Snake festival slated
Lometans are gearing up for their annual celebration this weekend when thousands of visitors make their way to Lometa Regional Park for several days of festivities.
The Diamondback Jubilee that has become a mainstay in the community was begun by a group of area residents who sought to reduce the rattlesnake population in Lampasas County. Festival organizers included Clyde Glimp, Bo Brown, William H. Wittenburg, Robert Butler, Bunt Dean and J.B. Jennings.
The 42nd annual Lometa Diamondback Jubilee, staged by the city’s Lions Club, will hold its first Diamondback Rodeo Friday at the park arena.
Other events include snake handling demonstrations, arts and crafts booths, food booths, music, demonstrations by Army personnel from Fort Hood, an antique car exhibit, a chili cook-off, a statesanctioned barbecue cook-off, Cow Patty Plop and more.
In addition, the carnival will be operating Thursday through Saturday. Family nights are Thursday and Friday from 6-10 p.m., when the carnival will offer unlimited rides for one special price.
Snake hunters will earn prizes and bounty for all rattlers caught in Lampasas County and the Lometa school district area.
An open jackpot rodeo will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday with contractor Tommy Green.
Rodeo events include team roping, steer saddling, ladies barrel racing, ladies breakaway roping, ranch bronc riding, tie down roping, bareback riding and bull riding.
Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for kids; and free for those under 6. Full concessions will be available.
Crowning will be held for the first Miss Diamondback Rodeo Queen on Saturday. Four Lampasas County girls are vying for a $250 scholarship and a belt buckle.
Also Saturday will be Rattler Team Roping. Books open at 1 p.m., with roping beginning at 2:30 p.m.
A #10 roping (5 cap) pick one, draw three, progressive after one fee is $100 per man.
A #13 slide roping is $25 per man.
USTRC rules will be in effect.
The Cow Patty Plop will take place in the rodeo arena Saturday. Tickets are $5 each and will be available at the event.
Tickets for the rodeo and Cow Patty Plop are on sale in Lometa at the Lometa Trading Post, Branding Iron Cafe and DH Land Co.
In Lampasas, tickets may be purchased at the chamber of commerce, Hodges & Sargent Pharmacy, Cattles Pharmacy, Ace Hardware and Cutter’s Western Wear.
Information on the roping is available from Terri Harris at 734-2818 or Tyler Shaffner at (512) 540-2191.
The Lometa Lions Club utilizes proceeds from the jubilee to fund charitable endeavors in the community, including a scholarship for a graduating high school senior.
Booth information is available from David Smith at 752-3106 or 734-0351.
Barbecue cook-off information can be obtained from Cody Sheppard at 752-8657, and information on the chili cook-off is available from Larry Morrison at 752-3639.