Snake-Viewing Steals Spotlight At Rattlesnake Rodeo

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By Catalina Trivino

Channel-Lee Stadium has opened its gates for another year of the Rattlesnake Rodeo.

"The rodeo has been going on for 53 years in Opp... a long time!" Said Don Childre, who has been coming to the rodeo the last 43 years. Now, he coordinates the event and is also a snake handler.

"This is an Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake. This is what people come to the Rattlesnake Rodeo to see," Said childre handling one of the 35 snakes.

While the snake viewing has taken over the spotlight, there's also fun for all ages, including shopping and live entertainment by country bands Little Texas and Steel Magnolia. And with more than a hundred food vendors at the rodeo, you should be able to find anything that satisfies your craving -- but if you're feeling courageous you can always try the rodeo's famous rattlesnake meat.

Rodeo visitors like Jennifer Richardson say they're back to re-live the experience.

"It's probably been about 30 years... and my dad brought me and my brother back then. And now, I'm back with my kids and niece and nephew," Said Richardson.

Gates will open again tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. and tickets are $20, but if you arrive before 3 p.m., you'll only have to pay $10.

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