Beginning earlier this week, Brown County Jaycees and venders from across the state began assembling their booths and preparing for the 49th annual Rattlesnake Round up. At 3 p.m. on Friday, the doors to the coliseum were opened to reveal a wonderland of booths, the smell of delicious food and a pit of venomous rattlesnakes with their tales rattling away.
It would be easy to get lost in the myriad of choices, but to the left in the middle of the line of booths sits a rattlesnake skin booth, full of everything imaginable made from actual rattlesnake skins.
The man behind the booth is named Jerry Channel and making useful items out of rattlesnake skin has been his job for nearly 15 years. Channel began working with rattlesnake skin when his brother-in-law needed help in his business.
“Family helping family,” said Channel
He has been coming to the Round Up for the past three years on his own, but had helped his brother-in-law at the rattlesnake centered event for longer.
These days, Channel no longer works for his brother in law business. He said he only sells his rattlesnake business a little bit in the spring, but he makes nearly everything sold in the booth.
Those passing Channels booth had to stop and take a closer look at the merchandise. One child, Durham Brown had a rattlesnake bracelet bought for him which he showed off happily, but all the while longed for some more merchandise from the booth.
In between bouts of shopping, those who visited the Rattlesnake Round Up were privy to up close viewings of a snake and its lethal fangs, a showing of how to process a snake and a martial arts demonstration.
Booths at the Round Up included every imaginable all in one convenient location. Booths ranged from jewelry, scentsy, toys, wooden bow and arrows, T-shirts, energy drink samples, food booths of all sorts including cheesecake on a stick and much more.
The Round Up will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. During the next two days, visitors can see entertainment including stunts with rattlesnakes, demonstrations, shop at different vendors and enjoy a variety of food.