Gay, Ga., was a quiet farm community with an active business district located on the main highway connecting Atlanta and Columbus as it faced an uncertain future in 1971. Agritourism had yet to be coined as a word in 1972, but it has played a significant role in economic change in Gay. The Cotton Pickin' Fair (cpfair.org) is Georgia's premier agritourism event. On the first weekends of May and October, more than 30,000 visitors to Gay enjoy a 21st century celebration.
Gay is also home to Big Red Oak Plantation (bigredoakplantation.com). Quail, deer, turkey, dove and pheasant hunting combine with fishing and sporting clay ranges with 5-stand and on-site lodging to make Big Red Oak a sportsman's paradise and corporate event destination.
In 2008, Quercus Farm added QC Arena to a grand mix of prize cattle and King Ranch Heritage Quarter horses to provide West Georgia the equestrian venue of choice. Rodeo, barrel racing, roping, cutter, and hunter jumper events take place under the 1.2-acre covered riding arena throughout the year.