ELGIN, OK (KSWO) - The cool weather and chance of rain couldn't keep the crawfish and hot rod lovers away. The 13th annual Crawds N Rods festival kicked off Saturday. Each year the Elgin Fire Department hosts the highly anticipated event in hopes of ranking a little extra cash for their fire safety programs for children.
A sense of accomplishment and excitement fills the air as Chief Mike Baker and his team celebrate another year of helping the community.
"To watch it grow over the 13 years, it started out with 200 pounds of crawfish at our fire station, and it quickly grew to this," said Baker. "We're upwards of 175 cars in our car show, and we're very happy."
The fire fighters brought 3,500 pounds of crawfish all the way from Louisiana. One of the famous cooks and Deputy Chief Michael Morland says he loves cooking for such a good cause.
"It's a very important event for the community, not a lot of areas in the community do fire prevention like Elgin does," said Morland.
Crawds N Rods raises money for fire prevention week at schools to teach children the importance of fire safety, but Baker says there's more to it.
"It's a good economic boost for this whole town and for our fire department," said Baker. "It's what funds our whole fire prevention program."
From crawfish to hot rods to poker runs and carnival rides, Baker knows just how lucky he is to have the town come out to enjoy the day and support their event.
"We're super thankful for everybody that comes and supports us in adverse conditions," said Baker. "This is our 13th year and we've had a couple bad years, but they all still come."
The department's goal with the car give away and crawfish meal is to raise at least $25,000 dollars.