South Georgians round-up rattlesnakes - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

South Georgians round-up rattlesnakes

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Cairo High seniors plead after vandalism

    Cairo High seniors plead after vandalism

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:54:46 GMT
    Some high school seniors who pulled a destructive prank several months ago find out their punishment. They could have gone to jail. The prosecutor didn't think that was the best course to take.   CairoMore >>
    Some high school seniors who pulled a destructive prank several months ago find out their punishment. They could have gone to jail. The prosecutor didn't think that was the best course to take.More >>
  • Man severely burned over a debt

    Man severely burned over a debt

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:54:46 GMT
    An Ashburn man is recovering after he was doused with gasoline and set on fire.  The man accused of doing it is in jail.       Family members and friends of John Lawson say they still can't believe whatMore >>
    Neighbors along Harrison Avenue in Ashburn are still in shock after John Lawson was set on fire.More >>
  • Former civil rights director has new book

    Former civil rights director has new book

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:52:37 GMT
    The former director of the Albany Civil Rights Institute returned to the museum tonight to read excerpts from his new book.      Dr. Lee Formwalt's book "Looking Back, Moving Forward: The Southwest GeorgiaMore >>
    The former director of the Albany Civil Rights Institute returned to the museum tonight to read excerpts from his new book.      Dr. Lee Formwalt's book "Looking Back, Moving Forward: The Southwest GeorgiaMore >>

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.

Feedback: news@walb.com?subject=rattlesnakerounduppreview/sb

Powered by WorldNow