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Rattlesnake rodeo kicks off in Alabama

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 01:00

April 13 - Thousands show up for the 54th annual Rattlesnake Rodeo in Alabama. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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It's time for the Rattlesnake Rodeo in Alabama. Thousands come out every spring for the event. Coordinator Don Childre says visitors love getting up close to the snakes, which stretch up to six feet long. SOUNDBITE (English) EVENT COORDINATOR, DON CHILDRE, SAYING: "You get a little bit of an adrenaline rush. I always tell people that we don't have grizzly bears down here. This is one of the the more dangerous things that you can do. We've been having snakes at this place here for 54 years and we are having a bigger crowd every year." Visitor Jeri Bowman says the event has been educational for her and her grandson. SOUNDBITE (English) EVENT ATTENDEE, JERI BOWMAN, SAYING: "If I'm out in the woods, I'll know what to do when I see a snake truthfully yeah. Being from Alabama, I'm not in the woods that much, but now that I'm dating somebody who is in the woods a lot, yeah that will be comforting to know that." But that's not all - the rodeo also offers up the chance to try fried rattlesnake!

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Rattlesnake rodeo kicks off in Alabama

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 01:00