Parade, pageant kick off Round-Up events
Ray Cornutt, Sweetwater Jaycee President and Chairman of the 54th Annual World’s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up, has released the schedule and prices for the upcoming Round-Up on March 9-11, 2012. The Jaycees have released that they will be paying $10 per pound for live Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes. The Jaycees have collected more than 300,000 pounds of Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes since the start of the Round-Up in 1959. Ray stated “this price will be paid all three days with no weight limit on number of pounds brought in.” The Rattlesnake Round-Up is held annually on the second weekend in March at the Nolan County Coliseum Complex in Newman Park.The events and schedules are listed below:Thursday, March 8, 2012The Rattlesnake Review Parade will be at 4:30 p.m. The Miss Snake Charmer Scholarship Pageant will be at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Auditorium, located at 400 Locust. Ticket prices for adults (13 and up) are $8 per person. Student tickets (6-12) are $5 per person.Friday, March 9, 2012The Rattlesnake Round-Up will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Saturday, March 10, 2012The Rattlesnake Round-Up will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.Sunday, March 11, 2012The Rattlesnake Round-Up will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Round-Up ticket prices for adults (13 and up) are $8 per person. Tickets for students (6-12) are $5 per person. The Jaycees will be offering a military discounted price with a military ID of $5 per person all three days.Jaycee sponsored dancesOn Friday, March 9, 2012, from 8 p.m. to midnight Brian Keane and Granger Smith will perform with ticket prices at $10 per person.On Saturday, March 10, 2012, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. the Steve Helms Band and JB and The Moonshine Band will perform with ticket prices at $15 per person and $25 per couple.Both dances are BYOB with a cooler charge of $5 to $10, depending on cooler size. No glass containers will be allowed. Doors open both nights at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door or online at www.outhousetickets.com. ALL Jaycee sponsored dances are held at the Jaycee Barn at 307 W. 4th Street in Sweetwater.The 52nd Annual Sweetwater Rifle & Pistol Club Gun, Knife, and Coin Show is held annually during the World’s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up in the Nolan County Coliseum Annex in Newman Park in Sweetwater.The show will be open Friday, March 9, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, March 10, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, March 11, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket prices are $5 (12 and over) per person. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by a parent. For additional information, call the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce at 325-235-5488.