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Jul 6

DIY Wedding Photo Booth

When you hear “DIY wedding,” your first thought is either A) “UGH, never! That’s why wedding planners exist,” or B) “Let’s get started! I’m all about crafting.” Whichever camp you fall into, a DIY photo booth project is one that every type of bride can handle. With all of the apps and selfie sticks available, there is really no need to rent a photo booth. Plus, making your own photo booth saves you money, earns you bragging rights and adds a personal touch to your wedding. With the help of my bridesmaids and close friends, I managed to create my dream photo booth.

For those still doubting me, I’m going to walk you through the process, step-by-step.

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Oct 18

The Best Pumpkin Desserts for Fall

There are tons of pumpkin dessert recipes out there. We understand it can be hard to narrow down a few (or even just one) to try. So, we’ve done the hard part for you — choosing. Below, we’ve rounded up our five favorite pumpkin treats that put us in the holiday state of mind. Is it too early for that? (Answer: Never.)

Pumpkin Cookies with Mulled Cider Cream Cheese Frosting

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Photo courtesy of Made+Remade, Ellen Foord.

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Sep 14

Recipes Fit for a [Farm] Queen

In honor of Farm Queens, Great American Country’s new series premiering TONIGHT at 6/5c, we chose three delicious recipes to serve at your Farm Queens and Miss America Pageant viewing party. While pageant coach Chet Welch may not approve them for a contestant-in-training trying to watch her figure, we say go ahead and indulge a little.

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Aug 24

Country Homes: Transformed Barns

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Barns usually serve as backdrops for weddings, engagement shoots, senior portraits or rustic outdoor parties. But at Great American Country, we’re more intrigued by the barns themselves, not as backdrops but as country homes or retreats. With a renewed interest in simple living and re-purposing the old, folks are gravitating more and more to the countryside and converting unused barns into beautiful living spaces, businesses and more. Take a look at our Beautiful Barns gallery for some rustic barn inspiration.
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Jul 14

‘CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock’ Airs August 5

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Little Big Town photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Did you make it to this year’s CMA Music Festival? Or, do you want to re-live the excitement all over again? CMA Country Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock airs August 5 at 8/7c on ABC, featuring performances from some of country’s biggest stars, as well as back stage access. Little Big Town will return to host the concert special.

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Nightly concerts featured country music stars Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley and The Band Perry, among others. CMA Music Festival took place June 5-8 in downtown Nashville, with hundreds of hours of live music and countless opportunities for fans to get up close and personal with some of their favorite artists.

 

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Jun 7

CMA Fest: Junk Gypsies and Farm Kings Host Friday Night Concert

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert‘s good friends, Amie and Jolie Sikes, appeared throughout Friday night’s concert at LP Field to introduce artists and promote season two of Junk Gypsies. Helping the sisters with introductions were Farm Kings brothers Dan and Pete King. Concertgoers caught sneak peeks of the Junk Gypsies’ and Farm Kings‘ upcoming premieres on Great American Country.

The Junk Gypsies and Farm Kings at CMA Fest 2014

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The Junk Gypsies introduced Miranda Lambert, for whom the Gypsies designed the Pistol Annies logo. The Shelton-Sikes relationship goes deeper than that, though. Blake and Miranda hired the Sikes sisters to design a funky, boho wedding reception in 2011.

Dan and Pete King joined the Sikes sisters and Storme Warren, host of Headline Country and The Collection, to open the show and introduce the evening performers. Later in the night, Dan and Pete gave fans an exclusive look at their new season, starting in August.

Sister network HGTV’s Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott, also made appearances to promote the new season of their show, airing June 8 on HGTV.

The new season of Junk Gypsies premieres Thursday, June 12 at 9/8c. Plus, enter for your chance to win $5,000 in our weekly Watch & Win giveaway throughout the month of June, and tune in to the Farm Kings season four premiere on August 14.

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Jun 5

Great American Breakfast Series Kicks Off CMA Fest

What better way to kick off CMA Music Fest than with a breakfast buffet, live music and a meet and greet with hot country artists? Great American Country welcomed 270 fans to a (very early) breakfast at Music City Center where Canaan Smith, Lauren Alaina, Dustin Lynch and Neal McCoy performed some of their most popular songs while guests sipped coffee. Following the performances, guests received signed photographs of the artists and interacted with them at an exclusive meet and greet at Fan Fair X.

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Fans at the Breakfast also watched a special sneak peak of Great American Country’s newest programs. The Junk Gypsies new season premieres June 12 at 9/8c, and follows the Sikes sisters on their newest venture: a teen home décor line. All-new episodes of Highway Cowboys and Farm Kings premiere in July and on August 14, respectively.

The Junk Gypsies and Farm Kings will make special appearances throughout CMA Fest, including the Breakfast on Saturday and LP Field on Friday night.

Did you attend one of our Great American Country Breakfast Series events? All of the photos will be ready no later than Tuesday, June 10 on gactv.com/breakfast. Thank you for joining us at CMA Fest!

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Jun 4

CMA Fest: Junk Gypsies and Farm Kings to Make Special Appearances

The stars of Great American Country’s hit series Junk Gypsies and Farm Kings will co-host the CMA Festival’s Friday night concert at LP Field. Performers will include Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, The Band Perry and Eric Church.

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Farm Kings Dan and Pete and Junk Gypsies Amie and Jolie Sikes will also join our guests at the CMA Fest Great American Country Breakfast Series to introduce performers and discuss upcoming premieres of their respective shows. The King brothers will be at AT&T Fan Fair X and the HGTV Lodge on Friday, followed by the Sikes sisters on Saturday. 

Social Media Maven Jessica Northey will host the morning concert series. Her weekly #CMchat features celebrity Q&A sessions, Facebook and Twitter discussions and Google+ hangouts. Forbes gave Northey the No. 3 spot on its list of Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers.

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Apr 25

Great American Country Picks Up Fourth Season of Hit Series Farm Kings

Great American Country Picks Up Fourth Season of Hit Series FARM KINGS

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After the third season of Great American Country’s original series Farm Kings posted double-digit audience gains among P25-54, the all-American lifestyle network has renewed the hit show for a fourth season. Scheduled to premiere this fall, the ten new 60-minute episodes highlight the ups and downs of the King family’s life on a Pittsburgh-area farm as they battle Mother Nature and continue to build their farm-associated small businesses.

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In season four, eldest brother Joe struggles to reinvent the farm’s co-operative crop program, while brother Dan faces a personal dilemma of leaving the family business behind when he leaves home. Meanwhile, mother Lisa faces an empty nest when her eighth child, John, graduates high school and contemplates moving out of her home. And, the entire family is in mad-scramble mode to produce sister Bitty’s wedding.

Farm Kings is a genuine American family story, sometimes raw and dramatic, but always authentic and fun,” said Steven Lerner, senior vice president of programming and development for the network, as well as its sister channels, HGTV and DIY Network. “Much like our recent original series pick-ups Highway Cowboys and Junk Gypsies, this series is an example of how viewers gravitate to our programming focused on uniquely American experiences. Farm Kings appeals to a consumer segment that advertisers find desirable – proud, patriotic people who share a common strong work ethic, who are chasing the American dream and who have spending power.”

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Feb 27

Last Chance to Watch & Win TONIGHT on Farm Kings

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February’s almost over and that means this is your last week to win during our “King of the Week Watch & Win Sweepstakes.” Tune in to Farm Kings TONIGHT, starting at 8/7c, to get the exclusive on-air code. You could win $2,000!

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But that’s not all– we’re also giving away Farm Kings calendars on Twitter! Starting at 8/7c, we’ll give away one calendar an hour for the next eight hours. See the official rules below. Continue Reading

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