Thackerville Volunteer Fire Department holds 6th annual Rattlesnake Roundup

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Vendors and a silent auction make up only part of this benefit put on by the Thackerville Fire Department.

But this isn't your typical fundraiser.

It's the department's 6th annual Rattlesnake Roundup. In the back of the firehouse rattlesnake handlers put on a show once every hour. In this pen filled with more than 70 snakes they show these reptiles off by piling them and spinning them around.

Fire Chief Teddy Richey hopes the snakes will get people in the door.

"A lot of departments do fundraisers with chili cookoffs, stuff like that," said Richey. "We try to be a little different."

And the shows are already rattling some people up.

"I like when they put them on everybody and put them in their mouth and stuff like that," said Ricky Unger, who saw one of the shows.

Richey said the money raised from this year's roundup will help buy new equipment and Pay for training. He said they'll also use funds to finish fixing up the firehouse.

While Richey doesn't have an exact figure in mind he's asking the community for one thing.

"Just come out and support a volunteer fire department," said Richey.

The Rattlesnake Roundup will take place again Sunday from Noon to 6 p.m.

Admission to see the show is $5.

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