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Snakes are in Brownwood for the 49th annual Rattlesnake Roundup

By Shenna Stout, sstout@ktxs.com
Published On: Mar 15 2013 08:09:25 PM CDT
BROWNWOOD, Texas -

Snakes are invading Brownwood... for the 49th annual Brownwood Rattlesnake Round Up.

Tasty treats, vendors selling a little bit of everything, and of course, snakes are to be expected.

What is it about deadly rattlesnakes that brings a community together?

"We get to hold them!" said Cody Brooks, a snake spectator.

"To me a lot of it is, and believe it or not, it's the people you meet," said vendor Allen Goldsmith.

The snakes clearly don't scare people off.

"I'm not scared of them because I know that certain snakes mimic other snakes, I learned that in school," said Tyler Brooks.

For some it's the food that brings them to the round up.

How about fried rattlesnake? If that's not your thing there's chocolate covered strawberries and cheesecake on a stick.

Jackie Bibby, the Texas snake man, is also expected to perform his daredevil stunts this weekend.

With all of the attractions, months of planning went into the round up.

"With vendors we try to get prepared around January, if not earlier, because a lot of the vendors come from Oklahoma and up north," said organizer Ashley McLaughlin.

Allen Goldsmith is one of those vendors. He has come to the Brownwood Round Up for the last ten years.

"I start at the end of February and go until the middle of May just doing round up shows in Texas and Oklahoma," said Goldsmith.

Regardless of what brings people together during the Rattlesnake Round Up, they keep coming back.

The round up lasts until 8 on Friday night and starts again at 9 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.