Sweetwater Jaycees Promote Rattlesnake Round Up at the State Capitol This Week

Lead Writer

The rattlesnakes were back in the state Capitol this week.
That’s not a dig at legislators. The real ones, courtesy of the Sweetwater Jaycees, were in Austin and commanded the floor. The yearly Capitol visit draws jokes about slithering lobbyists and lawmakers, but also serves as a promotional tool for the March event.
“We’re down here basically to provide safety and handling demonstrations at the Capitol and to let people know what our event is about,” Jaycee Rob McCann said. “We are about safety, we are about educating the public, and helping out the Big Country.”
The Jaycees were promoting their annual World’s Largest Rattlesnake Roundup, slated for ​March 8-10 at the Nolan County Coliseum. This year will be the 61st.
Miss Texas Madison Fuller joined the Jaycees and their rattlesnakes at the Capitol this week and will also be attending the Annual Rattlesnake Round Up.
Started in 1958 to initially rid the city and area of rattlesnakes, the Roundup has grown into a family-friendly event. An average roundup will attract about 30,000 visitors from across the state and around the world.
In 2018, hunters brought in 4,867 pounds of rattlesnakes.
*See more in print or online edition.