About This Event
The Rattlesnake Festival is a 53-year-old, two-day, family-friendly event based around education about and the ecological awareness of the rattlesnake and the gopher tortoise as well as other Florida wildlife. The festival is not a round-up and no wildlife is harmed or abused. In addition to educational presentations, the festival features an arts and crafts village with opportunities for business and non-profit displays; food and refreshment vendors; live entertainment; wooden gopher tortoise races; bounce houses, fair rides, and other children's entertainment, and a Subaru Road Rally. Parking is free. Admission is $5. Admission allows unlimited access to educational presentations, live entertainment, bounce houses, and the road rally. Food vendors have an extra evening during a pre-festival Bellamy Brothers concert Friday evening. All proceeds from the Rattlesnake Festival go to support the Thomas Promise Foundation that provides food-insecure children in Pasco County with bags packed with six meals and snacks for over the weekend when they do not have access to school breakfast and lunch programs. Visit thethomaspromise.org to learn more.
Official demographic information has not been determined. The following are estimates based on observation and general knowledge of the local area.
Female/Male Gender Split55 %45 %
Past or Current Sponsors and Vendors
Previous Year Total Exhibitors, Vendors and Sponsors: 160
Set-up Time: Friday, Oct. 18 between 12 and 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 19 until 8 a.m. Vehicles must be unloaded and taken to Vendor Parking before setting up your spot to make room for others bringing in their materials. All vehicles must be out of the festival grounds by 8 a.m. on Saturday.
End of Day: We expect vendors to remain “open” until 6 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday. No vehicles will be admitted onto the festival grounds until the festival closes each day.
Sunday Morning: Vehicles must be removed from the festival grounds by 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Take Down Time: No vehicles will be allowed on the festival grounds until 5 p.m. on Sunday.
A paid security guard will be on duty Friday and Saturday nights.