January 23 2017, Wrestling Rattlesnakes
If you have ever wondered about rattlesnake wrestling, keep reading. It will give you a great deal of insight into the mindset of at least a few West Texas cowboys. It seems the event would take place in Rogers, the private club at the edge of town. It did involve alcohol, and from what I understand, a lot of alcohol. Having never actually witnessed this event, I can only share what a generally reliable source told me.
The idea is fairly simple and usually starts with the words “Hold my beer.” Finding a good size rattlesnake around Quanah Texas is not all that difficult and with a little planning the snake would already on site in a feed sack. The next step is for the “participant” to take off his shirt and lay down on the floor face up. The game starts with the rattlesnake bag being vigorously shaken. Then after the snake it really aggravated the person holding the bag opens it by tossing the snake down on the chest of the “participant.” The trick is for the “Participant” to catch the snake, behind its head, before he got bit, because if you grab a rattlesnake by the tail and you will get bit.
It is my understanding that the City Fathers of Quanah, Texas put a stop to this by passing an ordinance prohibiting wrestling with rattlesnakes. No, it was not an animal rights matter. The problem was that every time one of the “participants” missed, the town ambulance would be gone for two hours or more taking them to the hospital in Childress 30 mile up the road. After all ambulance might be needed for something important while it was gone.
Moral – Some things are just more important than others