Tour #18 – Guns, Turf, Knives, & Switches

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Participants of this tour get an opportunity to go into one of the most scenic counties in East Tennessee. Polk County is surrounded by the beautiful mountains of the Cherokee National Forest and the winding whitewater of the Ocoee River, site of the whitewater slalom events in the Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympic Games. The tour will make a quick stop at Benton’s Shooter Supply. Benton’s Shooter Supply in the ultimate one stop shopping destination for any outdoors enthusiast. Participants will then travel to Mid Tenn Turf, a 1,500 acre sod farm. Farm managers will share how this farm grows many types of both warm and cool season sod to accommodate a large customer base spread across a wide geographical area. Before lunch, the tour will take participants to the East Tennessee Nursery in Delano. The mission of the East Tennessee Nursery is to provide quality, affordable seedlings (genetically improved where feasible) to Tennessee landowners and to optimize genetic improvements to increase  the  productivity  of the state’s forest resource. Tour participants will get to see first-hand how these seedlings are started, grow, and are shipped, while also taking time out for a scenic river- side lunch. The last stop before heading back towards Chattanooga will be Frost Cutlery. Frost Cutlery is one of the fastest growing cutlery companies in the world located in Ooltewah. You will get the opportunity to browse their magnificent showroom and hear the history behind what has made this company so successful. The Frost family also operates a Black Angus farm nearby.

ADVISEMENT: This tour will include moderate walking.