Agritourism in GA is growing rapidly. What is Agritourism? AGRITOURISM is a unique experience that combines traditional agriculture with tourism. In Georgia, agriculture and tourism are our state’s top two economic generators. The combination of the two promotes all areas of Georgia, rural and urban, and encourages tourists to explore Georgia's farms and agribusinesses. As a farm wedding destination we fall under the agrientertainment or agritainment category of Agritourism. 'Georgia's tourism industry impact hit a record high with $63.1 billion in 2017.' Today Commissioner Gary Black asked people to share their farm stories for GaAg Week 2019.
Being mostly a city girl, I don't have many stories of growing up on the farm. Stories, they are just that, what you recall about a certain instance. My aunt and uncle owned a ranch in Forsyth, GA. He raised quarter horses after retiring from the Air Force. In fact they built the 1st indoor arena in GA. The Allman Brothers band played a benefit concert there for the Special Olympics. Those were some fun days rambling in the woods and playing around the barn. I remember a swift pony ride and being thrown off Frisky! I was not much the horse person after that. Now Roger has many stories. He caught horney heads in the creek (a little bait fish), someone dared him to jump off the rafters in the chicken house for $2, he remembers holding the little pigs down while his dad castrated them, digging thistle up by the roots to keep them from spreading (before roundup weed killer) riding in the back of the pick up full speed through the pasture, mending endless barbed wire fences... to him the farm does not hold much romance. There is a lot of behind the scenes hard work in having a farm. It takes someone like me with the rose colored glasses to show him just how wonderful his family's property can be for others to use. These days, with our indoor society, our venue offers people a chance to enjoy the outdoors. Many times people who use our venue often state "I wish we had opted for more time here." We have a beautiful view of rolling Georgia foothills, cattle grazing just past the pasture fence and a sunset view that just cannot be beat. Time seems to slow down while watching nature. Each season offers it's own beauty. Spring explodes with 500 shades of green budding out in the trees foliage. Summer flowers and lots of green grass make for a nice evening party. We have views of fall colors in all directions in October and November. If you are looking for an outdoor experience you will find it here. Our farm views along with the Farmhouse offers you everything you need for a great party experience.
Do you have a memory of time spent outdoors at the farm? Please share it with us. Remember to tag #GaAgWeek2019 so #GeorgiaGrown can read it too!
Since 2015 we have been the party hosts at our venue for 9 parties! We have had our son's rehearsal dinner, an engagement party, baby shower, family birthday parties, wedding of our daughter, baby's 1st birthday party, Roger's dad's 90th birthday and most recently a going away party for our daughter and son in law who are moving to Germany for 3 years! That is a lot of events! Value, if you were to host a party at your own house, rent a tent, rent in tables, chairs, linens and all that goes along you may spend $800 - $1500 even before the food, decor or entertainment.
When we host an event here we have the luxury of cleaning up and putting things tomorrow. I don't know how you get everything accomplished in one day! When we had the idea of our farm venue we thought that would be the luxury... time. We have tried to let people build their own wedding or party package. We offer a few hours, a half day, full day, two, three or four day rentals. Some people book elsewhere because they want more. We can give you more too! Just the bare basics of the venue will cost you as little as $2500 for 12 hours at our location. Add in the reception chairs for $500 Add in a linen package for our 16 reception tables and cocktail tables for $350 ( includes the delivery too). Add in a second set of ceremony chairs for $225. Add in a Dj for 6-8 hours for $800. Add a bartender and cleanup for another $400. Want an extra day at the venue add in another $500. We can even get you a wedding coordinator who will stage your wedding's decor and do the flowers too! Since opening the venue in 2016 we have made many acquaintances in the wedding industry. We know caterers, photographers, officiants, photo booth owners, videographers and more. Just ask us how we can help you have a beautiful party here.