Moose on the Loose in Park City

Moose on the Loose in Park City

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Jill Atwood ReportingThere are "Moose on the Loose" in Park City. They're not in the mountains, but right downtown, stopping tourists in their tracks and laughing it up with the locals.

There is something peculiar going on in Park City these days. Random moose are popping up in all colors, wearing crazy costumes, and waving flags. We weren't quite sure what to make of them, but so as not to make a ‘moo-stake’ we quickly educated ourselves.

Meet Irma La Moose, decked out in her fishnet stockings and high heels.

Terry Stephens, Irma's Artist: "I thought it was a good tribute to the old notorious days of the mining era where there were lots of taverns on main street and the women were loose and the men were drunk."

Down Main Street stands her cousin “Loosy Moosy", flirtatious and fun with a big lipstick smile.

“South For the Winter Moose”, better known as “Uncle Moe” likes it warm in the winter. His black knee socks and flip flops have him bound for the beach.

Lindon Leader, Uncle Moe's Master: "He lives up in Missoula, Montana, but he has a bit of rheumatism this time in his career so he likes to go south. His buddies have all taken off for Mooster Island this winter."

Around the corner there's Gretchen, proudly greeting Park City skiers. Across town we matched wits with Mr. Sybil and his split personality, obviously struggling with his urban setting.

Bob Commander, Mr. Sybil's Creator: "We came up with a little starry night Vangogh feel. Little more peace and tranquility and a little more of his preferred natural habitat. So he's at ease on this side, a little darker on the other."

Each moose has a story; and enjoy them now because this will only happen "Once in a Blue Moose".

All this moose mania will come to a head on December 27th when they gather the entire herd outside the Kimball Art Center for an auction. All the proceeds will benefit three Park City arts organizations.

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