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Smokey’s 75th Birthday Party at the Ocoee Whitewater Center

To celebrate Smokey’s 75th birthday, the Forest Service is conducting a celebration at the Ocoee Whitewater Center on August 10 from 10 am–3pm.

Smokey’s OWC birthday celebration will include games, demonstrations, activities, snacks/cake, prizes, and a drawing for a unique Smokey Bear prize. Smokey will be there to enjoy the festivities and to meet and greet visitors.

The Smokey Bear campaign is the longest-running public service announcement in American history. Smokey Bear was created on August 9, 1944, when the USDA Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters, and the Ad Council agreed that a fictional bear would be the symbol for their joint effort to promote forest fire prevention. Then, in the spring of 1950, in the Capitan Mountains of New Mexico, a young bear cub found himself caught in a burning forest and was rescued by firefighters. He survived and was named “Smokey Bear.”

The Ocoee Whitewater Center is a perfect setting for Smokey’s birthday celebration. It is surrounded by natural beauty, adventure, history and outdoor fun. Set in a narrow, twisting, rocky river gorge, the OWC offers something for nearly everyone. Relax in a rocking chair, hike, stroll the walkways, picnic, watch whitewater rafters pass by, learn about history and nature, play in the water, or test your mountain biking skills, it’s all there for your enjoyment.




  • Address: Ocoee Whitewater Center 4400 Highway 64 Copperhill, TN 37317 United States