Halstead Fire/EMS is hosting its annual fund-raiser picnic June 6 in an effort to raise money for the department.

The event kicks off with festivities at 4 p.m. in Scout Park, at the corner of Third and Santa Fe streets in Halstead.

Food will be served at 5 p.m., and raffle drawings will be at 6:30 p.m.

Jim VanSchaick, Halstead fire chief, said the picnic is “always a fun event.”

“It’s a good opportunity to see Halstead, and it’s a good opportunity to visit with fire/EMS,” he said. “We always have lots of food and lots of things for the kids to do.”

Fire/EMS workers will be on hand to visit with the public and answer questions.

Activities will include kid’s games, a hydrant hook-up and a smoke house, where kids can go through a structure filled with smoke to simulate an emergency situation, and fire/EMS workers help them through the situation.

The smoke house is owned by Harvey County Emergency Services.

There also will be a raffle drawing of prizes donated by businesses in and around Halstead, including those from Newton, Hutchinson and Wichita, VanSchaick said.

The menu will feature hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans and homemade desserts.

The event is by donation.

VanSchaick said the department raised just less than $4,000 last year through the fund-raising picnic event.

He said the funds are used for projects “out of the norm of our regular budget.”

One of the main items the department is hoping to raise funds for this year is a trailer for their ATV, which costs between $1,000 and $1,500.

Halstead Fire/EMS responded to 657 emergency calls in 2008 and is on its way to matching or exceeding that this year, VanSchaick said.