OVERBROOK, Okla., (KTEN) — The Criner Hills Volunteer Fire Department will host its Annual Bar-B-Q fundraiser on Saturday evening. 

Donations help support the department and cover the cost of things like fuel.

“Before the drought got here, our fuel bill would range from $200 to $300 a month," said Deputy Chief Michael Campbell. "It went to over $1,600 a month during the peak of the drought season.”

Donations are vital to volunteer departments like Criner Hills.

"It's used for fuel, insurance, to pay the electric bill... all of the things that any department needs to keep functioning,” Campbell said. 

It also helps them fund larger projects and purchase new equipment. 

“We try to do one big project a year, and this is how we fund it — whether it's a new truck or a kitchen remodel or adding a generator to the station,” said Love County Fire Chairman Chris Reding. 

Each year, the department — which serves portions of both Carter and Love counties — hosts two fundraising events.

“We’ll have a live auction, live music, all-you-can-eat barbeque food, so come on out and support us,” Campbell said. 

The event will be held at Criner Hills Station 1 at 3346 South Countyline Road in Overbrook.

“It's nice to see the community come together," Reding said. "A couple of years ago, we talked about only doing one fundraiser, and they said, no. It's a time when they get to come together and spend time together, and that's a big deal. So we see people at our fundraiser that we never get to see.” 

Live music starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and dinner will be served at 6.

Information about the Criner Hills Volunteer Fire Department fundraiser on Saturday, October 8, 2022.