Two “Duck Dynasty” stars will attend
If you are tired of going to “Sportshows,” there’s an event in Georgia that you should check out. If you live near Hagan, Ga., you can attend the 48th Annual Rattlesnake & Wildlife Festival March 14-15 at the Evans County Wildlife Club in Hagan.
Hagan is about 55 miles west of Savannah, Ga.
This two-day festival historically attracts some 15,000 visitors to nearby Claxton, Evans County, Georgia, according to the Georgia DNR, and features plenty of captive rattlesnakes, snake handling demonstrations and wildlife educational programs.
Organizations from throughout the state such as the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Southern University Wildlife Center, Let’s Get Wild, Quails Unlimited, and the National Wild Turkey Federation among others will be joining us to promote wildlife conservation and provide educational programs.
Compared to the festival’s 2014 turnout, club marketing manager Bruce Purcell is “hoping for a good bit more” this year.
The crowd has grown since organizers stopped buying and selling wild-caught rattlers in 2012, a practice rated harmful to many native species including gopher tortoises, whose burrows are used by snakes and other wildlife. The switch from a rattlesnake roundup to an educational wildlife festival led to strong support from conservation organizations, and even more rattlesnakes.
“They bring in more snakes (for exhibiting) than when we were hunting ’em,” Purcell said.
Besides rattlers, visitors can see wildlife varying from alligators to red-tailed hawks and cottonmouth moccasins to flathead catfish. The two-day event also offers a rich mix of food, music, exhibits, a parade and other entertainment, including Mountain Man and Justin Martin (pictured) of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty.”
Other happenings include a grand parade in downtown Claxton, snake handling demonstrations, wildlife exhibits, 100-plus arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, children’s rides and activities, 1 mile, 5K & 10K runs, a beauty pageant, food, and fun for the entire family!
Saturday, March 14, 2015 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 15, 2015 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $7, kids 5 & under FREE
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For more information on this exciting event, please visit the Evans County Wildlife Club’s website.
Top Photo: Justin Martin (Pictured) and Mountain Man from A & E’s”Duck Dynasty” will be on hand at the event.