It wasn't intuition — it was just Jake, a 7-year-old ball python.
Rebekah was introducing people to Jake to promote the Anniston Museum of Natural History, where his home is, and add something extra to the evening's events which culminated the third Super Saturday downtown in as many months.
"I love snakes," she said, unmoved by Jake's curious forked tongue.
Meanwhile her father, event organizer Rod James, head of the Historic Downtown Anniston Business Association, was jamming out with his guitar to a Sister Hazel song in front of the old Calhoun movie theatre. He said rainy weather on Saturday hurt attendance, but he and the other organizers look forward to continuing the event.
"I think we're going to keep growing," James said.
Slideshow: Super Saturday
View photos of the Super Saturday event that took place on Noble Street in Anniston.
People in the sparser-than-usual crowd seemed to enjoy themselves. This even included city work-release prisoners, on the corner at 12th Street, laughing as they flipped through a copy of Bama Busted, a magazine that publishes mug shots of wanted suspected criminals.
City Councilman David Dawson took his seat at the dunking booth around 6 p.m. and spent plenty of time afterwards splashing around in the inexplicably murky waters beneath him.
"It's fun to let people laugh at you and you laugh right back at them," Dawson said before sticking a rubber chicken back in between his teeth.
Tammy Katz, owner of Still Midtown Ceramics, had her doors open for the event and let families come in to buy and paint their own ceramics. Katz said the event is one of many improvements to downtown in recent years.
"I think it's a great idea," she said. "Downtown is a safe family environment."