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March 12th, 2011
Sweetwater Jaycee Rooster Ken Darnell shows spectators a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake at the 53rd annual Sweetwater Jaycees Worldâ€™s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up.
2011 Miss Snake Charmer Laney Wallace posed with many attendees of the 53rd annual Sweetwater Jaycees Worldâ€™s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up. She is shown with Lifetime Jaycee, Tom Wideman.
Every year the Sweet-water Jaycees Worldâ€™s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Sweetwater area from all over the globe. This surge of tourism brings with it lots of revenue for the city.
Area hotels are almost always full during the second week in March and restaurants are packed around the clock.
Since 1958, the world's largest rattlesnake round-up has been held in Sweetwater.
If your medicine cabinet hasn't been cleaned out in awhile (or ever), a chance to do so is coming up.
On Saturday, March 19, a Medication Cleanout will be held at the Sweetwater High School. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be done as a drive through.
Medication Cleanout was originated through the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Program with the Amarillo Independent School District and the Texas Panhandle Poison Center with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
Rattlesnake Round-up weekend is full of fun and excitement, which can leave residents a little worn out. The Monday after it may seem a little harder to wake up, but to make matters worse, this weekend is the beginning of daylight saving time.
Saturday night when you lay down, after this long weekend, make sure to set your clocks one hour forward.
A tribute to Terry Lane, Sweetwater Jaycee who recently passed away, was set up at the 53rd annual Sweetwater Jaycees Worldâ€™s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up.
Several vendors set up each year at the Worldâ€™s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up, including local businesses like DT Sorrells Saddlery of Sweetwater.
The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is the main attraction at the annual Sweetwater Jaycees Worldâ€™s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up. See many more photos online at www.sweetwaterreporter.com.
Sweetwater High School classmates, all juniors, took home every award during the 52nd annual Sweetwater Jaycees Miss Snake Charmer pageant held Thursday night at the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium. Laney Wallace was crowned Miss Snake Charmer, while Carly Johnson received runner-up honors and Ashley Stevenson was awarded second runner-up.
Both Wallace and Johnson tied for first place of the talent competition.
Each winner and talent winner was awarded scholarship money.
In light of the recent rabid cat sighting at Lake Sweetwater, the Sweetwater Animal Control would like to inform all pet-owners of the legal responsibilities of rabies vaccinations.
â€˘ Texas state law requires pet owners to vaccinate their dogs and cats against rabies by 4 months of age.
â€˘ Dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies either every year or every three years depending on the type of rabies vaccine used.
â€˘ Local ordinances may have more stringent requirements than state laws about rabies vaccinations.