44th annual Rattlesnake Roundup

By Dal Cannady - bio | email

CLAXTON, GA (WTOC) - Crowds could not have been more excited to see the Third Infantry Band and the rest of the parade for the Evans County Wildlife Club's 44th annual Rattlesnake Roundup.

"It could not be better. The weather is absolutely perfect. Crowd's great. Nothing but good things," said Bruce Purcell, Wildlife Club President.

The parade, carried live on WTOC, brought thousands to town. The fun then shifted to the grounds of the Evans County Wildlife Club. Folks looked through arts and crafts, checked the latest in hunting and fishing, even practiced landing the big one with the DNR's help.

A new attraction for this year was Georgia Southern's Wildlife Education center and the star of their show, Freedom the bald eagle.

But the largest crowds flocked to the snake pit as hunters brought their catches to see who had the largest or the most. It's enough to bring people from near and far.

"They're just fun to look at, watching them strike at people, watching their rattles go off. It's a lot of fun as long as they're in a cage," said Dawn Floyd of Reidsville.

Organizers say it's just small town fun at it's best complete with a queen. The 2011 Miss Rattlesnake Roundup is Kristin Lott.

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