Lone Star Family Farm welcomes fall to Erath County


Rachel Tuggle


STEPHENVILLE (October 8, 2015) –  The third annual season of the Lone Star Family Farm has begun. Locals are invited to come and participate in the seven acre corn maze, pick from the pumpkin patch, enjoy a hayride or enjoy one of the many other  family-friendly activities the farm has to offer. For kids there is a corn pit, several slides, a hay bale maze, a soccer field and a kiddie corn maze. The Lone Star Family Farm opened for business on Sept 19 and will run through Nov 8.

The Lone Star Family Farm is open from 1:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sundays. Admission tickets are $10 per person except for children two and under. People can participate in all of the general activities, except for picking pumpkins which are sold separately.

“Our theme this year is “Farmers Clothe Families,”” owner of Lone Star Family Farm Josh Ritchey said. “It’s basically a salute to America’s cotton farmers. A lot of people don’t understand that pretty much everybody in the world wears cotton in some form or fashion whether it be their socks, underwear or their shirts and pants. So, it’s a very important crop, and people don’t realize how important it is.”

According to Ritchie, everything on the farm is recycled or reused. At the end of the season, the corn will be baled for cow feed. The photo “op” stations really are made of old doors. A lot of attractions are made of cotton trailer parts.

“We are farmers, and we want people to experience what farming is and understand what it takes to grow crops that feed and clothe America,” Ritchey said. “Farming is not just the theme of this place. It’s really what we do and we just want to share that with the public.”

The Lone Star Family Farm began when Ritchey and his wife, Ashley, moved to Stephenville from Lubbock. In Lubbock, the Ritchey family ran their first pick-your-own pumpkin patch on an undeveloped lot they leased, which was bought by Costco. When they moved to Stephenville, they began with the pumpkin patch and added the corn maze the second year. It’s been growing ever since.

“We’re here to have fun, but at the same time, this is a lot of people’s only chance to see corn or crops and realize that there are challenges that you have to go through,” Ritchey said. “It doesn’t just get to the supermarket. We have a cotton patch over there and you can touch it and feel it and a lot of people have never felt cotton. That’s what we want, and we want people to just be in the country and just enjoy what it’s like to run around and have a good time as a family.”

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