Reptile Fest set for Saturday at Oxbow Meadows

Families can get a close look at snakes, turtles and other reptiles Saturday at Reptile Fest at CSU’s Oxbow Meadows. Guests who have good looking reptile pets can enter them in the Hiss America Pageant. Activities are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Southeastern Reptile Rescue’s 30-foot Reptile Wagon will be featured along with local and exotic reptiles, face painting, tortoise feeding station, jump house, and crafts and games. Admission to the festival is $5.

Here's a lineup of events:

11:30 a.m. Southeastern Reptile Rescue’s Jason Clark introduces the crowd to Athena, a 15 ½ foot Reticulated Python, during his Giant Snakes! program.

Noon to 1 p.m. Meet the contestants in the Hiss America Pageant. Each contestant will have a station where he or she can stand with his/her pet and talk with and meet other festival guests. Contestants are encouraged to bring props and costumes. Guests may cast a vote for their favorite reptile.

1 p.m. Reptile expert Jason Clark presents some of his native-to-Georgia reptiles during the Southeastern Snake Encounter program. Hiss America will be crowned at the end of the program.

2:30 p.m. Watch the feeding of Oxbow's four adult gators -- Seminole, Ann, Marie and Satilla.

Rules for the Hiss America Pageant:

Guests may sign up their pet lizards, snakes and turtles for the Hiss America Pageant at noon.

1) All animals must be legal and/or permitted pets.

2) No venomous snakes are allowed.

3) All participants must sign a waiver to bring animals into Reptile Fest.