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Hunter Cattle featured on ‘Georgia Traveler’ premiere

Local farm kicks off new season of popular show

Hunter Cattle featured on ‘Georgia Traveler’ premiere

Hunter Cattle featured on ‘Georgia Traveler’ premiere

The camera rolls as Georgia Traveler ...


This year’s seventh season of “Georgia Traveler” is sure to be farm fresh and tasty. 
    That’s because the popular Georgia Public Broadcasting show is spotlighting Bulloch County’s Hunter Cattle Company in its premiere episode. “Speed and Feed” airs Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on WVAN-TV with an encore showing on Sunday at 7 p.m.
    Show co-host David Zelski and the ‘Georgia Traveler’ crew spent a day with Del and Debra Ferguson on their 450-acre farm place in August to give viewers a glimpse of the farming, feasting and fun times visitors can find there. 
    "The family-run Hunter Cattle Company offers a one of a kind adventure,” Zelski raved. “Where else can you experience the life of a farmer, eat like a king and spend the night in a beautifully restored barn loft with four-star amenities? I know I'll be back and, next time, I'm bringing my family."
    Most of Statesboro is familiar with the grass-fed beef, pastured pork, and free-range poultry from the farm. It’s available every week at the Mainstreet Statesboro Farmers Market and on the menu at some of the city’s best restaurants. ‘Georgia Traveler’ takes us out to wander the fields and barns and experience life that much of America has forgotten. 
    The crew wasn’t afraid to have an “up close and personal” farm experience, either. 
    “From the cameramen getting bogged down in the middle of a pasture to David Zelski willing to get his hands into anything, it was such an enjoyable experience,” said Kristen Ferguson, a daughter who works the farm with her parents. “We’re excited to see how they highlight the farm and show people just a piece of what Bulloch county has to offer.”
    Hunter Cattle is already a popular destination for tourists seeking an authentic rural experience, reminiscent of simpler times. Rocking chairs on the porch of Moo Ma’s Store invite visitors to enjoy the view before coming inside the rustic shop for Hunter Cattle meats and other delights.  Cozy barn lofts and pioneer camping areas are available for overnight stays, with the option of a wake-up call for farm work. Family-friendly public events are a particular tourism draw. In September, 5,000 people came out for the Farm Heritage Day Festival to enjoy hay rides and pond fishing, beekeeping and blacksmithing demonstrations, not to mention tasting samples of the farm’s bounty.  
    Darin Van Tassell, the vice president of the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, explained the impact of the “Georgia Traveler” spotlight.
    “The ‘wow factor’ at Hunter Cattle is sure to increase tourism for southeast Georgia,” he said. "What a hidden gem! It rushes right past the traditional B&B by also offering a unique hands-on experience at the farm.”
    “Agritourism is one of the fastest growing areas of tourism interest,” added Heidi Jeffers, the executive director of the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau. “‘Georgia Traveler’ is supported by the Tourism Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and we appreciate our partnership with them and all it brings to the community.”
    Join viewers across Georgia for an armchair trip to Hunter Cattle this weekend. If you miss it, the episode will be posted on the ‘Georgia Traveler’ website, www.gpb.org/georgia-traveler. Or plan a real-life adventure at the Fall Family Campout Nov. 15. Details about the wagon rides, moonlight trail walks and other activities are at www.HunterCattle.com.
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What: Hunter Cattle Company spotlighted on “Georgia Traveler”
When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: WVAN-TV
Online: www.gpb.org/georgia-traveler

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