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The Red River Spirits Band, Live from Downtown Mangum

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This year, the Mangum Rattlesnake Derby proudly brings you the Red River Spirits Band. The Band will be performing live Saturday night.

The Red River Spirits Band is a Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Blues, and Country cover band from southwest Oklahoma. The Band features Clifford Smith on vocals and harmonica, Johnny Barnes on vocals and lead guitar, Kevin Rich on lead guitar and vocals, Rob Johnson on bass guitar, and Anthony White on drums. Clifford Smith and Johnny Barnes hail from Los Angeles where they were with the Regulators. Kevin Rich is also comes from Los Angeles. Having made their home in southwest Oklahoma, and teaming up with Rob Johnson and Anthony White, they have forged a unique sound for audiences of all ages. In addition, they have the added benefit of being able to cater to specific styles.

Come join the Red River Spirits Band with their large diversity of musical styles that a lot of music lovers will enjoy! Check the schedule of events for more details.

3rd Annual Rattlesnake Run

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Some of the prizes that can be won at the 3rd Annual Rattlesnake Run are:

  • Two (2) $50 gift certificates from Attitude’s Ink Tattoo Studio
  • One (1) $50 gift certificate from Anvil Tattoo
  • Three (3) $40 gift certificates from Smiley’s Tire and Auto
  • One (1) $30 gift certificate to from Western Sizzlin’
  • One (1) free oil change from Smith’s Firestone (a $26.99 value)
  • One (1) full service oil change from Kwik Kar (a $36.99 value)
  • One (1) standard free night from Hampton Inn
  • Three (3) $10 gift certificates from Tacos El Rey
  • Three (3) sets of coupons for a free sub, chips, and drink from Jersey Mike’s

Please note, the above list is not exhaustive. For the latest information concerning the Rattlesnake Run, please visit their Facebook page.

Events Schedule is Updated

The Rattlesnake Derby is a little over a month a way. The Association is making last-second preparations. Snake hunters are hauling in their catch. Vendors are taking inventory and stocking up for the show. Its an exciting time around Mangum! All you vendors out there still interested, continue to send us your comments and we will do our best in relaying all the necessary information.

The Event Schedule page has been updated to reflect the most current times of this year’s festivities. The schedule is similar to last year. In addition times and events may change without prior notice.

We hope to see you soon!

Rattlesnake Season Officially Opens!

Today marks the official start to Oklahoma’s rattlesnake hunting season. The season applies to prairie rattlesnakes, western diamondback rattlesnakes, timber rattlesnakes, and massasaugas. There is no size restrictions or daily bag limits. So, hunters can catch as many as they can carry.

To legally hunt rattlesnakes, each hunter must have a valid resident or nonresident hunting license, unless otherwise exempt. Exemptions to the licensing requirement can be found here. In addition to the licensing requirement, no hunter shall introduce any toxic substance, including gasoline, into or around dens for the purpose of taking rattlesnakes. Such method of harvest is ILLEGAL. In addition, any rattlesnake that is taken illegally cannot legally be sold at an organized hunt. Doing so is a violation of state law.

I encourage everyone who hasn’t traveled into the wild to hunt rattlesnakes to try it just once. Hunting rattlesnakes is a great way to walk off your winter gut, enjoy nature, and get your adrenaline going. As my cousin once said, “snake hunting is [his] bungee jump.” So, take a leap, expand your horizons, and do something that will earn you some bragging rights among your friends.

For more information on state laws related to snake hunting, please visit the Oklahoma Wildlife Department’s website.