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The 2007 Mangum Rattlesnake Derby & Flea Market
Begun in 1966 as a project of the Chamber of Commerce, the derby now attracts 30,000 visitors, hundreds of flea market vendors -- and more than 1500 snakes.
Among the Derby's events are competitions for Largest Snake, Most Pounds of Snakes, and Most Snakes. The event also features snake pits -- where you (but not me!) can safely get within inches of hundreds of rattlers -- professional snake charmers, wrestlers and handlers -- as well as snake dinners, courtesy of the Bite Back Café. Guess what? Snake tastes like chicken -- only greasier!