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South Georgians round-up rattlesnakes

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January 25, 2008

Whigham-- The crowds won't arrive until Saturday but as vendors set up Friday morning, many admit they're fans of the festival themselves. 

"I've been coming since I was a child, my parents owned the same business, leather craft. Now my brother and I are still in the business and keep coming for over 25 years," says vendor Robert Hawthorne. 

The event was started by the Whigham Community Club in 1960 as a way to thin out the over-populated rattlers. The roundup has gone through changes, always growing. 

"Well its only gotten better. We have continued to put on a good show from the beginning until now and I'm looking forward to a great show this weekend," says Myron Prevatte, community club member and one of the former organizers of the event.

"We'll have snakes on display. We'll have educational demonstrations on snakes and their aspects. Dispel a few myths about them and hopefully educate people," says Barry Strickland, the Snake Ring Coordinator. 

A new amphitheater built on the grounds will allow people a better look at the snakes during shows.  But don't worry, says Strickland,  "If you don't like snakes, you don't have to see them. We've got 200 arts and crafts vendors, all kinds of food."

Speaking of food, if you're brave enough, you can even try rattlesnake meat!  "Some say its like chicken, others don't.  I like it," says Hawthorne.  Who knows, you just might like it too.  Sarah 

 The Rattlesnake Roundup starts Saturday at 8 a.m. Admission is just $1.

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