Round-Up brings in over 3K pounds of rattlesnakes

March 10, 2014

Contestants dig into fried rattlesnake during the rattlesnake eating contest at the Round-Up this weekend. Pictured are 2014 Miss Snake Charmer Hannah Smith of Snyder and Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Leah Andrews. (Photo by Tatiana Rodriguez)

Thousands attended the 56th Annual Sweetwater Jaycees World’s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up.
The total pounds of Western Diamondback Rattlesnake weighed totaled 3,890 pounds, an increase from last year’s total of 2,361 pounds. Those bringing in the most pounds of rattlesnake were first place Andy Lee with 681 pounds, second place Dennie Braswell with 592 pounds, third place Darrell and Kat McIntyre with 346 pounds, fourth place Eric Timaeus with 342 pounds and fifth place Bill Stinson with 282 pounds. The longest rattlesnake was caught by Darrell and Kat McIntyre and measured 76 inches long.
Other contests were held at the Round-Up including the rattlesnake eating contest. The winner was Tonya Osteen of Sweetwater. Coming in second place was Nicolas Roy of Midland and Chris Thomas of Baird took the third place spot.
The Sweetwater Jaycees held their beard contest with the Longest Beard award going to Riley Sawyers. The Best Looking Beard award went to Darrell Sorrells and the Ugliest Beard award went to Brian Breeding.
The Jaycees also held a Public Beard Contest with the Longest Beard award going to “Big Rick” Parker of Fort Worth. The Best Looking Beard award went to Jerry Stanford of Laplata, Missouri and the Ugliest Beard award went to Salvador Castañeda of Fort Worth.
Miss Snake Charmer 2014 Hannah Smith, reigning Miss Texas Ivana Hall and second runner-up at this year’s Miss Snake Charmer Pageant Casey Whoolery-Pratt were the judges for both beard contests.

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