Annual Claxton Rattlesnake and Wildlife Festival set for March 9-10 | Events
EVANS CO., GA (WTOC) - The Evans County Wildlife Club will host the 46th annual Claxton Rattlesnake and Wildlife Festival March 9-10.
What was formerly known as a Rattlesnake Roundup has expanded to be a full wildlife festival featuring incredible new exhibits and live safari animals.
The weekend kicks off with the Miss Rattlesnake & Wildlife Festival Pageant on March 8 at 7 p.m. at the Wildlife Club. Ten young ladies from the area will be competing in this year’s pageant.
The Rattlesnake and Wildlife Festival parade will be held in downtown Claxton on March 9 beginning at 10 a.m. Over 200 units are entered to participate.
Festival gates will open as follows:
- March 9 at 8 a.m.
- March 10 at 10 a.m.
Over 150 events and booths including arts and crafts, food, snake handling demonstrations, live entertainment, rock climbing wall, a new zip line, and much more will be on hand for all ages to enjoy both days.
The 46th annual Claxton Rattlesnake and Wildlife Festival will take place in the Claxton-Evans Industrial Park, 501 Cedar Avenue in Hagan, GA (just outside of Claxton). Admission is $6 per person 6 years and over. Kids 5 and under will be admitted for free. Tickets will be available at the gate. Parking for the festival is free.
For the second year now, Brian Staples Safari will provide exotic animal shows and petting zoos featuring animals such as lions, tigers, monkeys and many more. Camel and pony rides will be available for the kids. There will also be Indian artifacts display, a horseshoeing exhibit, dog hunting demonstrations, kids’ bass fishing rodeo, a 3-D Archery Tournament, The Georgia Southern University Wildlife Center Birds of Prey flight demonstration, and exhibits from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Jacksonville Zoo, among many others.
A new event this year is the Brian Staples Safari Zoo Animal Magic Show, scheduled to be held on March 9, at 7 p.m. at Festival Headquarters under the Big Top tent in the Zoo area. Admission is $5 for adults; children 5 and under are free.
Keith Barnard, President of The Evans County Wildlife Club, stated in a news release, “We’re so excited to offer such an extensive array of wildlife again this year. Of course we have an enormous collection of rattlesnakes and endangered snakes for the community to see, as we have for the past 45 years. For only six bucks, we’re providing the most educational, hands on, and entertaining wildlife experience this area has ever seen.”
The annual Claxton Rattlesnake and Wildlife Festival raises money for the Evans County Wildlife Club to help with their ongoing efforts to keep wildlife and the community safe and preserved.
For more information on the club or festival, visit www.evanscountywildlifeclub.com or call 912.739.3820.
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