2019’s “Bee Safe, Only you can Prevent Forest Fires.”

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It is with great pleasure that the Great Falls Balloon Festival Board of Directors release the 2019 Festival Theme in partnership with the Maine Forest Service! “Bee Safe, Only you can Prevent Wildfires.”

This year’s theme was based on Smokey Bear celebrating a major milestone, his 75th Birthday! We welcome you to come and celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th by seeing him bigger than ever and joined by two more special friends.

Accompanying Smokey Bear will bee (you guessed it!) Special Shapes, Queen Beeloon & Bunch of Bees.

“Why forest fire prevention? Well, quite obviously, what draws locals and visitors alike to Maine are our coasts, forests, and mountains. We are surrounded by such beautiful bounty…why wouldn’t we want to protect it?” Said Tracy Collins, President of GFBF. “It only seemed appropriate when approached by the Maine Forest Service that we take part in such a huge milestone for an iconic figure. Adults and kids can bond over Smokey Bear!“

The Board of Directors worked Closesly with local Designer, Hannah Dugie, of E+H Creates, to come up with a logo that embodies Smokey the Bear as well as Maine’s Forest Service. She was inspired by Smokey Bear as well as a scouts badge.

The Great Falls Balloon Festival provides guests with a full experience when attending the festivals. Activities include Balloon launches, Moon Glows, Parades, pancake breakfasts, and more! We look forward to seeing you in August and Remember “Bee Safe, Only YOU can prevent Wildfires!”

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