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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.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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