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Opp holds 53rd annual Rattlesnake Rodeo

Opp, AL (WSFA) -

The 53rd annual Rattlesnake Rodeo was held in Opp on Saturday.

Residents were able to enjoy music from local artist, a snake race and a chance to see the rattlesnakes in action with snake wranglers. It was also an opportunity to educate audience members on how to react in case they ever came into contact with a snake. A useful tip to remember is to make sure not to run from the snakes, but be cautious and check your surroundings for other snakes.

Snake handlers say that being afraid of snakes can actually be a good thing.

The event started as a way to control the overpopulation of rattlesnakes, and has since become one of the most visited tourist attractions in the state.

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