Smokey Bear Birthday Party 2017

In what is fast becoming an annual tradition we celebrated the Smokey Bear birthday party at the Forest Heritage Discovery Center on Sunday, August 6.

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The children seemed to really enjoy their visit with Smokey and the birthday cake, sub sandwiches, and orange drink. They also got to learn a little about forest conservation and fire safety!

It took the efforts of many people to make this event happen:

  • Bob Rudy organized the event, arranged for the donations and put on the Smokey suit.
  • Ranger Brandon Black accompanied Smokey and drove him around the park.
  • Charlie Meyers brought a box of plastic Smokey to distribute.
  • Joe Dague volunteered at short notice to run the Forest Heritage Center.
  • Peter Linehan helped out for the first part of the afternoon.
  • Walmart in Chambersburg donated the beautiful cake and the six-foot sub.
  • McDonald’s Delamor Enterprises donated the orange drink.

Smokey Birthday Party 2016

Yesterday’s Smokey Bear birthday party at the Forest Heritage Center at Caledonia State Park was a great success. Over 115 people came to wish Smokey a Happy Birthday and learn a little about wildfire safety and the story of forest conservation in Pennsylvania. Given that it was a perfect sunny Sunday afternoon, there were many visitors at the park, including families with children.

Many thanks to our sponsors: Walmart for the cake and sub, and McDonald’s for the drinks.

Thanks to our volunteers: Bob Rudy (sponsors and Smokey), Joe Dague (volunteer and firepump demonstrator), and Peter Linehan (volunteer).

Thanks to Caledonia State Park Director Phil Schmidt and Ranger Brandon Black for your help. And finally thanks to Phil Bietsch from Bureau of Forestry District 1 for helping us get the Smokey suit.