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Tuesday, August 9, marks Smokey Bear’s 67th birthday.  To celebrate, the Friends of Wyalusing State Park will sponsor a special event in Smokey’s honor.   Smokey Bear’s Birthday Party will start with a parade through the Wisconsin Ridge Campground (overlooking the Wisconsin River), led by Smokey Bear himself.  All area children and campers are invited to participate in the parade, either on foot or on bicycle.  Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated bicycle (or trike, wagon, stroller, etc.) as well as the best decorated   campsite.  The theme for decorating is Campfire Safety/Smokey Bear/Forest Fire Prevention.  In addition to the parade, a program on forest fire prevention and campfire safety will be presented. Cindy Kohles, DNR Forest Ranger will have a DNR fire truck on site. The true story of Smokey Bear will be told. Children can play “Pin the Hat on Smokey”.  Refreshments will be provided, including a Smokey Bear Birthday Cake, complete with 67 candles, donated by Ma’s Bakery of Bloomington.  All children will receive Smokey Bear Activity Books as well as other Smokey related items. 
Smokey Bear’s Birthday Party will start at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, in the Peterson Shelter at Wyalusing State Park. Bruce Klang, president of the Friends of Wyalusing State Park encourages local residents to pack a picnic supper and spend an evening at one of Wisconsin’s most scenic state parks.  “The festivities should conclude just in time to watch the sun set from the beautiful bluffs high above the Mississippi River”, added Randy Paske, vice president of the organization.
A state park admission sticker is required on all vehicles.  For more information, please call Wyalusing State Park Office at 608-996-2261 or visit our website at www.wyalusing.org.

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Basket Weaving at Wyalusing

Adults and children joined  Effigy Mounds National Monument Ranger, Mary Techau, in the scenic Lookout Point picnic shelter, overlooking the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers at sunset, creating small reed baskets. Over 21 Wyalusing State Park campers joined Techau as all created ornament baskets. The very warm weavers were busy twisting small, thin reeds around a a set of reed spokes, eventually creating three color baskets of all shapes and sizes. Additional photos can be found by clicking here.

The program was made possible through the Friends of Wyalusing State Park. Many other programs have been planned for park visitors. Facebook users are encouraged to "like" the Friends of Wyalusing State Park. 
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