Friday, May 15, 2009

The Rock Ranch to Host New Event for Youth Groups and Families

R.U.S.H Weekend at The Rock Ranch May 22 and 23

The Rock Ranch, a 1,250-acre cattle ranch owned by Chick-fil-A® founder S. Truett Cathy, will host a 2 day conference for youth groups and families on May 22 and 23. This event offers 2 levels of participation. Youth groups and families interested in attending all 3 sessions spanning Friday and Saturday may call 1-800-991-RUSH to register for $39. The $39 registration includes a t-shirt, a journal, lunch on Saturday, and 3 sessions that include praise music led by the band “Fee”, keynote speakers that include Mark Hall from Casting Crowns, and activities that include dodge ball, paintball, flag football, volleyball and a rock climbing wall. This level of participation is designed to cater to church youth groups. Youth group and family camp sites are also available for reservation by contacting The Rock Ranch at 706 647-6374.

The second level of participation is intended to appeal to individuals and families. Saturday, May 23, The Rock Ranch will open its gates to the public at 6pm to purchase admission tickets for $10. This $10 (per person) admission ticket grants access to the third and final session of R.U.S.H weekend. This session will include a message by speaker Mark Pritchett and a Christian music concert by National recording artist Steve Fee and the band “Fee”. Fee’s music, including hit titles “All Because of Jesus” and “Glorious One”, is often featured on Atlanta radio at Atlanta’s J93.3 and 104.7 The Fish, Columbus radio 103.7 The Truth and 91.3 Family Life Radio in Macon.

Following the concert, there will be a fireworks extravaganza that is also included in the $10 per person admission price.

T-shirts will be sold at the event and The Chuck Wagon Cafe’ and The Rock Country Store will be open and serving concessions and other goodies.

“This is an opportunity to be good stewards of our resources here at The Rock Ranch”, said Jeff Manley, general manager of The Rock Ranch. “We are excited about this partnership and this event that will minister to area youth groups and families.”

The Rock Ranch event Coordinator, Adam Pugh added, “It is always a pleasure to invite families to The Rock Ranch to spend quality time together, but it is especially rewarding to have a group gathered for such a wonderful purpose and with such talented and experienced worship leaders.”

Mark Pritchett, founder of R.U.S.H ministries (an acronym that stands for reaching un-churched students for him) remarked, “I am very pleased that The Rock Ranch has partnered with us in this event – it is a great venue for this purpose. Registration this year has been strong and I am excited about what God will do here both during this event and into the future.”

For a full itinerary and schedule of R.U.S.H Weekend at The Rock Ranch visit

Other Events
In 2008, over 46,000 guests attended The Rock Ranch and enjoyed activities and events like Conestoga Wagon camping, educational school field trips, Fall Family Fun Days, company picnics and special public events like Celebrate America. The Rock Ranch has planned even more family fun for 2009 and a full calendar of events is available at

The next big event at The Rock Ranch is Celebrate America at The Rock Ranch on June 27, 2009. This is the grandest of all family events at The Rock Ranch. 2009 marks the 10th anniversary of this event and there are many new additions. This patriotic event celebrates American Freedom and the men and women who have served and are serving to protect it. There will be a concert featuring national recording artist Andrew Carlton, followed by a fireworks extravaganza that will rival any display in the state. The event will include reptile shows, a master puppeteer and many family attractions. Attractions include rock climbing walls, locomotive train rides, pony rides, hay rides, paddle boats, the grand opening of slide hill, a bungee trampoline, the giant jumping pillow, the watermelon cannon, and much more. There will also be an appearance by the “America I Am” super truck – a traveling black history museum sponsored by Tavis Smiley and Walmart. This event also features a special rubber duck race for charity. The Great American Duck Derby will allow guests to adopt rubber ducks that will race downstream to a finish line where the winning duck owner will win a $5,000 first prize. There is a chance that one lucky participant could win a million dollars. This event will raise money for Stepping Stones Educational Therapy Center for special needs children.

The gates open, for Celebrate America, at 2pm on Saturday June 27 and the event lasts until about 10pm. Admission for this event is only $20 per vehicle, regardless of the number of occupants, and admission includes all standard attractions and entertainment. A wide variety of concessions and merchandise will be sold separately. Admission for buses is $30.

About The Rock Ranch

Initially intended solely to be a working cattle ranch dedicated to pure-bred Brangus cattle operations, The Rock Ranch in 1994, opened its doors for school and church groups, as well as for corporate events and private parties. The ranch further established itself as a public destination in 2006 with the inception of Fall Family Fun Days, themed Saturdays in the fall dedicated to affordable family entertainment.

In much the same way as Truett Cathy has made it his personal mission to teach young people and provide them with good, quality role models; The Rock Ranch seeks to use its setting and its amenities as a way to reinforce many of the values and principles that are vital to the development of character in children. For reservations or directions, contact The Rock Ranch at (706) 647-6374 or visit The Rock Ranch is located just 58 miles from downtown Atlanta, 38 miles north of Macon, and 61 miles northeast of Columbus.
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