Raccoon SRA to celebrate Smokey’s 75th with pedal parade

Raccoon State Recreation Area will celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday by having Smokey judge its annual pedal parade Aug. 3. There will also be some other Smokey-related events that day to celebrate the occasion.

Festivities begin with a fire safety demonstration at Chapel Shelter at 4 p.m. Smokey’s story will be told at 4:30 p.m. A bike safety presentation will be held at 5 p.m. People can decorate their bikes from 5:30-6:30 p.m. so Smokey can judge them.

The pedal parade begins at 7 p.m. and goes through the campground.

This program is free of charge and open to all park visitors. Standard park admission fees of $7 for Indiana vehicles and $9 for out-of-state vehicles apply.

 Raccoon State Recreation Area (on.in.gov/raccoonsra) is at 1588 S. Raccoon Parkway, Rockville, IN 47872.