2016 Miss Claxton Rattlesnake & Wildlife Queen, Alexis Smith
The Claxton Rattlesnake & Wildlife Festival, sponsored by the Evans County Wildlife Club is held annually on the second weekend of March.
The Rattlesnake & Wildlife Festival is a two-day festival, attracting 15,000 visitors. The event features snake handling demonstrations and educational programs, wildlife exhibits, turkey calling contest, over 100 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a grand parade, beauty queens, essay contest, 1 mile fun run, 5-K run, live entertainment, children’s games and activities and fun for all ages!
Festival hours are 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the festival is $5, free to age 5 and under.
No pets are allowed inside the festival grounds.
For detailed information on the schedule of events, vendor information and applications, parade application, 1 mile fun run and 5-K run information and applications, and turkey calling contest information, click on the “Registration Tab” located on the Rattlesnake Festival home page. Please note – as schedules are finalized they will be posted to this site.
Camping: The spacious Evans County Wildlife Club facility offers areas for RV camping with limited electrical hook-ups (no dumping stations and/or water hook-ups are available). Spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Catfish Creek RV Campground (12532 Highway 301, Glennville) is located just 10 miles from Claxton on Highway 301 South, with full hook-ups. Call (912) 654-2278 or (912) 654-3935 for information. Beaver Run RV Park, Metter, 14 miles from Claxton offers 28 acres of camping with full hook-ups. Call Beaver Run, (912) 685-2594, or www.beaverrunrvpark.com for information. Parkwood RV Park, located on Highway 301 South in Statesboro, only 19 miles from Claxton offers full hook-ups and a host of other amenities. Contact Parkwood at (912) 681-3105 or www.parkwoodrv.com. The Gordonia Alatamaha State Park in Reidsville is a short 14 miles to the west on Highway 280 and offers tent and RV sites. The George L. Smith State Park in Twin City is just 32 miles from Roundup Headquarters. For more information on Georgia’s State Parks call 1-800-864-7275 or visit www.gastateparks.org.
Hotels: There are several hotels within a few miles of the ECWC. Descriptions, complete with contact information and photos can be found on the Chamber of Commerce website – click on the “Community Link” – then “Accommodations” tab.
Evans County Wildlife Club
PO Box 292
Claxton, Georgia 30417
50th Annual Claxton Rattlesnake & Wildlife Festival
March 11 & 12, 2017
The 50th Annual Claxton Rattlesnake & Wildlife Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 11 & 12, 2017, at the Evans County Wildlife Club located at 501 Cedar Avenue, Hagan, Georgia (just west of Claxton off Highway 280). This two-day festival historically attracts some 15,000 visitors to Claxton, Evans County , Georgia and features 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.