Diamondback Jubilee Origin
(From Lampasas Dispatch Record, Date Unknown)


For all you people who' always thought community projects came into existence by magic, and for all you others who never stopped to wonder about it, here is the real story of how the Diamondback Jubilee was borne.

Back in 1970, Bunt Dean was doing a lot of snake hunting and was catching a lot of snakes. He was taking them wherever there was a show, and he wasn't getting much out of it except for the fun of catching them and the knowledge that he was disposing of snakes that might otherwise bite someone, or do damage to livestock.

Clyde Glimp had been doing some thinking about the overabundance of rattlesnakes around Lometa. He knew that Dean was a snake hunter, and one Sunday morning at church, he suggested to Dean that a snake show in Lometa might work, and might alleviate the snake problem, at the same time.

Dean agreed with him, and agreed to help with the knowledge he had gained from other shows.

Glimp knew that such an undertaking would require considerable assistance. He went next to Bill Wittenburg, Robert Butler and Archie Murphy, all of whom agreed with him. Together, they decided to call a meeting at the Cottage Cafe for the purpose of actually planning a snake show.

By this time, word had pretty well gotten around, and 40 or 50 people showed up.

It was plain from the turnout that Glimp had a winner by the tail.

The next logical step was to nail down a sponsor.

Robert Butler approached the Lions Club, whose membership agreed to sponsor the show, and Glimp secured the same agreement from the Farm Bureau.

No other sponsors have ever been needed, and there is no indication that either group has ever regretted their decision.

That first year (1971), Glimp and his assistants had no idea what they were going to do with all those snakes.

They had decided that they could kill them all with hoes, and had already made arrangements to have a big pit dug to bury them in, when a buyer offered 25¢ a pound. They would almost have been willing to pay him that much to haul the things away.

The unique factor of the Diamondback Jubilee is that its founders never intended it to be a fund raiser; they just wanted to get rid of snakes, and have some entertainment in the process.

They never seriously envisioned that it would become one of the biggest shows of its kind anywhere, or that profits would literally be impossible to avoid.

Anytime a community hosts such an activity, several people have a hand in pulling it off. But·it a1ways starts somewhere in one individual mind, and the daddy of Lometa's Diamondback Jubilee is Clyde Glimp.