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April 7, 2010

Waynoka set for snake hunt

Woodward, Okla. — The 64th annual Waynoka Rattlesnake Roundup will kick off this Friday afternoon with the opening of the famous snake pit.

Brandon Eslick, one of the snake hunt organizers, said “the snake pit will be open most of the weekend.”

The snake pit will be open until dark each night to give visitors to the Rattlesnake Roundup plenty of time to get an up-close look at the rattlers and other slithering snakes.  Visitors can even get their picture taken with the snakes, he said.

In addition to the snake pit, visitors can take in the snake show on Saturday and Sunday and watch snakes being butchered.  

“We’ll be cutting them into pieces and frying them up,” Eslick said.

Or visitors can purchase some frozen meat to fry up themselves at home, he said.

But if snake meat isn’t really your thing, Eslick said there will be a free ham and beans feed Saturday starting at 11:30 a.m. in the Waynoka Saddle Club Building.

“They’ll serve it until it’s gone,” he said of the free food, which is provided thanks to donations from a number of area citizens and businesses.

However, the goal of the annual rattlesnake hunt is to see who can find the longest diamondback rattlesnake.  In fact, cash prizes will be awarded to the snake hunters with the four longest diamondbacks.  Other cash prizes will also be awarded for the longest prairie rattler and the longest Oklahoma gyp rock snake.  Prize snakes will be measured and awards handed out at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Waynoka Saddle Club Building.

Other events during the Rattlesnake Roundup include a snake tails contest sponsored by Ben Buckland, a live musical performance by the Tall Cotton String Band on Saturday afternoon and a bike rodeo at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Waynoka rodeo grounds.

The Lewellen Amusement Carnival is also providing some family fun in conjunction with the snake hunt.  The carnival, which will be located the downtown square, will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information about the Waynoka Rattlesnake Roundup, call (580) 737-0170 or contact Eslick at  (580) 273-5337.

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