Great American Lone Star Ranch events and activities amidst a pandemic
By: Madison Reed
After nine months of shutdowns and travel bans due to COVID-19, many people want to get out and have some fun with their friends and family.
The Great American Lone Star Ranch, located in Stephenville going south on U.S Highway 281 towards Hico, allows people of all ages to experience the joys of farm life and country living.
The Great American Lone Star Ranch is open Wednesday through Sunday and always has something for people to do.
For the entire month of February, the ranch will be hosting a Texas High Tea every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The High Tea event will include tiers of desserts, finger sandwiches, soups, teas and more. If you would like to be apart of the Texas High Tea, it costs $30 per person and requires a reservation.
For Valentine’s Day weekend, the ranch will be having a Valentine’s 5-course dinner and show.
Dianne Linderman, the cofounder of the Great American Lonestar Ranch and Dianne’s Ranch Diner, will demonstrate how to prepare the meals and the desserts by performing one of her famous cooking shows. These dinners will take place Feb. 12, 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. with different meals each night. These events are by reservation only and cost $50 per person.
During the month of March and the first weekend of April, The Great American Lonestar Ranch will be hosting an Easter Festival every weekend with some of the farm animals present in the pasture and a 5 acre Easter Egg Hunt for the kids.
According to Linderman, this won’t be a normal Easter egg hunt.
“We’re going to do it in a totally different way than you’ve ever seen,” Linderman said. “We’re going to take, probably, thousands of eggs and make them hard to find. So, the kids will have to literally go out and search. And while they’re searching, we’re going to let all 150 of our petting animals out with them…so in that pasture they will be roaming around with the kids. I think it will be adorable.”
Every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Linderman, hosts Kids Can Cook Academy where she teaches kids ages 5 to 17 how to cook. In addition to cooking, the kids are taken on a farm tour, learn how to milk a cow, gather eggs, take care of an assortment of animals on the farm and plant an herb garden to take home. To make reservations for your child, you can call 541-761-2007.
In addition to the kids’ cooking class, there’s now an Everyone Can Cook class for adults 18 years and older on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. In this class, Linderman’s students will learn new techniques, simple and delicious recipes, and how to make a 4-course meal. To make reservations for yourself or a group of friends, you can call 541-531-9100.
Finally, every Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., you can enjoy a nice home cooked meal made with fresh produce and whole, natural, locally grown food at Dianne’s Ranch Diner on the ranch while chickens, cows, goats and other farm animals roam nearby in the pastures next to the tented diner.
For more events and activities or for questions, you can go to greatamericanlonestarranch.com or diannesdiner.com or call them at 254-431-1108.