Rattlesnake Roundup Celebrates Last Day with Big Numbers

Published 03/09 2014 11:35PM

Updated 03/10 2014 12:03AM

The World's Largest Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater ended their 56th year with big numbers.

Overall, the roundup collected a total of 3,890 lbs worth of snakes, according to the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce. Sweetwater Jaycee member Louis Torres says they've collected more than last year. On Sunday, the longest snake recorded was 76 inches, turned in by Kat McIntyre.

The first place for the heaviest was given to Andy Lee whose snake weighed up to 681 lbs. The second place sat at 592 lbs.

The roundup has become a huge economic boost for the city. Thousands gathered inside the Nolan County Coliseum since Friday not only from the Big Country, but as far as Japan.

"I think it's awesome to see how many things you can make out of snakes," Natalia Reynaga, first-time attendee from California said. "My husband hates snakes but I forced him to come so I can see what it's all about."

Reynaga's husband also took part in the fried rattlesnake-eating contest. Almost a dozen participants joined the contest to determine who can eat the most rattlesnakes in one minute. At the end, the trophy was awarded to Tonya Osteen.

"I think this is awesome," says Osteen. "I think I'll my trophy above my fireplace."

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