Rattlesnake Roundup slithers into Walnut Springs

BRENT ADDLEMAN Managing Editor
Michael Lynch holds up a rattlesnake in the Rattlesnake Pit during this past weekend's Rattlesnake Rounup in Walnut Springs. Lynch travels all over Texas performing shows with the scaly reptiles.

The hamlet of Walnut Springs was abuzz with activity over the weekend, as people converged on the tiny town in Bosque County for the annual Rattlesnake Roundup.

The event, which pays homage to the scaly, slithery inhabitant of the region, packed the streets and local businesses as droves of people came out to watch as Michael Lynch performed daring acts in the Rattlesnake Pit or check out local vendors selling their wares from homemade crafts to tasty cuisine, including rattlesnake meat known as “the other white meat.”

Lynch, who specializes in performing tricks with the reptiles, said he goes all over Texas performing with rattlesnakes. One of his tricks is putting a rattlesnake on a stool and a balloon in his mouth. Lynch then leans in allowing the rattlesnake to strike and pop the balloon to the amazement of the crowd.

“All these rattlesnakes are caught locally,” Lynch said from inside the rattlesnake pit, where he calmly stood among 50 rattlesnakes, which were paying close attention to the towering snake charmer. “We caught all these rattlesnakes in the past couple weeks in and around Bosque County.”

Lynch deftly leaned in and snatched up one rattlesnake that was in the ready to strike position and handled the snake with ease, showing off the animal’s fangs.

Cars lined the streets of Walnut Springs on Saturday afternoon as patrons walked around visiting local businesses, checking out the art gallery and vendors that lined the side streets. Hourly snake shows were performed, and there was even a monkey that children could visit with on the sidewalk.

All proceeds from the event benefited the Walnut Springs Youth in Agriculture program.

Brent Addleman is managing editor of the Glen Rose Reporter. He can be reached at 254-897-2282 or email to brent.addleman@theglenrosereporter.com. Follow him on Twitter: @GRR_Editor.