Okeene Rattlesnake Round-Up
Come out for one of the oldest rattlesnake hunts in the world. The Okeene Rattlesnake Round-Up, held annually the first weekend in May, is a three-day event that includes entertainment for all ages. Visit the festival's Den of Death to see snake handlers put on a show with live rattlesnakes for crowds of festival-goers, or leave the snake pit and enjoy high-flying rides and fun midway games in the event's annual carnival. An Okeene tradition for more than 70 years, the Okeene Rattlesnake Round-Up is one of the state's original snake hunts, entertaining generations with vendors, street dances and live musical entertainment.
The festivities begin on Thursday with a sneak peek of the carnival rides. Head to the event to get an extra dose of thrills before the festival officially begins. Friday, snake hunt registration begins. Participants must be registered to hunt, buy or sell snakes. Caravans will be available to transport visitors to the snake hunting grounds. The butcher shop opens on Saturday, so make your way over to purchase fresh snake meat. Other events at the Okeene Rattlesnake Round-Up include the popular Old Smokey Show, a horseshoe tournament, poker run and pancake breakfast.