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Salamonie Reservoir Christmas in July

Posted: Friday, June 7, 2013

Christmas in July will take place at the Salamonie Reservoir Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28. Campers are encouraged to decorate their campsites and join in a weekend of events designed to celebrate Christmas. Smokey Bear’s Bash will also take place during the weekend on Saturday, July 27.

Prizes will be awarded for the best campsites. Santa’s helpers will be roving the campgrounds at 7 p.m. on Friday evening to meet campers and answer questions. Saturday, from 2 to 4 p.m., campers can cool off with the Mt. Etna Fire Department.

Saturday participants can help decorate the interpretive shelter at 5:30 p.m. for Smokey Bear’s Birthday Bash and decorate bikes for the parade at 6:15 p.m. The Christmas Parade begins at 6:45 p.m. followed by Smokey Bear’s Birthday Bash with ice cream and punch at 7 p.m. The program is free; State Park and Reservoir gate fees apply: $5 or $7 for out-of-state vehicles.

Campsite judging begins at 8 p.m. for non-electric sites, 9 p.m. for electric sites also on Saturday evening. Campsite decorating winners will be announced Sunday by 9:45 p.m.

Reserve campsites can be reserved at (866) 622-6746 or online at For more information contact the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services at (260) 468-2127 or email