“I should’ve been a cowboy; I should’ve learned to rope and ride; wearing my six-shooter, riding my pony on a cattle drive. Stealing the young girls’ hearts, just like Gene and Roy. Singing those campfire songs, oh I should’ve been a cowboy.”
Those lyrics by Toby Keith express a feeling most adults have had at one time or another in their lives, and what most kids played at before video games. Saturday at The Rock Ranch, everyone, young and old, will have a chance to go back to the Wild West as October 12 is Georgia’s Official Day of the Cowboy.
There will be quick-draw demonstrations, a real chuck wagon preparing chili and beans, old cowboy western movies, and live country music from the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame. Cowboy stunt performers will rob the Tiny Town Bank, hold up the train, and engage in gun fights throughout the day. Watch an action packed authentic wild-west show with shooting and knife throwing. There will be famous cowboy look-a-likes Hop-a-long Cassidy, The Lone Ranger and his friend Tonto, and there will also be modern day cowboy poetry and singing cowboys. For the youngsters, there will be cowboy/girl costume contests for all ages, with prizes.
In addition to the Day of the Cowboy activities, The Rock Ranch offers a variety of activities. There are zip lines, hay rides, Tiny Town (a village of themed playhouses), a locomotive train, a petting zoo, paddle boats, a pumpkin cannon, pony rides, cane pole fishing, live bands, special events, and more. The ranch also offers the challenge of navigating a corn field maze. The theme of their annual corn maze is “Rural Life” and it features the likeness of Duck Commander Phil Robertson, best known for his role as patriarch in the popular A&E series Duck Dynasty. Visitors can also select from thousands of pumpkins to find the perfect one in the pumpkin patch or in The Rock Ranch produce stand. And if you just can’t do without your football game, families can watch their favorite college football team on big screens in the climate controlled comfort of Truett’s Barn.
The Rock Ranch is open Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Admission is $15. Children 3 and under are free. Admission is half price with a military ID. Tickets are sold online or at the gate and discount coupons are available at Chick-fil-A locations. Please visit www.therockranch.com for tickets, campfire site reservations, directions and more details about Fall Family Fun Days. Also, visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/therockranch.