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Manteca 4H members shine during AgFest
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From left, Elijah Ware and Kaetlyn Bogle are in the pen, tending to their lamb projects. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

They’re part of the largest positive youth development and mentoring organizations in the U.S.

Emalyne Lundbom, Kaetlyn Bogle, Dylan Silva, Maddie Silva, and Elijah Ware are members of 4-H.

The Manteca youngsters once again participated in San Joaquin AgFest Junior Show and Auction during these past few days, representing the Calla chapter.

Each had a lamb entry in the livestock show.

“I’ve shown lamb for three years in a row,” said 11-year-old Lundbom, who attends New Haven Elementary School.

She’s been involved in Calla 4-H for four years.

Her 144-pound lamb named “Joe” was made possible due to community support of 4-H.

“I put in a lot of time and effort along with my Dad to ensure (Joe) is a top competitor,” said Lundbom, who took home a second- and fifth- place ribbon.

Since January, she worked with the lamb, feeding it grain on a daily basis.

Bogle’s lamb – she name it “Rosie” – also claimed a second and fifth. She, too, attends New Haven.

Maddie Silva, 14, will be a freshman at East Union High in the coming months. Her farm animal is named “Pina Colada,” in which she took fourth place in Marketing and seventh in Showmanship.

“I like working with animals,” said Silva on why she’s involved in 4-H.

Dylan Silva took sixth place in Showmanship and sixth in Marketing with his lamb named “Jaxs.”

Besides displaying their livestock projects, the Calla 4-Hers took turns doing chores at the San Joaquin County fairgrounds.

Barn duties consisted of sweeping, cleaning, and feeding of the livestock pens.

“It could take two to four hours,” said Dylan Silva.