Celebrate Christmas in July and Smokey Bear’s birthday with games, food, a parade, live music, campsite decorating and more at Salamonie Lake on July 28 and 29.
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 party at the pond from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. involving water games with Mt. Etna 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 in the modern campground at Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area. Visitors can have a birthday snack with Smokey after the parade.
Live music runs from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday.
Judging of decorated Christmas-themed campsites begins at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. Winners will be announced at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the modern electric program campground shelter.
Salamonie Lake (stateparks.IN.gov/2952.htm) is at 9214 West-Lost Bridge West, Andrews, 46702.