(Chuck) Saturday April 16 was the big day for the Apache Rattlesnake Festival. The festival has been held since 1983. We were not sure what to expect, but it has grown to be a large town celebration. Vendors line the main street for 3 blocks and the event is a family affair. There were Native Americans dressed in very colorful costumes and we watched them do several dances. The town also holds an all town garage sale and a rodeo on the weekend of the Festival.
The building, the snake handlers, Jan watching from a safe distance and rattlesnake skins for sale.
While visiting the Lawton, OK area we stayed at the Fort Sill Apache Casino. We had pulled into the parking lot and were unhooking and a man stopped his car beside us and seemed to want to talk about our motorhome. I mentioned to him that we were hoping to stay at the casino while we were in the area. It turned out that I was rapping with the Chairman of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe. He gave me permission to park in a vacant area by the employee parking. It was a great place to be and we found that every time we walked by security personal or an employee we were treated like rock stars.
Today we move on to Oklahoma City where we will stay at the Elks in Midwest City, OK.