Highlights from the Rattlesnake Rodeo
Posted by: April LaDonna
Date: Apr 15 2014 2:54 PM
There was "buckdancing" going on, Rattlesnake races, a greased pole cimbing contest, fried gator on a stick, and yes.....even fried rattlesnake on a stick. The weather was PERFECT!
I had the priviledge of attending the 54th Annual Opp Jaycee's Rattlesnake Rodeo on Saturday, April the 12th. The Rattlesnake Rodeo ran from April 12th-13th.
Saturday night, country music singer, Easton Corbin performed some of his hits songs, like "All Over The Road." The crowd was pumped and singing along with the country star. It was a great weekend. And if you've never been to the "Rattlesnake Rodeo," you should really check it out. The Opp Jaycee's hold one every year.
Here's a little history on the Opp Jaycee's Rattlesnake Rodeo:
Eastern Diamondback rattlesnakes have been rattling since the dawn of time, but they have been a main attraction in Opp, Alabama for the past 54 years. Mr. J.P Jones was the mastermind behind this small-town, community event. He, along with the Opp Jaycees, first organized this event as a fun-filled, family friendly weekend with snake shows, arts and crafts, and good food.
After several years, the rodeo has grown to include other activities such as beauty pageants, the Rattlin' 100 car race held at the South Alabama Speedway, snake races, buck-dancing contests, children's activities, karaoke contests, musical entertainment throughout the day, and the most popular Rattlin' Country Concert featuring Nashville Country Music Artists and Bands, as well as local groups. With all the activites scheduled throughout the day, we are certain the Rattlesnake Rodeo has something for everyone!
Attached are some pictures from Saturday, April 12th. (Courtesy of The Opp News)