FREER - Joe Martin – Snakes of Texas is the main attraction at center stage as he handles the slithery reptiles at the 52nd Annual Rattlesnake Roundup in Freer, Texas.
Martin sends shockwaves as thousands of spectators are amazed at his skills to hold rattlesnakes and even open their mouths to expose the fangs, which can gush out venom to its predators, including humans.
Joe Martin's snake show is about more than just an eye-opener. Martin and his partner Sherilyn Gembler educate the public about snakes and demonstrate how to stay safe around the critters. They handle and teach watchers how to distinguish between the poisonous coral snake and the non-poisonous milk snake, which have similar colors.
In interviews, Martin said he has been fascinated with snakes since he was a teen and even collected them. Several decades later, Martin is one of the country's favorite snake handler. While he has been bit by rattlers over his almost five decades of handling them, he feels at ease with several dozens of snakes surrounding him.
The professional San Antonio snake handler's snake exhibit also features king, coral, milk and copperhead snakes in containers.
The 2-day festival is Friday and Saturday, April 28-29 at the Duval County Airport in Freer, Texas.
Along with the snakes, great entertainment and bands will kick off on Friday and Saturday evening with lots of vendors, food and drinks. And don't forget to get a taste of the fried snake.
The Carnival Wristband Night is set for Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 6 to 10 p.m. at $20 all you ride.
The parade is set to begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Days Inn, ending at the Freer Independent School District building.