The 49th Annual Mangum Rattlesnake Snake Derby is one step closer to completion. The first two days saw a wonderful plethora of people united for one goal: enjoy what Small Town, America has to offer. At times, people stood shoulder-to-shoulder as they sought great deals from the many vendors that sprawled the downtown area. Numerous people indulged themselves on the many sweets and fried foods the food trailers had to offer. Hundreds (if not thousands) descended on the carnival to try their luck at winning the many stuffed prizes. Still others proved their courage by riding fun and fast rides.
The most adventurous sought out the namesake of the derby. They found numerous opportunities to come face-to-face with the diamondback rattlesnake. Whether in the snake pit, the bus tour, or the big display box parked in the middle of it all, the mesmerizing serpent was easy to find. In fact, many visitors satisfied their curiosity by trying a sample of southern fried rattlesnake after watching the “preparation” process next door.
Jordan Clark of Mangum, OK, won the “Miss Derby Princess” title. Congratulations and blessings for her year of reign. Hunters have turned in over 2,000 pounds of rattlesnakes, despite the often tepid-to-cold spring Oklahoma had to offer. Events such as these come but once a year. You have one more day left to explore the many adventures the Mangum Rattlesnake Derby has to offer. Tomorrow, most events will begin at noon and continue until 4:00 PM. At 6:00 PM, the great exodus will begin, converting the lively where-it-is-happening atmosphere of Mangum, to the sleepy, friendly city the citizens have grown to love.
We hope to see you tomorrow.