(BEDFORD) - Smokey Bear will be celebrating his 70th birthday this year on August 9th. Smokey may be 70, but he has no plans for retirement as his message "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires" is as relevant as ever.
To help Smokey celebrate his birthday, the Hoosier National Forest is inviting children entering grades K-5 to make Smokey Bear a birthday card for chances to win prizes.
Drop off or mail your card to Hoosier National Forest, Brownstown Ranger District, 811 Constitution Ave., Bedford, IN 47421. Cards are due byFriday, August 8 to be considered for judging. Any child dropping off their card will receive a gift from Smokey. Rules for the card are:
1. On an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper design your card using crayons, markers, watercolors, paints, etc. No computer generated images.
2. Write your name, contact information and upcoming grade on the back corner of the card.
3. Prizes will be given to first, second, and third place entrants in three divisions: grades K-1, grades 2-3, and grades 4-5
4. Cards will be judged on originality, design, artwork, and overall message.
5. Awards will be presented at a Smokey Bear 70th Birthday Celebration on August 15at Thornton Pavilion from 6 - 8 pm. Smokey Bear will be present at the award ceremony.
Remember, Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!
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