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Rattlesnake Roundup in Walnut Springs

In 2011 the Walnut Springs Business for Youth in Agriculture decided to bring back the Rattlesnake Roundup to Walnut Springs. It was originally started by the Lion’s Club in the mid to late 1960s. The Lion’s Club ran the Rattlesnake Roundup until the early 1990s. The Rattlesnake Roundup is a local family friendly festival with all kinds of vendors, carnival rides, games, entertainment, foods and much much more. The Good Ol’Boys snake handlers put in an awesome show with the rattlesnakes that are bought in for the competition. Yes, a competition to see who can bring in the most snakes and also the largest snake. The winners receive $100 prize, a trophy and of course bragging rights. Concession stand always serves breakfast and hot coffee for earlier risers, along with their famous BBQ sandwiches and Texas tators throughout the day and evening. Ladies in the community donate homemade pies to sell in the concession stand with other goodies. Saturday night is always hopping with the annual snake dance. This year will be the same as last year... 2 bands for the price of one. With the purchase of a $10 wristband at either the Rattlesnake Ballroom or at the dance you can go back and forth between the two. At the Snake Dance, Calamity Jane is playing and at the Rattlesnake Ballroom, Justin Ross full band will be playing. The dance is BYOB (no glass containers) but the Rattlesnake Ballroom no outside beverages. Concession stand will be open during the dance serving pizza, nachos, popcorn and non-alcohol drinks. The Walnut Springs Business for Youth in Agriculture is a non-profit youth support group. The income from the Rattlesnake Roundup helps support local youth with their agricultural projects at county fair, scholarships, community support, and youth activities throughout the year. Hope you will find time to come out and enjoy the festivities at the annual Walnut Springs Rattlesnake Roundup March 6th-8th.

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Be a superhero, donate blood

Have you ever fantasized about being a superhero? With the surge in popularity in superhero movies over the last decade, many people have probably daydreamed about their own adventures in saving the world. While the average person probably isn’t going to start lifting cars over their heads any time soon, there is a way for everyone to be a superhero. Donating blood saves lives and its something that a lot of people can do but just don’t think about it. A blood donation can be made in less than an hour, and each donation of a little less than one pint of blood has the potential to save up to three adult lives, or the lives of six children, according to Mike McCoy of Carter BloodCare.

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