Thousands flock to rattlesnake fest
APACHE Afraid or not, thousands of people are turning out this weekend for the annual Apache Rattlesnake Festival.
There is nary an animal in Southwest Oklahoma that strikes as much fear into most people as the rattlesnake. But that hasn't stopped the Caddo County town's festival from multiplying its entire population several times over within the first full day of the event. Most visitors come from the area, making the short drive to Apache to enjoy a fangtastic Easter weekend. But some come from much farther than that.
"We used to live in Apache nearly 20 years ago," said Brett Wood, who traveled from Southern California to enjoy the event. "This is a good thing for the town, it really is. We don't get back here that often, but we always try to come to the snake festival if we get the chance."
Dozens of vendors were already set up, selling clothing, glasses and other accessories. The flea market has engulfed much of the downtown. Ron Orf, one of the event organizers, said dozens of vendors are turned away each year simply because there's not enough space.
It wouldn't be an Apache Rattlesnake Festival without food, as even more vendors were serving everything from chicken on a stick to funnel cakes and other tasty and probably unhealthy carnival food. But it's hard to come to a rattlesnake festival and not try actual snake meat.