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Smokey Bear's 70th birthday celebration!

by Jessie Hawkins

That big, furry and smart Smokey the Bear is celebrating a milestone birthday. The big ol bear is turning 70! In honor of his 70th birthday the DNR invites you to the Airtanker Base at 10956 State Highway 37 for a celebration! The celebrations include a Smokey birthday cake (first come/first served), free drawings, games, goodie bags for the kids, public service information and helicopter demonstrations. You can view various air and ground fire-fighting equipment as well. Smokey Bear, Woodsy the Owl and Sparky the Fire Dog will join in the fun too! Enjoy free beverages courtesy of the DNR and the Salvation Army. Hope to see you there, Saturday, June 7th from 10am to 3pm. The Airtanker Base is located about a tenth of a mile east of the main entrance to the Range Regional Airport. Signs will be posted. And remember....Only you can prevent forest fires! : )