Josh Ritchey, 32 Farming and family are his life Josh says he works with a professional company, Maize Quest that actually ne of the most popular attractions designs and cuts the maze and creates in Erath county, particularly around the games that accompany it. Halloween, is Lone Star Family “In addition to the farm, we also Farm, located just a few miles outside have some leased property in Hamilton Stephenville on Hwy. 67, that’s owned County where we raise cattle and wheat by Josh and Ashley Ritchey. and sorgum silage,” he said. “But the fall Josh and his wife live on approxipumpkin patch and corn maze are always mately 100 acres with their kids Gentry, going to be my main focus. I really love six, Clyne, four, and Autry who was born doing that.” at the beginning of February. Josh came to Stepheville to attend “Most of the year, we’re a regular Tarleton, where he and Ashley met. farm, where we raise grass hay square “Then we moved to Lubbock and I bales mainly for horse people,” Josh said. transferred to Texas Tech, so I graduated “But in the fall we open up our farm to from there,” he said. “In Lubbock I the public and schools and we have the taught political science at Texas Tech and corn maze, which is about eight acres farmed – grew vegetables there. One and as a lot of people know we have the year I raised pumpkins on some leased land in the middle of town.” pumpkin patch as well.” By Michael Ross
Josh Ritchey owns and operates Lone Star Family Farm near Stephenville along with his wife Ashley and three children. When the leased land in Lubbock was sold to Costco, the family moved back to Stephenville and bought the land where the family farm is now located. “We learned in Lubbock that college students make great employees and we have the greatest employees here,” Josh said. “With Tarleton right in town, that’s been one of the main things that’s contributed to the success of our business.”
The family attends First Baptist Church Stephenville. Josh has a real estate license, is president of the Farm Bureau board, and is the one of the directors of the Cross Timbers Soil and Water Conservation board.
Renee Burdick, 38 Dancing her way through life By Sara Vanden Berge
enee Burdick has been dancing her entire life and can’t remember exactly when she started. “I’ve been dancing forever,” she said. “I started as a child in a classical ballet school in Washington D.C.” Today, Renee owns and operates the Stephenville Dance Center. She and six instructors give dance lessons to about 150 students in classical ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and competitive teams. She even has beginning classes for adults. “Dance is a skill you have to hone your whole life,” she said. “And it’s fun to share that talent with my students.” Renee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in ballet from Texas Christian 16
Renee Burdick inside her studio at Stephenville Dance Center. University with a minor in business administration. She has a master’s degree in education from Tarleton State University where she also serves as an adjunct kinesiology professor. Renee shares her talent for dance outside of her studio as well and is the choreographer for Handsome Hunks of Erath County, which raises thousands of dollars every
year for Meals on Wheels. munity that supports her love of dance. She and her husband Dell have one “This is home,” she said. “This daughter, Ava. is where we will stay and raise our Renee says she is thankful for a com- family.”