Opp's Rattlesnake Rodeo Expecting To Bring Thousands To The City

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By Amanda Wade

Set up for Opp's Rattlesnake Rodeo is well underway at Chanel Lee Stadium, and organizers say it will continue throughout the night.
Coordinators say this year, the snakes are some of the biggest they have seen in a decade, which could lead to some interesting snake races, "The big snakes are a lot more dangerous than the small ones are, because they have the same poison, but the poison quantity is different. So the guys that are actually doing the race and handling them really have to watch one another's back when they are racing the snakes, " says coordinator, Don Childre.
Rodeo organizers expect between 12,000 and 16,000 people to come through the gates between Saturday and Sunday, especially with the weather forecast for the weekend, "It rained the last two times really bad, and it kind of washed everything out. But this year, sunshine. 80 degree weather. You couldn't ask for better, better weather for two days, Saturday and Sunday," says Opp Mayor, John Bartholomew.
As the stage gets set, excitement is building for Saturday's main performer, country singer Easton Corbin, "We're going to have guest passes to actually see him before the stage, a meet and greet. So if you're selected throughout the group, we're going to be giving out about 50 selected passes to have a meet and greet with him, and he's excited about that, " says Bartholomew.
 

The gates open at 8:00am for the Rattlesnake Rodeo and tickets are $10.00.



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