Small Market Meetings

APR 2017

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www.smallmarketmeetings.com Venue Showcase 22 By Kristy Alpert Above: Visitors pose with a cutout of professional wrestler "The Rock" during a meeting at The Rock Ranch in Georgia. Left: The Rock Ranch hosts a hot-air balloon event. A s a destination known for bold adventures and active holi- days, it's almost hard to believe the Rock Ranch is most popular among a demographic best described as "chickins." But these people aren't fainthearted or easily intimidated; rather they're simply fans of the celebrated chicken franchise Chick- fil-A. The ranch was founded by the late S. Truett Cathy, who started Chick-fil-A back in 1946, and its more than 1,500 acres have been dedicated to "growing healthy families" since it opened in 1989. Located just 40 minutes from Macon and an hour from the Atlanta area, the Rock Ranch is in Upson County, where it operates as a work- ing cattle ranch and an "agritourism" destination for groups, families, school groups, businesses and more. Run with the same fun-loving passion and creativity from the minds behind Chick-fil-A, the ranch offers a unique escape into a world of zip lining, train riding, pillow jumping, pony riding, berry picking and cane-pole fishing. Despite its rural setting, the ranch offers excellent amenities and facilities at an often surprisingly affordable price. There's no such thing as a typical day at the Rock Ranch, where groups of up to 7,500 guests are free to meet in any of the five meeting spaces throughout the property. The variety of meeting facilities and amazing array of cus- tomizable activities make the ranch the perfect setting for team-build- ing events, meetings, stockholder banquets, small planning or leader- ship retreats, Christmas parties and the ranch's specialty, corporate family days and company picnics. Photos courtesy The Rock Ranch The Rock Ranch is a place where visitors of all ages can find an activity or event suited for them, whether they are a group of business professionals enjoying a few days away from the city for a productive weekend of bonding on the paintball field or a family looking to learn some new skills at the archery area. The mission of the ranch is to cre- ate pleasant memories and enriching experiences. Through the pro- grams and sizable meeting space, groups are sure to come home healthier and happier. Head for the

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