Christmas In The Stables –A Wonderful Time for All!

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On December 14-15, 2018, the Wolfe Ranch hosted Christmas in the Stables. The event was a tremendous success, and the 50 degree December weather was incredible!   Even our 4-Legged friends enjoyed getting dressed up for the occasion!

Stall Decorating Contest

Our barn stalls were beautifully decorated by Great Western Bank, Hometown Veterinarian, Salvation Army, Classical Conversations, and Quakerdale Family Services.  During the event, our guests participated in our stall voting contest and the proceeds earned from this fundraiser will help care for our horses in 2019. Thank you to everyone for who particpated in this contest, each stall was beautifully decorated, and many visitors had a tough time deciding which stall to vote for! Congratulations to this year’s winner, Great Western Bank of Marshalltown, with their creative “candy land theme stall” (See the photo to the right).   Also, thank you to those who brought canned goods to our barn to help fill the newly remodeled  Salvation Army pantry that was damaged during the July 2018 tornado. 

Inside the ranch house itself, …holiday decor, Santa, Christmas lights, music, and vendors helped  holiday shoppers keep the mood festive and finish last minute shopping.  We extend a very special thank you  to our vendors:  Barefoot Books, Simply Good Skin Care, Tupperware, Chuck Friend Photography and Belt Buckles, Scentsy, & Hope4Healing.


Hope4Healing and NEI3A….Helping Those In Need

As a special treat, many of the ranch bedrooms were decorated by Hope4Healing and NEIA3A.  These two non-profits were able to procure donations of  beautiful artificial trees of all shapes and sizes and an abundance of Christmas decorations.  After the Christmas In The Stables event, the trees and decorations were given out and delivered to those who lost their decorations in the Marshalltown tornado or the flooding afterwards.  The Wolfe Ranch Staff would like to thank  H4H and NEI3A for the hard work that they put into this project.  It was rewarding to see the smiling faces and tears when the trees and decorations were given out to those in need.     The Wolfe Ranch is thankful to have been a small part in this relief effort, and are blessed to have had this opportunity to give back to our community.  It is our hope that many of those impacted by the tornado were able to take some time as a family, and come out to Christmas At The Stables and simply relax and enjoy their visit here.

2019….Sneak Peak

Our staff is working to finalize our 2019 activity calendar.  Stay tuned for some very exciting announcements in the next few weeks.  Please make sure to check out our website at Like and follow the Wolfe Ranch on Facebook so you don’t miss out on some very exciting activities!

Here’s your first sneak peak….Go ahead….Save the date….

Christmas In The Stables 2019

  December 13-14, 2019!

Here’s a sneak peak of our Vendor’s

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It’s hard to believe that next Friday (December 14th from 2-8 pm) and Saturday December 15th from 10am to 4 pm),  it will be time for our Christmas In The Stables Event!  While you are here at the ranch enjoying the animals, lights, and beautiful Christmas decor, stop into the ranch house to visit our vendor’s!  Also, our special visitor, Santa, will be here from 6-8 pm on Friday and 2 pm to 4 pm on Saturday!

…………………………………Here’s a sneak peak…………………………………

Simply Good Skin Care by Erica Lyon

Barefoot Books by Andrea Nelson 


Chuck Friend Photography and Belt Buckles

Tupperware with Jeanne Hanson

Scentsy by Denise Thompson

Hope4Healing  Bake Sale to support their Ministry or 1855-584-HOPE (4673)


Christmas In The Stables

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Welcome to Christmas In The Stables!

We hope you will join us.  Please call the ranch with any questions at 641-752-6446.  Details are below!

 Friday, December 14, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.  – Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us for a great time of family fun at our Christmas in the Stables event! Come out and take a tour of the ranch, find out what we do, and meet our animals, enjoy the holiday decor, and vote in our stall decorating competition (free will donations to vote for the best stall – all donations will go towards the care of our horses).  Vendors will be there to help out any last minute Christmas shoppers, and music will keep the mood festive.  Meet Santa and have your picture made by Chuck Friend Photography 6 to 8 pm on Friday or 2 to 4 pm on Saturday. Sitting fees are $5.00 that will be paid to the ranch, and then you can order individual photos directly from chuck’s website for an additional fee  (see details/prices below).
Please bring canned goods to fill the remodeled pantry at the Salvation Army.  Their pantry was damaged this past summer from the tornado and will be reopening up in 2019.  Let’s fill it up with canned goods!
Hope4Healing and NEIA3A arelooking for gently used artificial trees to give to those who lost their decorations in the tornado also.  Please give Hope4Healing a call at 1855-584-4673 if you would like to donate a tree or funds for a tree.  The trees and decorations will be on display at the Christmas in the Stables event and then given to families afterwards.  We hope to see you there!

Barefoot Books, Simply Good Skin Care, Tupperware, Chuck Friend Photography and Belt Buckles, Scentsy, Hope4Healing

Businesses/Organizations decorating a stall:
Quakerdale Family Services, The Hometown Veterinarian,
Salvation Army (will also be collecting non-perishables for their food pantry, Sal’s Cupboard), Great Western Bank, Classical Conversations

**Photography information**

Have your picture taken with Santa from 6-8 pm on 12/14 and from 2-4 pm on 12/15 – $5 sitting fee will go to the Ranch.
After your photograph, you will be able to go online to Chuck Friend Photography at, and order the pictures in the sizes that you want for an additional fee.  Prices : 3.5X5 = $2.00 ; 4X6= $3.00 ; 5X7= $3.50 ; 8X10= $6,00 and 11X14= $10. Other sizes available – talk to Chuck at the event.  Also any photo can be made into or on a variety of items that he will have available to be seen at his vendor table. Please send payment for what you order to Chuck Friend at Box 103 in Conrad.  Photos should be back and to you by Christmas if you order by Dec 20.

The Hidden Jewel of Marshalltown

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Wolfe Ranch—The Hidden Jewel of Marshalltown

“I’ve driven by the ranch for years, and always wondered what you do here. My curiosity has gotten the better of me and I thought that I’d stop in”, said a truck driver who recently stopped in for a quick chat and tour of the Wolfe Ranch.  After the tour, the truck driver said, “wow this place is the hidden jewel of Marshalltown, I’ll definitely be back my family would love to visit!This place is amazing, and I’m so glad that I stopped by!”

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