Fans Of Mudgy & Millie Converge On CDA
COEUR D’ALENE – It’s Mudgy Moose and Millie Mouse mania!
It started with the book and then on Saturday, it has been declared Mudgy Moose and Millie Mouse Day in Coeur d’Alene. Hundreds of people came out for the unveiling of five statues and then a trail that follows the book’s storyline.
If you don’t know the story of Mudgy and Millie, just ask any one of these kids who were at Saturday’s event.
“They are playing hide and go seek,” one girl says.
“Mudgy’s trying to find Millie, but the whole time he is really on his ear,” said another girl, wearing antlers on her head.
Mudgy and Millie were created by local author Susan Nipp. Hundreds of kids showed up Saturday in Coeur d’Alene for the unveiling of the Mudgy and Millie statues. Nipp was thrilled with the turnout.
“It’s all about the kids, it’s about being outdoors,” she says. “It’s about…we even have a Mudgy costume character. We even have a song that goes with it and you put all the things together and kids are just loving it.”
Now, Mudgy and Millie have become permanent fixtures in Coeur d’Alene. Kids of all ages can actually go on the same adventure Mudgy and Millie did in the story.
“So they start playing out on Tubbs Hill,” Nipp says. “They walk to library, they walk downtown, they walk to the boardwalk, they go to the park down to Independence Point, and every time Mudgy stops to ask people if they have seen his friend Millie, there is a big statue of Mudgy and Millie.”
And all you had to do is look out at the sea of antlers to know Mudgy and Millie will be cherished for generations, because after all nothing brings out the kid in all of us like a good game of hide and seek.
“He doesn’t know where he is,” the girl with antlers says. “He looks behind trees and everywhere.”
Now the trail takes kids on adventure all throughout Coeur d’Alene, and at each stopping point, there is a different Mudgy and Millie statue.