Parade, pageant to kick off Rattlesnake Round-Up events

Heath Cornutt, Sweetwater Jaycee President and Chairman of the 55th Annual World’s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up, has released the schedule and prices for the upcoming Round-Up on March 8-10, 2013. The Jaycees have released that they will be paying $10 per pound for live Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes. The Jaycees have collected more than 300,000 pounds of Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes since the start of the Round-Up in 1959. Cornutt stated “this price will be paid all three days with no weight limit on number of pounds brought in.” The Rattlesnake Round-Up is held annually on the second weekend in March at the Nolan County Coliseum Complex in Newman Park.The events and schedules are listed below:Thursday, March 7, 2013:The Rattlesnake Review Parade will be at 4:30 p.m. The Miss Snake Charmer Scholarship Pageant will be at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Auditorium, located at 400 Locust. Ticket prices for adults (13 and up) are $8 per person. Student tickets (6-12) are $5 per person.Friday, March 8, 2013: The Rattlesnake Round-Up will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Saturday, March 9, 2013: The Rattlesnake Round-Up will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.Sunday, March 10, 2013: The Rattlesnake Round-Up will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Round-Up ticket prices for adults (13 and up) are $10 per person. Tickets for students (6-12) are $5 per person. The Jaycees will be offering a military discounted price with a military ID of $5 per person all three days.Jaycee sponsored dances:On Friday, March 8, from 8 p.m. to midnight the Mike McClure Band will perform with Bo Phillips and Zack Edwards opening up the show. Ticket prices at $10 per person.On Saturday, March 9, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Eleven Hundred Springs will perform with Clayton Gardner and Josh Ward opening up the show. Ticket prices are $15 per person and $25 per couple.Both dances are BYOB with a cooler charge. No glass containers will be allowed. Doors open both nights at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door. All Jaycee sponsored dances are held at the Jaycee Barn at 307 W. 4th Street in Sweetwater.The Annual Sweetwater Rifle & Pistol Club Gun, Knife, and Coin Show is held annually during the World’s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up in the Nolan County Coliseum Annex in Newman Park in Sweetwater with this being their 53rd year.The show will be open Friday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, March 9, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket prices are $5 (12 and over) per person. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by a parent.For additional information, call the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce at 325-235-5488.