Rattlesnake Roundup - Sweetwater, Texas

Rattlesnake Roundup
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Annually, the second weekend of March.


Sweetwater is in Central Texas

What's Happening?

Since 1958, the World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up has been held in Sweetwater, Texas and sponsored by the Sweetwater Jaycees. The Round-Up is held annually on the 2nd weekend in March at the Nolan County Coliseum.

Food and Drink

Lots of choices at the Roundup. You might try deep-fried rattlesnake or head over to the Chili and Brisket Cook-Off.

What Activities are there for Snake Phobics?

  • Round-Up Parade
  • Chili and Brisket Cook-off
  • Miss Snake Charmer Pageant
  • Sweetwater Gun, Knife, and Coin Show

What Activities are there for Rattlesnake Aficionados?

  • Rattlesnake Sighting Bus Tour
  • Guided Snake Hunt
  • Rattlesnake Weigh-in
  • Rattlesnake Handling Demonstrations

About Rattle Snake Roundup

Who might go to the Roundup in Sweetwater, Texas? Well, not snake lovers. At the roundup, they deep fry the rattlesnakes and eat them. And certainly not those who are afraid of snakes because they might actually see a live one. Yet, somehow, The Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater Texas has become quite a draw and has grown over its 18-year history.

Visitors to the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup can choose from a great number of snake-themed things to do. The Rattlesnake Review Parade snakes its way through downtown Sweetwater. In the evening, treat yourself to a Miss Snakecharmer Pageant. If you want to see snakes, attend the early morning weigh-in for the World's Largest Rattlesnake competition, go on a guided snake hunt or watch snake-handling demonstrations. Or, stay away from reptilian delights and enjoy the chili and brisket cook-off.

The Roundup is sponsored by the local Jaycees. Proceeds are donated to charity.

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