Some came to meet celebrities, collect autographs and bid on auction items. Others were there for the music, the food or to catch up with neighbors and friends. But everyone who went to Spring Creek Arena Sunday for the Celebrity Fund raiser was there to give their support to Cooke County volunteer fire departments.

The final numbers for attendance and money earned for the departments is not yet available, but Muenster fire chief, Herbie Knabe said he’s pleased with the response from the community.

“We’ve had a lot of positive response from businesses — people volunteering to help. We’ve got a good crowd and it just goes to show people are concerned about our volunteer fire departments.

He said local fire departments brought in some of their trucks so people could see the vehicles and equipment each department has to work with.

“Some of the (volunteer fire department) trucks need to be replaced,” he pointed out. He said volunteer fire departments in our area are having a hard time, but he’s impressed with the amount of time and money people were willing to contribute for the cause.

Knabe said the fund raiser was two or three months in the making. He added that celebrities such as Robert Fuller, Ken Farmer, Jennifer Savidge, Glen Morshower and James Hampton were willing, not only to give their time for the fundraiser but also to help publicize and plan the event.

Arena visitors had much to entertain them.

The Guns of Timber Creek, an award-winning group of actors who specialize in old west gunfight reenactments, performed for the crowd.

Chad Briley, also known as Jesse Coleman said the group’s theme is “let us take you back in time.”

There was western and swing music provided by the Tailor Made Band. Some people were even got up and danced to the lively music.

Volunteer fire department members served the crowd burgers, sausage dogs, chips, soda pop and sweet iced tea. Kids and adults alike chilled out with snowcones.

Fans of western and mainstream movies got the chance to get photos and autographs from stars of movies and television shows such as Emergency, 24, JAG, and Silverado.

Selected citizens and celebrities were also at risk of being “arrested” and placed in the stage jail until money could be raised to bail them out. Cooke County District Attorney Cindy Stormer braved the lock-up as did actors Robert Fuller and Jennifer Savidge. Callisburg Fire Chief Wesley Jenkins also did time in the stage jail.

Paradise residents Marvin Livengood and Steve Maxfield said they were there to take in the sights and reminisce about good times in Cooke County.

Livengood said being back in an arena reminded him of past times.

“I had the grand champion steer in 1960 at the Cooke County Fair,” he remembered.

A woman and her husband from Sherman said they heard about the event on Lisanne Anderson’s Channel 12 early morning show and decided to come out see what was going on. She said she was having a great time and “It’s for a good cause.”

Gainesville resident Barbara Callaway said she was there to support the efforts of Cooke County volunteer fire departments.

“It (the fundraiser) is needed to help our volunteer fire departments because the funding they get from the county is not enough,” she explained.

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