HILL CITY, S.D. —
"When I pulled it out, it was a moose," Miley said.
Miley's most meaningful bear is from one of the elementary schools she attended in Minnesota. The bear, which had a photo of Miley from the second grade pinned to the chest, was a surprise gift from a visiting couple.
"I was raised in foster homes and I don't have a lot of childhood memorabilia, and that is the only picture I have of myself at the age of 7," she said.
In the future, Miley and Alexander hope to open a Build-A-Bear workshop or something similar. Until then, they are focusing on expanding the collection and getting as many people to take part in the record as possible. Every person who sends a bear gets an official certificate.
"The idea is if you don't have a world record at home, you can become a part of that world record simply by donating to the collection," Alexander said.
IF YOU GO
Teddy Bear Town
108 Main Street
Hill City, S.D.
Open Memorial Day weekend through late September. Open by request the rest of the year.
Hours: Daily 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. except Monday, when it opens at 2 p.m.