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Smokey Bear Party Planned July 18 At Salamonie

Celebrate Smokey Bear’s birthday at Salamonie Interpretive Center, July 18.

Also scheduled is a program on current flood conditions at the Upper Wabash Reservoirs and a caravan to Salamonie Dam.

The birthday party will begin at 5 p.m. with Friends of Upper Wabash Interpretive Services selling hot dogs, chips and drink for $2 and cotton candy $2 per bag. Kids’ activities, including water games, are scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

The Upper Wabash reservoir dam program also begins at 5:30 p.m. and will cover the 1913 flood through dam construction and recent water levels.

At 6:45 p.m., the Mt. Etna Volunteer Fire Department will escort Smokey Bear to greet his party guests. Light refreshments will be served.

A caravan to Salamonie Dam observation mound will follow at 8 p.m. Ice cream and popsicles will be served (free), and cotton candy will be available for $2 per bag.

Salamonie Interpretive Center ( is located in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, 3691 S. New Holland Road, Andrews, just off of State Road 105.