• Jose Salazar

Whigham to host 60th Annual Rattlesnake Roundup

On Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 the annual Rattlesnake Roundup will be held in Whigham, Ga. from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. This will be 60th anniversary of the event, as "In 1960, the city of Whigham hosted their first 'Rattlesnake Roundup' as a way to collect the snake venom needed to make anti-venom," according to WTXL.

The Roundup attracts about 20,000 visitors each year, according to the Grady County Chamber of Commerce. The Rattlesnake Round-up Grounds are located at 267 East Broad Avenue (U. S. Highway 84) in Whigham.

Parking is free, and admission will be $5 for all except children who are too small to walk and those who are in wheelchairs. Also, the price for families is capped at $20. No dogs will be allowed except for service dogs.

According to the event's official website, the 2020 Roundup will feature over 100 vendors and 15 food vendors, as well as arts and crafts such as belts, handbags, jewelry, and clothing. As always, there will also be snake handling demonstrations by trained professionals.

This year's Roundup will also include entertainment such as live performances by The Johnnie Marshall Blues Band, animal rides for children, rock climbing, and zip lining.

Also, there will be an educational reptile show at 10 a.m., noon, and 2:30 p.m. "At the roundup, professional snake handlers demonstrate the milking of snake venom from an Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake," according to the Grady County Chamber of Commerce. There will also be a talk from experts about how to identify venomous and non-venomous reptiles of our area, how to be safe when encountering reptiles in the wild, discussions about common myths and misconceptions regarding snakes and other reptiles, and instructions on correct first aid treatment for a snake bite, according to the official website for the event.

This Rattlesnake Round-up is sponsored by the Whigham Community Club.

Below is a video of the Johnnie Marshall Blues Band performing so that you can get a quick glimpse of what to expect of their performance at this year's Rattlesnake Roundup.