The national champion of wildfire prevention and the face of the longest-running PSA campaign in the United States, Smokey Bear, has turned 75 this year. Since 1944, Smokey Bear has had a dramatic impact on reducing the number of human-caused wildfires in America. And 75 years later, he’s still working hard—a legacy that great deserves the celebration to match.
Texas A&M Forest Service invites you to wish Smokey Bear a happy birthday at the grand finale birthday bash on October 19th. Come see the official “Friends of Smokey Bear” hot air balloon that’s traveled all the way from Albuquerque, New Mexico. This must-see balloon is nearly 10 stories tall and 72 feet wide!
In addition to the hot air balloon, the party will also feature children's games, arts and crafts, bounce houses, a dunking booth, piñatas, face painting, a meet and greet with Smokey, educational booths and—of course—birthday cupcakes. This come-and-go event is free and open to the public. All are invited to celebrate 75 years of Smokey Bear!
Smokey Bear was born on August 9, 1944, when the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council agreed that a fictional bear would be the symbol for their joint effort to promote forest fire prevention. The first posters of Smokey Bear depicted him pouring a bucket of water on a campfire and saying, “Care will prevent 9 out of 10 fires.” In 1947, his slogan became the familiar, “Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires!”
Then, in the spring of 1950, in the Capitan Mountains of New Mexico, a young bear cub found himself caught in a burning forest. He took refuge in a tree, and while managing to stay alive was left badly burned. The firefighters who retrieved him were so moved by his bravery, they named him Smokey. News about this real bear spread across the nation, and he was soon given a new home at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. The living symbol of Smokey Bear, he played an important role in spreading messages of wildfire prevention and forest conservation. Smokey died in 1976 and was returned to Capitan, New Mexico, where he is buried in the State Historical Park.
Celebrate the enduring legacy of Smokey Bear at his 75th Birthday Bash this weekend! Attendees are requested to register online at www.eventbrite.com. For more information regarding Smokey Bear's 75th Birthday Bash, please call (979) 691-4000.
While we provide plenty of on-site entertainment at The Point on Redmond Apartments in College Station, Texas, we believe that having fun within your larger community is equally as important. Do just that during this event on Saturday!
Saturday, October 19, 2019—10:00 AM
Event Venue Location:
George HW Bush Library Center
1000 George Bush Drive West
College Station, Texas 77845