Whigham is also the home of the Georgia Rattlesnake Roundup. Unfortunately I was not here at the right time to attend. VT member PChalmis has a great page about the roundup. There is also a rattlesnake roundup in Claxton, Georgia.
The Rattlesnake Roundup is, primarily, all about rattlesnakes. But as a secondary mode, its purpose is to promote and educate people about all kinds of snakes, both venomous and non-venomous.
Naturalists and experts are on-site and they provide interesting and entertaining interludes with all sorts of snakes.
The Rattlensnake Roundup, like many other local fairs and gatherings throughout the South and America as a whole, features the usual collection of "fair food". Candied apples, popcorn, hot dogs, burgers, fries, etc.
There are some items that are more geared towards the deep South, and you'll find them in abundance at the roundup. In fact, you might even find some french fried rattlesnake, although I've always found it way over-priced. And, if it really DOES taste like chicken, why not BUY chicken? :)
Anyway, please check my "restaurant tips" for an eclectic tour of Rattlesnake Roundup food items. In the photo accompanying this tip, I've shown a deep South fair food mainstay, the "funnel cake". It's a glob of fried dough, somewhere between a pancake and donut in consistency. Most people put powdered sugar on them. They're tasty, but.......let's just say they're also kind of heavy in your gut. I'm getting a little old for funnel cakes. But, the lady who was holding this photographic specimen looked to be in her 70s. : )
The Whigham Rattlesnake Roundup is primarily about rattlesnakes. But, there is an underlying mission to discuss reptiles, and snakes in particular, of all kinds. There are demonstrations and lectures given on all types of snakes, both venomous and non-venomous. The roundup organizers say that, if they get the proper permits, that next year's event will have cobras, Gabon vipers and the like on the premises, in addition to the rattlers.
The small south Georgia town of Whigham is located halfway between Cairo and Bainbridge Georgia on US Highway 84. It is approximately 50 miles north of my hometown of Tallahassee, Florida.
The last Saturday in January is the date that Whigham annually hosts the 'Rattlesnake Roundup". Hunters go out for days ahead of time, rousing hibernating rattlers from their dens and bring them into town. By noontime on Rattlesnake Roundup day, there can be literally hundreds of rattlesnakes on display. Prizes are given for the hunters bringing in both the biggest snake and the most snakes.
Several times during the day, public information shows are given, demonstrating the rattlesnakes and discussing their position in the environment and their habits. If you are brave enough, you'll even be allowed to touch a rattlesnake or two, as it is held by one of the professional snake hunters.
Anyway, THE reason to visit Whigham is to attend the Rattlesnake Roundup. Mark it on your calenders....the last Saturday in January....starts at 9:00 am sharp.
The snakes are waiting!
Whigham is located in the Southwest corner of Georgia. It is a small town but has a nice little historic district along US 84.