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A Barn Affair - Columbia/Adair Co., KY has another travel magnet


There will be a Columbia/Adair County Chamber Ribbon Cutting at "A Barn Affair" at Turkey Trot Farms, 1275 Brock-Burris Road, Gradyville, KY at 11amCT, Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014. - Kathy Johnson, Columbia/Adair Co. Chamber of Commerce.
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It's another exciting development for Adair County. Marvin & Sharon Hill's new "A Barn Affair" at Turkey Trot Farms, by itself, is a huge addition to make Columbia/Adair County a new - romantic travel destination. In a broader context, it has really ignited new visions for what can be the future for Adair County as place for lovers.


At least that's the impression one will get talking with Sue Stivers of the Columbia/Adair County Tourism Commission and County Judge Executive Ann Melton, after paid a visit last week for a sneak peak of "A Barn Affair," last week, as the pace of regularly scheduled interviews with travel and bridal industry magazines began. Tomorrow, it's everyone's time to be a guest, when the Columbia/Adair County Chamber of Commerce hosts the ribbon cutting to welcome the new business.

Judy Duvall, marketing representative for Turkey Trot Farms, gives a bit of history and vision for "A Barn Affair."
"It all started in 2003 with one hundred and fifty three rolling acres. A desire of Marvin Hill's was to have a hunting farm. He built one small cabin in 2005, thus Turkey Trot Farms was born.

"Marvin and Sharon built a beautiful log home in 2013, featuring a gourmet kitchen, a large great room, a huge stone fireplace, two bedrooms and two baths.

"An open air porch straight out of southern living was built in 2014 complete with another large stone fireplace. It is great for sipping sweet tea and listening to country music.

"Three additional cabins now set back in the wooded acreage with a fire pit so you can enjoy the quiet nights and cook up some hot dogs and marshmellows."
She adds, "You will feel the peace and tranquility as you enter the gates." It's a comforting feeling those who have entered there affirm.

It's yet another venue for meetings for Adair County, and though "A Barn Affair" focuses on weddings, Duvall says it is much more. She suggests making everyone also consider it for a reunion, and anniversary, birthday, a retreat, or a business event. For any of those, she says, "It is is exquisite," and she validates that, saying, "The new barn has a birdcage chandelier, a shiny embossed scrolled floor, and hand made copper lanterns right out of New Orleans!"

It's big - and it's also a part of a bigger picture

CJE Ann Melton said her excitement was that something she had long believed could happen, is happening. "It's started a lot of people dreaming about Adair County as a destination for couples wanting a romantic setting for their weddings. We've kept informal lists of venues at the judge's office - a lot more people come there to exchange vows than most would realize. This jumpstarts that idea." It's a nice piece in the puzzle of obtaining more tourism related business for the county, she said.

Sue Stivers, it will have an impact

Sue Stivers of the Columbia/Adair County Chamber of Commerce, echoed Ann Melton's excitement. "I know that this new business, all by itself, Over the years, from time to time, there's been talk of single enterprises developing venues for weddings. Many have made a go of it. Most recently, before "A Barn Affair," Amy Mitchum had great success with "The Barn at Cedar Grove, off Cedar Grove Road in the Clay Ridge Community of Adair County, which offers "Rustic Chic" events; i.e. Some pretty lavish affairs in a rusic setting.

Long before that Rev. Elbert Hadley created an outdoor wedding park at The Old Bryant Farm on KY 704 south of Fairplay.

And there's always talk of converting an old church for the purpose.

There are other popular venues for weddings, including the rose garden at Columbia's Trabue-Russell House, at Begley Chapel and on the campus at Lindsey Wilson, in addition to the traditional church weddings, to name just a few.

Sue Stivers says 'A Barn Affair' will be answer to many questions, needs

"A Barn Affair" will be the answer to many peoples questions about what to do when in Columbia, Sue Stivers, Executive Director of the Columbia/Adair County Tourism Commission says. We get requests for places to hold events, she said. Fortunately, that list is getting longer and longer. I can how this will be a fabulous place for to exactly fit many wish lists to a tee and how it will mean an attractive option when some of the other places are already booked.

She said that last year, visitors making inquires at the Chamber Building came from 42 states. What to do, where to stay where to hold reunion, even what to see in just an hour is on their minds.

That sets up some interesting information. She tells of a couple from Arkansas who dropped off the parkway some time ago just to kill an hour before continuing to an appointment. She said that on a whim, the couple chose Columbia, and came by the Chamber building to see what sights they might see her in an hour. She suggested Lindsey Wilson's Campus and Begley Chapel. They asked about the architect, and when they learned it was E. Fay Jones, the wife said, "Why we live right down the street from him." She was telling that anecdote just to point out, that already, just the obvious beauty of the county makes people want to see and do more. "Our job is keep building awareness of what we've got. We've got to get better at telling our story."

"A Barn Affair" should spark a new wave of public awareness of what's already here

Sometimes what Adair Countians think is here is because that's traditionally what they have been told. And many times, today, they never take inventory of what is already here until some xxxxx moment, when there is a coming together to promote a new idea. That happened with the trail town initiative. Organizers found that there were so many almost qualifying walking and biking and paddling trails were already established they were surprised at how much of the work needed for the Trail Town, USA designation was done by forerunners who did what they did out of love for the activity.

There's a new synergy now for this facet of fame, as an important element of the economy gains critical mass - and maybe unstoppable momentum - as appears to be happening here, with Marvin and Sharon Hill's "A Barn Affair," appears to be doing, right now.


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A Barn Affair at Turkey Trot Farms - The Lodge



2014-10-14 - Turkey Trot Farms, 1275 Brock-Burris Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Judy Duvall.
Marvin and Sharon Hill
built a beautiful log home in 2013, featuring a gourmet kitchen, a large great room, a huge stone fireplace, two bedrooms and two baths. An open air porch straight out of southern living was built in 2014 complete with another large stone fireplace. It is great for sipping sweet tea and listening to country music. - Judy Duvall

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Turkey Trot Farms founders: Marvin & Sharon Hill



2014-10-14 - Turkey Trot Farms, 1275 Brock-Burris Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Judy Duvall. Sharon & Marvin Hill above, are the creative minds behind Adair County's newest tourism draw, "A Barn Affair" at Turkey Trot Farm, Gradyville, KY. Marvin Hill's original idea, was to turn his 153 acres into a hunting farm, Judy Duvall says. But in 2013, he and Mrs. Hill decided on another grand venture, a new, very romantic venue for weddings, adding a beautiful log lodge, an outdoor rustic arch for outdoor weddings, replete with rustic benches, and the barn, for more elegant gatherings and for an alternate venue for weddings, reunions, anniversaries, birthday parties, retreats, and business conferences.
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Fall Harvest scene at A Barn Affair at Turkey Trot Farms



2014-10-14 - Turkey Trot Farms, 1275 Brock-Burris Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Judy Duvall.
Fall Color and Light doesn't get any better
at Columbia's newest tourist magnet, A Barn Affair in Gradyville, KY. It's a place, Judy Duvall says, "Where folks can host a wedding, reunion, anniversary, birthday, or a business event, and it's exquisite," and adds "The new barn has a birdcage chandelier, a shiny embossed scrolled floor, and hand made copper lanterns right out of New Orleans!"

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A Barn Affair at Turkey Trot Farms - arches



2014-10-14 - Turkey Trot Farms, 1275 Brock-Burris Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Judy Duvall.
A rustic arch
with grapevine,and a chandelier stands proud and tall in the midst of a tree grove, just waiting for our new bride and groom to say "I do". - JUDY DUVALL, Turkey Trot Farm.

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C/AC Chamber Ribbon Cutting at 'A Barn Affair'



2014-10-15 - Turkey Trot Farms, 1275 Brock-Burris Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo ColumbiaMagazine.com (c). Gathered at "A Barn Affair" at Turkey Trot Farms, Gradyville, KY for a Columbia/Adair County Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony this Wednesday morning 14 Sep 2014 were, from left, front, Adair County CJE Ann Melton, Tom Brown, Larry Sanner, Judy Duvall, Event Planner at "A Barn Affair"; owners Sharon & Marvin Hill (with scissors); Arie Hill; Brenda Mann, Vice President of the Chamber Board; Jan Royse, Office Manager, Shoreline Communications; Back row Jerry Claunch, Jefra Bland Hines, the WAVE 92.7; Leah Franklin; G. Scott Russell; Ronald Hopper, First National Bank, Russell Springs, KY; Marcella Hodges, Administrator, Summit Manor; Tina Kruizenga, First & Farmers National Bank and Chamber Board Member; Kerry Humphress, Julie Combs, Day & Day Feed and Pet and Chamber Board Member; and Ellen Zornes, Chamber Board Member. - ColumbiaMagazine & The WAVE Clicking Read More accesses story w/Judy Duvall Photos, focused on 'A Barn Affair.'
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Scenic Adair Co., KY: Entrance art



2014-10-16 - Turkey Trot Farms, 1275 Brock-Burris Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo ColumbiaMagazine.com (c). This colorful art is at an interior entrance to Turkey Trot Farms and A Barn Affair Gradyville, KY. It's a beautifully repainted horse drawn riding cultivator which goes so well with fall mums, a square bale of straw, and pumpkins.
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Judy Duvall welcomes ribbon cutting guests to A Barn Affair



2014-10-17 - Turkey Trot Farms, 1275 Brock-Burris Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo ColumbiaMagazine.com (c). Judy Duvall Events Planner, for A Barn Affair spoke to guests at the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting for "A Barn Affair" at Turkey Trot Farm, as Sue Stivers, Executive Director of Columbia Adair County Tourism, left, Larry Sanner, far left, and Ron Hopper, far right, look on. Duvall told the gathering that the A Barn Affair will be synergistic for lots of local businesses - caterers, restaurants, lodging, and more. Many weddings, she said, will mean whole groups of acquaintances will be traveling to Gradyville for the weddings and will be staying nearby hotels, and eating in local restaurants and visiting local tourist attractions. With the average number of close friends on each side of the family around 250, the potential impact on the tourist related sales is staggering. CJE Ann Melton, who was also there, echoed the thought. "This development will have a big impact on the local economy. It's going to help." Duvall said that already, a number of wedding bookings have been made. She also emphasized that A Barn Affair will regularly present entertainment, and catered meals, including barbecues and pig roasts will be held often. The - EW
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