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Smokey Bear's 70th birthday party set Saturday

Smokey Bear is turning 70 and celebrating at the Brainerd DNR Tanker Base Saturday.

The tanker base is on Highway 210 east of Brainerd, a half-mile east of the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport entrance. The birthday event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no cost to attend.

Smokey Bear will be present along with birthday cake. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, sponsored by the Civil Air Patrol.

The event is aimed at the entire family. Helicopter demonstrations are at 1 p.m.

Participating in the event are North Memorial Air Care, Salvation Army Disaster Truck, Brainerd Fire Department, Brainerd Police Department, Experimental Aircraft and the Crow Wing County Sheriff's office.

The event is sponsored by the DNR and Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport.