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December 8, 2005

Dougherty County -- Important visitors were in South Georgia for bird hunting, but the wet weather put a damper on their activities.

Business executives taking part in the 18th annual Fall Feather Hunt were not able to get into the fields for hunting, but they still called the day a success.

Lots of smiles and laughs at Wynfield Plantation, despite the rain. 15 business executives from across the country are in Southwest Georgia for the Fall Feather Hunt for three days. But the first big morning for hunting was a rain out, so the business carried on.

M & S Automated Feeding Systems President Mark Grinager said, "Being able to meet with the power people, the banking people. Anybody who I have questions, they are all here to help me, and that's made the trip worthwhile."

The industry leaders are brought in for hunting, and to learn about South Georgia and the benefits of doing business here. Instead of shooting birds, they sat around the fire and got to know South Georgians.

RITA Medical Systems Mario Martinez said, "I absolutely do think it works. I think that there are a number of things I've been able to make contacts here, that will help us grow our business in Georgia."

The rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of the guests, as they networked with Georgia business leaders. Peachtree National Bank President Ron Duffey said, "You understand it's going to rain, understand it's going to be chilly. But they are here for the camaraderie and meeting people."

Most of the Fall Feather Hunt guests will get another chance for bird hunting Friday. The business development message was delivered clearly.

Lt. Governor Mark Taylor will be one of the hosts at a dinner honoring the business guests at the Fall Feather Hunt banquet Thursday night.

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