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It's a typical day for Lisa Messinger and Pam Sirko, which means they're driving around downtown Colorado Springs with giant elk stapled to their truck's bed.

"These are our demo elk," explains Messinger (pictured in background). "They've weathered 1,200 miles so far, just driving."

The fiberglass elk, which measure 9 feet tall, 8 feet long and 4 feet wide, have garnered much attention from fellow motorists as well as many, many bad elk jokes. To something like, "How much meat is on those bones?" Messinger responds, "Come on, buddy, you can do better than that."

The two women, who pull double duty as stay-at-home moms and elk ambassadors, are hoping local businesses will sponsor the animals for what they're calling the Rocky Mountain Elk Festival. Each sponsor will choose a participating artist to paint the figures before they are put on display throughout Teller County this summer. At the end of the exhibition, the elk will be auctioned, with proceeds going to arts and theater programs in Teller County schools.

Messinger and Sirko have talked with a number of motorists who are interested in purchasing an elk. "Most people who do try to stop us ask how much they are, so they can put them in their yard," Messinger says.

But in case you hadn't heard, a fiberglass elk made in Nebraska and transported by Messinger and Sirko isn't cheap. Each costs $2,000 for private purchase, and double that to sponsor and have painted. Something to think about when deciding whether you might want to frighten your in-laws with one on the roof.

Frances Gomeztagle

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