Waynoka Rattlesnake Round-Up

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Waynoka Rattlesnake Round-Up Downtown
Waynoka, OK 73860

Phone: 580-541-4169
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The annual Waynoka Rattlesnake Round-Up began in the 1940s when area ranchers attempted to rid the surrounding ranch land of rattlesnakes, which were a threat to their cattle. The ranchers banded together and began hunting Western Diamondback rattlesnakes during a yearly event. That event, which has become a local ritual, now draws thousands of participants and has expanded into a larger festival.

During the Waynoka Rattlesnake Hunt, the downtown square is blocked off to make way for vendor booths and carnival rides. Shop for one-of-a-kind items in the festival's flea market, or put ...

The annual Waynoka Rattlesnake Round-Up began in the 1940s when area ranchers attempted to rid the surrounding ranch land of rattlesnakes, which were a threat to their cattle. The ranchers banded together and began hunting Western Diamondback rattlesnakes during a yearly event. That event, which has become a local ritual, now draws thousands of participants and has expanded into a larger festival.

During the Waynoka Rattlesnake Hunt, the downtown square is blocked off to make way for vendor booths and carnival rides. Shop for one-of-a-kind items in the festival's flea market, or put your nerves to the test with a visit to the festival's popular Den of Death, where skilled snake handlers put on a show with live snakes to the delight of visitors situated along the sidelines. Sign up for a thrilling snake hunt and then make your way back to the festival grounds for carnival rides and a variety of fair food concessions.

The Waynoka Rattlesnake Round-Up comes to a close with a ceremony where captured snakes are measured and weighed. Prizes will be awarded for the longest snake captured alive, the most pounds caught and for the most rattles on the end of a rattler. See which lucky participant will catch the longest Diamondback rattlesnake, Gypsum Rock rattler, Prairie rattler and more. Stick around for an auction where the longer snakes are auctioned off to the highest bidder. For a wild weekend, make your way to this year's Waynoka Rattlesnake Round-Up.

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  • Facility Amenities: ADA Compliant

  • General Information: Free admission

  • Group Amenities: Accommodates Tour Groups, Bus/Motorcoach Parking

  • Projected Attendance: 25,000

Located approx. 12 miles north of US-412 on 281.

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From heather hanstein on 02/13/15

That's my uncle Gary in most of those pictures and its been many years since I've been but I was born and raised around the snake hunt and he always tried to get me in the pit with him and 25 years later I still have never been in it


From Paula Slater on 01/28/15

I love going to the Waynoka it's fun to see the snakes and arts and crafts and of course to go to the sand dunes !!!


From Kevin Smith on 12/04/14

is there anybody that would take someone with them


From TravelOK.com Staff on 09/03/14

Lesley, the most recent event date has passed. When we get the 2015 date for this event, it will be listed at the top of the page next to the event name. Please check back for updates. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Lesley jenkins on 09/02/14

when is the round up


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/18/14

For vendor or band information, please use the email address, website or phone number listed at the top of this page to reach the event coordinator. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Ty Coon on 04/17/14

Hello. I have a great country band that is looking to play the festival next weekend. The gig we had fell through. Let me know if there are any openings. You can check us out at reverbnation.com/themillsband


From Tammy on 03/12/13

Been there. Used to live there. Lots to see and do. Little Sahara if you do dune buggies or 3/4 wheelers. Small carnival in town for kids and LOTS of booths for shopping and eating. Kids will love it and its a nice place close to home to spend the day


From TravelOK.com Staff on 03/04/13

Kim, the 2013 Waynoka Rattlesnake Round-Up is April 5-7. We have the dates listed in the yellow bar to the right of the festival name above. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Kim on 03/03/13

I am just wondering the date of the hunt and festival


From TravelOK.com Staff on 01/24/13

Jeb, we know hunts are offered, but not if they are guided. For that you would need to contact the event coordinators at 580-541-4169. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From jeb clements on 01/23/13

Does this festival have guided hunts and how would I find one. Thanks


 
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