A closer look at a rattlesnake
The Noxen Rattlesnake Roundup
has gained popularity throughout the region and is even known in other
parts of the U.S. We've heard stories of people making the trip from
Philadelphia and Cleveland, and some from as far off as Las Vegas, Nevada!
The event has been around since
1973. It was hosted by the Noxen-Monroe Sportsmen Association
through 1984. In 1986, the Noxen Volunteer Fire Department began
hosting the festivities as its primary fundraiser.
A toddler gets her first look at a venomous snake
Roundup spans several days each year and features food, games, craft
booths, live bands, and of course, a large pen filled with rattlesnakes
and other non-poisonous varieties. The snake pen is usually where
you'll find the largest crowd. People gather to get a close look at
these creatures, and hopefully, to learn a few things and dispel some
myths at the same time.
The snakes are not harmed during the
event. Hunters licensed by the Fish and Boat Commission catch the
snakes, measure them, and mark them according to where
they were found before releasing them into the pen at the
fairgrounds. All of the snakes displayed at the event are later
unharmed to the spot in which they were found.
For more information, please contact the
Volunteer Fire Company or call 570-298-2256, 298-2420, or 298-2331.