photo Contest, which seeks look-alikes for the Peanuts comic strip characters in honor of the strip’s 60th anniversary.

Haley Bussell
Haley Bussell

“Peanuts” was created by Charles Schulz and is among the most successful comic strips of all time. The characters, including Charlie Brown and Snoopy, are known around the world.

At, Oklahoman Haley Bussell, 8, of Broken Arrow is a finalist in the “Peppermint Patty” category.

“I just immediately thought of Haley, because she looks like Peppermint Patty!” said her mom, Kelley Bussell. “I just got a picture of her and sent it in!”

A finalist as Peppermint Patty’s pal, Marcie, is Moore resident Lindsay Riggs, 9.

Lindsay Riggs
Lindsay Riggs

“When I saw the picture of Marcie … I said, oh my gosh, Lindsay does look like her!” said her mom, Jamie Riggs.

And rounding out the state finalists is Wyatt Tilley of Ponca City, competing to be the look-alike of good ol’ Charlie Brown. Wyatt is six months old.

“His dad started calling him Charlie when he was born. He says he looks like a Charlie Brown,” said Wyatt’s mom, Denise Tilley. “Had we seen him before naming him, he would be named Charlie. So now his nickname is Charlie.”

Fans can vote online at www.peanutsphotocontest. com until Dec. 4. The grand prize is an all-expense-paid trip for four to Cedar Fair amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, home of Planet Snoopy.

Wyatt Tilley
Wyatt Tilley

The contest, which benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of America (, attracted entrants from all over the country, with California and New York submitting the most potential look-a-likes. Oklahoma’s three finalists tied with New York and California for the state the most-represented in the finals. Illinois followed with two, and 18 other states and the District of Columbia had one. Charlie Brown received the most entries as a look-alike, followed by Linus, Snoopy and Sally.

Celebrity judges Jill Schulz (daughter of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz), country music performers Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, “Supernanny” Jo Frost, “America’s Next Top Model” judge and fashion photographer Nigel Barker, and KTLA news anchor Victoria Recano selected the 30 finalists.

by Matthew Price
From Friday’s The Oklahoman

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Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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