The Sweetwater Jaycees are ready to welcome over 40,000 guests to their 61st Annual Rattlesnake Round-Up March 8th - 10th at the Nolan Country Coliseum, 1699 Cypress Sweetwater.

In 1958, the Sweetwater Jaycees started this event as a way to control the overpopulation of rattlesnakes that were hurting people and endangering livestock. Today the Rattlesnake Roundup features food booths, a Barbecue Cook-off, nightly dances, a carnival, a giant flea-market and an awesome gun show.

The Worlds Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up will open it's gates 8am and the dances start at 7pm. Guided snake hunts begin at 10am daily and the public is invited to spectate on bus tours. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5-12 and free for kids under 5.

Bus tours to snake hunt and habitations happen daily, however the rattlesnake eating contest is scheduled for Sunday afternoon. Contact the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce at 325-235-5488 for more info.