is the first year that the RattleSnake Rodeo has offered a VIP ticket
for all musical performances," Laird said. "The VIP tickets
are $20 and ticket holders will be seated closest to the stage and are
guaranteed to see the concerts inside if it rains. The VIP tickets are
rain or shine tickets."
outstanding entertainment will continue on Sunday, April 2, with
contemporary Christian and gospel concerts throughout the day. An encore
presentation by 2nd Wind will be at 2 p.m. followed at 3 p.m. by Rockie
Lynne, a newcomer to the country scene whose debut song climbed quickly
to number 31 on the country music charts in February.
the RattleSnake Rodeo is primarily a huge two-day community event, the
rodeo actually gets underway as early as February with the RattleSnake
Songwriter’s Workshop and 2nd Annual Songwriter’s Festival. Laird
said the Songwriter’s Festival brings together both professional and
amateur songwriters from all across the Southeast. The festival gives
songwriters a stage for honing their skills and performing their songs.
The songwriters will have an opportunity to perform at the
RattleSnake Rodeo before appreciative audiences.
1965, the first Opp RattleSnake Rodeo Beauty Pageant was held with
contestants from Alabama, Florida and Georgia competing for the titles.
The tradition continues with RattleSnake Rodeo beauty pageants for girls
ages 6 through 20 in early March. The queens will reign over the
RattleSnake Rodeo festivities on "rattlesnake" weekend, April
1 and 2.
Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo Karaoke Contest is back by popular demand. The
preliminary contests were held in February and the finals on March 5.
The contest is sponsored by The Four Sons Club. The Junior Karaoke
Contest for ages 13-20 will be held at 3 p.m. on March 12 at The Four
Sons Club. The winners in both divisions will perform at the RattleSnake
Rodeo on April 2.
all that activity going on around Opp, it’s a thousand wonders that
any snakes would rattle around the city. And, actually, they don’t.
"We have snake hunters who supply the snakes for the demonstrations
and the races," Laird said. "And, we do buy some snakes. But,
like I said, you can come to the RattleSnake Rodeo and never see a
it’s also possible to come and never get to try the tasty delicacy,
fried rattlesnake. So, rodeo participants are encouraged to get in
line early or they might be disappointed to see the "Sold Out"
sign on the fried rattlesnake wagon. Ben Courson, manager of Opp’s
Co-op, is not going to let that happen. He comes around early when there
are snakes sizzlin’ in the pan.
Co-op helps the rodeo committee get ready for the rodeo by furnishing
the posts, gates and wire needed to "beef up" security at the
concerts. "We help out with things that the rodeo needs to
section off the staging area," he said. "We like to do what we
can. The RattleSnake Rodeo is a big event for Opp. It brings in a lot of
people and a lot of businesses benefit. I really enjoy the rodeo and so
do a lot of other people." Courson didn’t say so, but it’s safe
to say that he also likes being around in the early "stages"
of the rodeo – before the fried rattlesnake sells out.
Treadwell is a freelance writer from Brundidge.