Mangum rattlesnake festival seeks to boost tourism

Hundreds of rattlesnakes will be on display in western Oklahoma.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: April 26, 2013 at 11:42 pm •  Published: April 27, 2013
MANGUM — The 48th Annual Mangum Rattlesnake Derby continues through Sunday.

This western Oklahoma town is hosting thousands of visitors who come for the big snake hunt.

Hunters will provide hundreds of rattlesnakes for the derby. The snakes will be put in a large pit.

The first derby was held in 1966 as farmers sought a way to control snake populations, educate the public and boost tourism.

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