Most likely, if you’re reading my blog, you know that I am from Sweetwater, Texas.
Did you know…
Sweetwater is the home of the World’s Largest Rattlesnake Roundup? If you’re from Sweewater or the surrounding area, you definitely know, and more than likely, you either:
a) look forward to it every year. Absolutely, 100% “Red Solo Cup”, die-hard, party rockin’ weekend marked for the second weekend in March every year on your calendar.
b) specifically plan your vacation during the second weekend in March, because you want absolutely NOTHING to do with those *@#$&% snakes, all the rowdy teens at the carnival, and the weather always stinks on the Roundup weekend anyway, so might as well be on a beach somewhere, right?
My family tends to land somewhere in the middle.
My father-in-law is a Rooster Jaycee (meaning he’s a lifetime member, although I think it’s been quite a few years since his last appearance), so we typically get free or discounted admittance. And let’s face it, who can resist all the FOOD?! Funnel cakes, sausage on a stick, turkey legs, funnel cakes, fried twinkles and other various “you fried WHAT?!” items, and did I mention funnel cakes?!
Well, for those of you who aren’t Sweetwater natives, you’re in for a “treat”. I will say though, I had my uncooperative nearly 5 year old in tote, so these aren’t anywhere near as creative and fun as I would have liked. Nor did I get to peruse the flea market(s). Maybe next year. We’ll see.
Usually, the festivities are kicked off with a parade, but of course, there was rain this weekend, so no parade. It didn’t put a damper on the pageant, though, and I’m so glad, because that’s my favorite part!
This young lady did a glow in the dark dance number, and I LOVED it, and this shot!
Our 2012 Miss Snakecharmer
Then there’s the Friday festivities! Inside the actual Roundup…
Konnor and a friend of ours, Larry, with one of the “nasty snakes!”
Didn’t your momma teach you it’s not nice to stick your tongue out at people? These snakes have been measured and weighed, and are in a big trash barrel waiting to be milked. The venom is harvested for anti venom. From there, the snakes go on to be deheaded, then skinned. They do various things with the meat, ranging from frying it to selling it (from what I understand, it is considered an aphrodisiac in eastern cultures, and I myself have witnessed this being eaten raw by some Asians in attendance). The skins are, of course, sold to various vendors to be used in the making of different things, such as boots, belts, etc. People from around the world come to the Roundup every year. There are also prizes awarded for the longest snake, shortest snake, and the most pounds brought in. I do believe the going rate this year was $10 a lb.
You wouldn’t believe the things some of the vendors sell…and they DO sell…
Waiting for the information booth show to start.
This little hisser is HOT!
This is David Sager, the face of the Sweetwater Jaycees, and my husband’s cousin’s dad. Very, very brave man, but also very, very knowledgeable. Yes, he’s holding that snake in his bare hand.
The BEST hand squeezed lemonade you’ll ever have. Just ask Jar Jar Binks…LOL.
I would have liked to have gotten a few images from the flea market, but again, the 4 year old’s meltdown prevented it, so I’ll leave you with one last image, and a little note. Leave them alone, and they’ll go home, rattling their tails behind them…
Seriously though. Be careful out here in the wild, wild West Texas!
Be sure to jump over to Krista’s 10 on 10 to see what her crew has been up to!