Thackerville Volunteer Fire Department holds 7th annual Rattlesnake Roundup

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THACKERVILLE, OK - The Thackerville Volunteer Fire Department is shaking things up at their annual Rattlesnake Roundup.

Fire Chief Teddy Richey hopes it'll put some teeth behind their efforts to raise funds.

"We can always use it for new equipment, that's one of the reasons we have the equipment out laying right here which costs a lot of money so we try to do all we can to raise money," Richey said.

For the seventh year in a row people have come out to see vendors, firefighters and professional rattlesnake handlers put on a show, including stunts like walking out of a pile of snakes.

Participants also learn some things too, like what to do if a rattlesnake is on you.

Money raised at the Rattlesnake Roundup will also go toward finishing the renovation of the fire department.

"We need more room," said Richey. "We need more training room, new office, bigger doors where we can actually put more trucks in here."

Those who support the Rattlesnake Roundup said it's worth it.

"It's always a pleasure to help them and give something back for what little I'm making out of the deal then it gives them something back to work with too," said Allen Goldsmith, a vendor at the event.

The Rattlesnake Roundup continues from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids with $1 off for veterans.