If you are the type of person that complains that there's "nothing to do here" in Southwest Oklahoma, weekend plans just landed in your lap.

The Apache Rattlesnake Festival is a traditional rattlesnake roundup where the entire town transforms into a metropolitan area for one weekend.

Thousands of people embrace the journey for one reason... to check out live rattlesnakes and snakeskin crafts, eat funnel cakes, and see who managed to wrangle the biggest rattler.

Western rattlesnake strike ready

Oklahoma is home to eight venomous species of snakes, the majority of them being rattlesnakes.

Most famous is the Western Diamondback rattler we're all familiar with through movies and pop culture. This is the species you'll find most often at a rattlesnake roundup and the most common species of rattlesnake found around Lawton, especially in the mountains.

If you're curious, the world record for the largest western diamondback rattlesnake ever caught is officially seven-foot-long, but I want to say I remember the Apache Rattlesnake Festival may have had one a few inches longer a few years ago.

Don't challenge me on that, the memory is a little fuzzy.

All the festivities will get started on April 13th in Apache and roll through Sunday the 16th.

Be sure to carve out some time to go experience what may be a once-in-a-lifetime event.

A Pretty Prairie Rattlesnake on a Gravel Road
Kerry Hargrove

In the event you see a kid carrying a big fat rattlesnake down the road like a puppy, don't freak out... They remove their fangs and sew their mouths shut. It may be somewhat cruel, but being pampered and getting pets before being turned into a belt is probably the best way to go.

Here's the Apache Rattlesnake Fest Facebook page if you want more detail.

Oklahoma's Venomous Snakes

If you spend any amount of time outdoors in Oklahoma, it's always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the natural world around you. While only seven of Oklahoma's native 46 species of snake are venomous, it's those seven species that are seen the most in the wilds of the Sooner State.

Fun & Kid Friendly Oklahoma Vacation Destinations

Far too often, some bored Karen whose only personality trait is complaining about everything will say something along the lines of "There's nothing to do in Oklahoma..." That's simply not true. There is a ton of stuff to do in Oklahoma that you and the kids will love, you just have to know where to find that stuff and have the gumption to hop off the couch and go do some of it.

15 More Amazing Southwest Oklahoma Hole-In-The-Wall Eats

It's far too easy to be lulled into thinking the same old chain restaurants are the "good" places to eat across Southwest Oklahoma. You won't find a single franchise on this list. It's all locally owned, locally run, sometimes a little run down, but you'll agree the meals are outstanding when you walk away with a belly full of the good stuff.

In no particular order, here are another fifteen amazing local Southwest Oklahoma eats, and be sure to check out the O.G. 15 Amazing SWOK Hole-In-The-Wall Eats right here when you're done...

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