Celebrate Christmas in July and Smokey Bear’s birthday with games, food, a parade, live music, campsite decorating and more on July 27 and 28 at Mississinewa Lake.
From 8 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, chow down on pancakes and sausage prepared by the Friends of the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services. Donations will be accepted.
Other Saturday activities include a playground party near the campground gate from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. involving water games with the local fire department, a youth archery shoot (staff will provide equipment and safety instruction) and a cornhole tournament.
A parade honoring Smokey Bear’s birthday begins at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday at the campground gate. Visitors can share a snack with Smokey after the parade.
Judging of decorated campsites begins at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. Winners will be announced at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the campground shelter.
Campsite reservations can be made at camp.in.gov or by calling 866-622-6746.
Property entrance fees are $7 per in-state vehicle and $9 per out-of-state vehicle.
Mississinewa Lake (stateparks.IN.gov/2955.htm) is at 4673 S. 625E. Peru, 46970.