Mangum Rattlesnake Derby

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Mangum Rattlesnake Derby Downtown
Mangum, OK 73554

Phone: 580-782-2434   580-471-0076
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The Mangum Rattlesnake Derby is an annual event featuring everything from carnival rides to live rattlesnake shows. Visitors to the derby will have the unique opportunity to travel deep into the countryside surrounding Mangum to hunt rattlesnakes. All hunters must register at the event's Rattlesnake Headquarters. After a brief safety meeting, hunters are led onto private land in an attempt to catch local rattlesnakes. Put your nerves to the test and sign up for a spot on two daily caravans for an experience you won't soon forget.

If hunting rattlesnakes is not your idea of a good time, have no fear. The Mangum Rattlesnake Derby is a festival for the whole family. This derby is also home to one of the largest flea markets in Oklahoma.  Hundreds of vendors flock to Mangum each year to sell their goods to passing patrons. Browse through booths at the flea market, visit the Arts & Crafts show, or peruse Artist Alley, a section of the market set aside for local artists to display their works. Stop by the food court and pick up a tasty treat from dozens of available food vendors.

The Mangum Rattlesnake Derby is an annual event featuring everything from carnival rides to live rattlesnake shows. Visitors to the derby will have the unique opportunity to travel deep into the countryside surrounding Mangum to hunt rattlesnakes. All hunters must register at the event's Rattlesnake Headquarters. After a brief safety meeting, hunters are led onto private land in an attempt to catch local rattlesnakes. Put your nerves to the test and sign up for a spot on two daily caravans for an experience you won't soon forget.

If hunting rattlesnakes is not your idea of a good time, have no fear. The Mangum Rattlesnake Derby is a festival for the whole family. This derby is also home to one of the largest flea markets in Oklahoma.  Hundreds of vendors flock to Mangum each year to sell their goods to passing patrons. Browse through booths at the flea market, visit the Arts & Crafts show, or peruse Artist Alley, a section of the market set aside for local artists to display their works. Stop by the food court and pick up a tasty treat from dozens of available food vendors.

Bring the whole family to the Mangum Rattlesnake Derby and enjoy the carnival area filled with rides, games and fun. Ticket booths are located throughout the carnival. As an added bonus, the Shortgrass Rattlesnake Association is proud to present a free concert and street dance featuring a local band. And on Saturday following the crowning of Miss Fang you can watch as cloggers and square dancers dance in downtown Mangum.

No trip to the Mangum Rattlesnake Derby would be complete without a visit to the Snake Pit. Watch as experienced snake handlers walk amidst a pit of snakes. The Snake Pit houses hundreds of rattlers as they freely roam inside a glass enclosure. Each show lasts approximately 45 minutes. Don't forget to secure the ultimate souvenir: a picture taken with a live rattlesnake. Expert snake handlers will be on-hand to shoot family photos with live snakes. The photo booth is located next to the Snake Pit. After the show, head over to the Bite-a-Snake Cafe to try a serving of fried snake meat. Complete your snake adventure with a safari bus tour. Visitors to this derby will also have an opportunity to take a safari bus to an actual rattlesnake den site to see them in their natural environment.

Stick around on Sunday to see the event's Longest Snake Contest. Make your way to the rattlesnake buying platform to see live snakes stretched and measured under the watchful eye of expert handlers. The current record stands at 84 inches (seven feet).

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  • Facility Amenities: ADA Compliant

  • General Information: Free admission

  • Group Amenities: Bus/Motorcoach Parking

  • Projected Attendance: 40,000

Located 40 miles south of I-40 on Hwy 283/34.

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From Waleah Norton on 03/28/15

It is a tradition that I grew up with. For those worried about animal cruelty we never thought about the sanctity of the life of a rattlesnake in Mangum, Oklahoma. I'm thinking about taking some friends this year to show them this odd tradition as well as the town of Mangum where I grew up. Every town in Oklahoma has it's thing...this is one of Mangum's. P.S. They sew the snakes mouth shut to take your picture with it, and they taste just like chicken!


From Robert Montgomery on 01/12/15

Have been going for over 30 years. Love it, kids loved it, and now a group of about 30 of us go every year!


From Erik on 01/05/15

horrible event and a horrible cause/tradition.


From BRANDY LOVETT on 12/03/14

WE GO ALMOST EVERY YEAR. LETS HOPE THIS YEAR IS BETTER THAN LAST YEAR.LETS GET MORE PEOPLE INVOLVED WITHWHAT IS GOING ON IN THEIR AREA.


From dawn on 04/21/13

Oklahoma can be better than this! Stop proving everyone's opinion that we're a bunch of moronic rednecks.


From just me on 04/08/13

rattlesnakes will kill you if you don't kill them first!


From Abby on 04/05/13

Stop promoting animal cruelty. Respect life. Respect all life!


From Sarah Bernard on 04/03/13

Pay to kill!!!!!!What is-it?????Are-you serious??????Where is the respect of the Life!!!!!!!!


From Scot on 03/18/13

How do you get a picture taken with a live rattlesnake without it biting you?


 
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