LAWTON, OK (TNN) - This weekend the Temple Volunteer Fire Department is hosting the annual Go Wild Hog Fest.
It starts Friday night with a hog hunt and continues all day Saturday with a giant party featuring lots of food, live music and much more.
The first part of the festival draws attention to a huge issue that farmers across southwest Oklahoma face.
"This was started nine years ago by Justin Ellis just to recognize the effect wild hogs have on the community, the surrounding communities, the farmers and their crops and their land. It’s just a way to help eradicate some of these and just draw attention to the destruction they cause,” said Temple Fire Chief Joe Harris.
The hunt kicks off Friday at 6 p.m., with there being two different ways to hunt.
"You need to be registered by then, we’ve got a few different classes. Firearms and then dog hunting. The firearms is $35 per person. The team and dog hunt are a $140 entry fee with 100% payback,” Harris said.
There will also be prizes for things such as biggest tusk. Hunters will have until 6 p.m. on Saturday to turn in their hogs, which is well after the rest of the party will have started.
"We’ll have all kinds of different food vendors, other vendors coming in, arts and crafts, some of them selling clothing. We’ve also started a flea market,” Harris said.
The event will also feature live music all day long, a mechanical bull, a performance by the Marlow Gun Fighters and even monster truck rides.
"I believe he can haul approximately 10 people at a time, we have a designated course for him to run on. Everybody will have a good time with all of that,” Harris said.
Chief Harris said there will also be bouncy houses and other activities for the kids. Plus, all of the money raised benefits the fire department.
"We appreciate all the support we get, we’re a small volunteer department, 16 members right now, money is always tight in a small community so any donations or anyone coming out to help us is greatly appreciated,” Harris said.
Chief Harris said the money raised this year will go towards updating equipment and purchasing a new brush truck. You can find more information about the event and how you can get involved here.