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Get your Smokey Bear Hot Air Balloon collector’s button at the Iron Bridge Trailhead or at the Welcome Center at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie on Saturday, May 5
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By U.S. Forest Service Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
April 24, 2018

What’s a day with Smokey Bear without something special to remember it by? Get your free Smokey Bear Hot Air Balloon collector’s button at the Iron Bridge Trailhead or in the Welcome Center at the USDA Forest Service’s Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie on one day only – Saturday, May 5, 2018.

On this very special day, the 145,000 cubic foot, 97-foot-tall special shape Aerostar Friends of Smokey Bear hot-air balloon will be set up on a static display on Highway 53 near the Iron Bridge Trailhead. Smokey’s hat brim alone is 72 feet in diameter. There will also be a 27-foot-tall Smokey Bear cold air balloon at the Welcome Center. Both displays will provide a fantastic backdrop for photos – and especially with the whole family wearing their Friends of Smokey Bear Hot Air Balloon button.

“We really want everyone to have something to remember this amazing day,” said Midewin Prairie Supervisor Wade Spang. “All year long, we look forward to the first Saturday in May, and now everyone will have a keepsake they can wear at this annual event for years to come.”

We look forward to seeing you as we participate in the local community’s Red Carpet Corridor Festival activities! Come for the balloon and stay for the blooms – so much more: Details about nature and farm history hikes and a Natural Resources Expo are online, here:

Hyperlinks: Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Website

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