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Big Hearts: Volunteers keep Miss Snake Charmer tradition alive

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - The city of Sweetwater filled the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium on Thursday night. It marked the 59th Miss Snake Charmer Pageant. 
 
This year's theme took the contestants and the audience to Italy. 
 
"We're kind of doing a traveling around the world thing," says volunteer, Carola Martin. She is the producer of the show, "Years ago, my husband joined the Jaycees and back then, he was a first year Jaycee and I thought it would be a neat thing to do. Pageants were not at all in my past."
 
It's a different story for Carolyn Mullican, who has also helped with the pageant for nearly three decades as the contestant director, "When I was 16, I was in the pageant. It was a lot of fun. I didn't get crowned Miss Snake Charmer, but I did get Miss Congeniality. I did make it into the finals which was really exciting.
 
Mullican says this role is just as exciting, "You know every girl, you just fall in love with. I think it's hard for just one to be chosen because in my eyes, they're all winners."
 
Martin adds, "Every year, it's wonderful. I have never been disappointed in any queen we've ever crowned."
 
Both Martin and Mullican are teaches at Sweetwater ISD. They put in a lot of time leading up to the roundup to make sure the show goes off without a hitch. 
 
The Miss Snake Charmer Pageant is a scholarship opportunity for Big Country high school students. It comes with opportunities to represent Sweetwater and the Jaycees, but also gives the winner an opportunity to go into the rattlesnake pit during the World's Largest Rattlesnake Roundup. 
 

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