Elgin Firefighters cooked up a big enough feast to extinguish anyone's appetite. They spent months preparing for Saturday's event, and say they're driven by the people who attend. The firefighters gladly cooked thousands of pounds of mouthwatering crawdads in exchange for a chance to educate the public.
Good weather, fun rides, a traditional Louisiana crawfish boil, and the chance to drive away in a custom hot rod brought people to Elgin Saturday.
"Well it is just a great event for Elgin and for the community. There is good food, good music, and just great cars," said Tina Ballard. "It is just a great thing to come to."
Crawds ‘N Rods began as a small fundraising event in the Elgin Fire Station. On Saturday, Elgin Firefighters said they couldn't even bring in enough crawfish to feed the demand.
Elgin Fire Chief Mike Baker said that the Saturday's turn out was double what they expected. "We are shocked," said Mike Baker. "We went way up on the crawfish. Every year, we go up two hundred pounds. We went up a thousand pounds this year, and we are still going to run out."
The unexpected crowd means more money for the Elgin Fire Department's Fire Prevention Education Program that teaches kids the basics of fire and its dangers.
Baker said little lessons like "get out, stay out, and how to feel the door" can mean the difference between life and death.
"It is very important to us if we can teach them to get out and stay out, that is safe for us and safe for them," said Mike Baker. "It makes it less likely that we are going to have to go into a burning house because everyone is out and they will call us quicker and we will get there quicker and get it out quicker."
All of the money raised through Saturday's event goes to a hands-on education and awareness program and educational materials for local schools.