Event, Tillamook Forest Center, Tillamook State Forest

Smokey Bear birthday celebration to be held August 9 at Tillamook Forest Center

The first Smokey Bear poster from the US Forest Service.

TILLAMOOK FOREST – It’s Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday, and the Tillamook Forest Center is celebrating with a special birthday party on Friday, August 9 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. to honor the beloved forest icon. 

Just don’t leave any candles burning unattended in Smokey’s cake, because, after all, only YOU can prevent wildfires.

Featuring cake, prizes, songs and games to celebrate the venerable U.S. Forest Service mascot, there’s even a rumored visit by Smokey himself, though we’re pretty sure it’s the costumed variety, not an actual bear.

Held at the Tillamook Forest Center, the event is one of many taking place this year across the nation to celebrate the ‘birth’ of Smokey – a fictional character in an ad campaign that took, in many aspects, a real life of his own. 

On August 1, Smokey Bear license plates will become available to Oregon motorists who are purchasing a vehicle or renewing their registration, with proceeds benefiting Keep Oregon Green, a Salem-based nonprofit whose focus is the prevention of wildfires.

Smokey Bear was the creation of a 1944 ad campaign by artist Albert Staehle under the direction of the U.S. Forest Service to help prevent wildfires in WW2 America, according to the Ad Council, a nonprofit organization that produces and promotes public service advertisements.

+ posts

Chas Hundley is the editor of the Gales Creek Journal and sister news publications the Banks Post and the Salmonberry Magazine. He grew up in Gales Creek and has a cat.

Sign up for free Gales Creek news in your inbox ↓

Paid advertisements

The groceries your family needs!

New patients only, no cash value, cannot be combined with any other offers