Experience the Country
Awarded the 2022 Redbud Awards for Outstanding Agri-tourism Attraction in Oklahoma.
Simply Country Ranch is located in McAlester, Oklahoma where we are first generation farmers learning how to start a ranch from the ground up. We are passionate about bringing simple country living to the community. Join us at the ranch for festivals, movie nights, classes, tours, and field trips. If you have an event you'd like to rent the ranch for, please contact us.
Meet Ben + Lauren Denny, first generation ranchers and farmers. Moving from Idaho in 2020, their two kids, and Lauren's parents picked up their lives and moved to Oklahoma to learn to farm. The ranch has been in Lauren's family for seven generations, over the years, it has worn down and now the family is taking it on to restore the land back to a regenerative state and inviting the community to come experience the country along with them.
Our sign company builds custom and personalized home decor. Beginning in 2018, we wanted a place to bring the farm feel into homes. Lauren was an educator and started building classroom signs for teachers as well.
If you have additional questions or would like to build something custom for your home or business contact us.
Are you a photographer or someone looking to take photos in a decorated photo studio?
Rent the barn, or schedule a time to come take your photos.
OUR CHILDREN'S BOOK
The Ranch has animals on the ranch with quite the personality!
In 2020, we had a mystery animal eat apples from our orchard. This meant, we used our Border Collie, Winston, to solve the case of the Missing Apples.
Throughout the book, Winston meets all the animals on the farm, and you can watch as he solves the case by scanning the book with your device and watching videos of the animals.
This is a real story!
We even have stuffed animals of the characters, don't forget to grab your stuffy with your book.
If you are a teacher and looking to book a live reading with Lauren, contact us below.
Welcome! We are Ben and Lauren Denny. Our family ranch is, Simply Country Ranch, based in McAlester, Oklahoma. Ben owned a construction company and Lauren was a fourth grade teacher when we felt a desire to learn to start farming and ranching. We do not have a background in farming or ranching but as time has gone on, we have learned a tremendous amount of how to start a ranch from scratch from talking to people in the grocery stores, the ranchers we bought cattle from, social media farms, youtube, and most importantly, getting out there to try things for ourselves through trial and error.
Five years ago, we started to breed Scottish Highland Coos, Babydoll sheep, mini donkeys, alpacas, chickens, and ducks. We are in the process of building our ranch, because in 2020, we had the opportunity to move all our animals from our Idaho ranch to Oklahoma to live on Lauren’s family land that has been on her side of the family for 7 generations. After her grandfather, Lloyd, passed, the land needed upkeep on fencing, building of barns, planting of hay fields, and tree removal. With this chance to move we transplanted Lauren's parents and grandma along for the journey from Idaho as well.
Together as a family, we all run a home decor business based online called, SimplyStainedShop.com Through this business we are creating a lot of the products we offer in this ranch shop. We even print photos onto wood from your tour when you come meet all the animals.
We have a passion for teaching and sharing our animals with others. Since Lauren has a background in teaching, her passion has been to allow students the opportunity to learn about animal care and experience the joys animals can bring through virtual field trips, farm park events.
Recently, we wrote a children’s book called, Winston and the Missing Apples based on our border collie dog, Winston, and his adventures on the ranch. We had an encounter with our fluffy cow who would escape the field and sneak into the apple orchards and eat all the apples off the trees. The adorable story even has QR codes that share the animals in real life as happens in the storybook.
Our goal is to have a place where local farmers can come sell their goods at our farmers market, families can come experience pumpkin patches, outdoor movie events, concerts, and more at our family’s ranch.
We are very fortunate to have a community on social media who loves our animals as much as we do and could not be here without them. They encourage us to keep dreaming big, and are the main push to invite the public to our ranch.
BE A VENDOR
We are looking for vendors for our live events throughout the year. Please click the link if you're interested
Rent the Ranch
Are you interested in having a birthday party?
Are you interested in reserving the photo studio for your family photo session or for your own photography clients?
Are you intereted in renting the ranch event center for a private event, coorporate meeting, a wedding, babyshower?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 208-863-8628
HAT DECORATING TRAVELING PARTY
What does my ticket include?
Choice of one of our variety of wide brim hats and unlimited choice of accessories to build a hat customized to your liking!
A great night meeting gals in our community!
How Does it Work?
1) Pick your hat! We have a variety of colors so you can find the perfect one!
2) Take a pick of hat accessories and choose the ones that speak to you. charms, jewels, feathers, ribbons, and scarves.
3) design your own or our hat stylists will work with you to build your custom hat.
4) Snap some photos with your friends or gals you just met!
5) Wear your Simply Country Hat with love!
Can my kiddos attend?
If they attend, please purchase a ticket for any guest attending. Please keep in mind that this is a Do It Yourself party, we'd love for kiddos who attend to be at the age they can build their hat. Hats are adult sized, but slightly adjustable.
Is it just for gals?
anyone is welcome.
All sales are final, if you're not able to attend, please gift your ticket to a friend!
We travel! let us know where' you'd like us to come!