The Rattlesnake and the Coronavirus

Nolan County Coliseum Saturday morning during the World’s Largest Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater, Texas. The event was held as other large festivals, including Austin’s blockbuster SXSW, were cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (photo by Aaron Hedge)

Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) has nothing on Sweetwater’s World’s Largest Rattlesnake Roundup. In the all-consuming coronavirus catastrophe, Texas’s capital city for the first time cancelled the annual music, tech, and film festival after vendors, acts, and participants — from Ozzy Osbourne to Apple — pulled out over concerns about the disease.