The 47th annual Cross Fork Snake Hunt, organized by Keystone Reptile Club, is scheduled for next Friday and Saturday, June 29-30. All proceeds benefit Kettle Creek Hose Co. #1. Food and beverages will be served both days.
Snake hunt registration is available at the pit area from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday, June 28. Registration is open again at 7 a.m. on Saturday; breakfast will be served at this time at the fire hall.
Hands-on training for kids will take place in the kid’s pit at 10 a.m. and again at noon, 2 and 5 p.m. All ages are welcome to come in and handle a non-venomous snake. There will be a question and answer session for kids.
From 10 a.m. until noon, people can register for the double-elimination horseshoe tournament.
At 11 a.m., a chicken barbecue will be available under a tent near the barbecue pit; live music will be performed at this time and place.
The Firemen’s Parade will kickoff at noon.
All snakes need to be turned in by 5 p.m. to be eligible for Saturday’s trophies. Trophies will be awarded at this time.
Festivities start up again at 7 a.m. Sunday with breakfast in the fire hall. The snake pit opens at this time, too. The kid’s pit will open at 10 a.m. and noon. Another chicken barbecue will start at 11 a.m. in the fire hall. All snakes must be turned in by 2 p.m.; all raffle drawings start at this time.
Food vendors, craft vendors, gun dealers and a flea market will all be set up throughout the event. The $10,000 and $5,000 raffle tickets will be available for purchase.
To be eligible to rattlesnake hunt in Pennsylvania, a current poisonous snake hunt permit must be obtained from the PA Fish Commission. A valid PA Fishing License is also required. All hunters must register at hunt headquarters before hunting; this is a catch and release event. Snakes must be at least 42 inches in length and have 21 or more subcaudal scales, signifying it is a male.
For more information, contact Nikki Werts at 570-923-0848, Larry Hirst at 814-435-6737 or Barb Hood at 570-923-0186.