Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo returns for 2021 season

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OPP, Ala. (WDHN) — The 60th Annual Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo is back for another year of food, music, art, and, of course, rattlesnakes.

“This will be our 60th year,” said Rattlesnake Rodeo Director Pam Potter. “It was started years ago by a man named J.P. Jones.”

Story goes, Jones had lots of hunting dogs that were being bit and killed by rattlesnakes.

“He was trying to think what could we do that would serve two purposes,” explained Kelly Brandin, Executive Administrator for the Opp and Covington County Chamber of Commerce. “They would capture the rattlesnakes to prevent their dogs from being bitten and then they utilized the rattlesnakes at the rattlesnake rodeo.”

But what started as a small concert has since turned into a major festival that includes food, vendors, and top-notch music.

“We will have some wonderful entertainment,” Brandin told WDHN. “Jerome Jackson, the Elvis impersonator, will be there this year.”

In addition to Jackson, Bobby Tomberlin, Tess Frizzell, Shane Owens, and Sunday’s main attraction, the Oakridge Boys, will be there.

Of course, the only way the rodeo could go on was by abiding by COVID-19 precautions.

“We are going to follow the CDC guidelines,” Potter said. “We’re going to have plenty of handwashing stations, try to keep a better count of how many people actually enter.”

This year’s rodeo is scheduled for March 26-28. Admission will be free Friday, March 26. Admission for Saturday and Sunday will be $10 in advance or $15 at the gate. To purchase tickets ahead of time, call Opp City Hall at (334) 493-4572.

For more information, visit the rodeo’s Facebook page, The Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo, or visit its website here.

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