It’s popular to say that something big that is coming to town will “put Manteca on the map.”
Bass Pro Shops was going to put Manteca on the map.
The Great Wolf Lodge is supposed to put Manteca on the map.
So today when ABC camera crews descend on the Manteca Transit Center to film an episode of “The Bachelorette” that features Manteca native Garrett Yrigoyen, it’s a pretty safe bet that the episode – which will air later this year to millions of fans – will absolutely put Manteca on the map.
Just before 5 p.m. on Monday, the City of Manteca posted a photograph of a rose with a brief caption inviting residents to come down to the Manteca Transit Center today between 1:30 and 1:45 p.m. for a “brief taping” of the show. The post was shared over 300 times and commented on hundreds more by 10 p.m.
The City of Manteca was tight-lipped when contacted Monday night, citing production rules imposed by the network, but Manteca resident Chris Teicheira said that he was contacted on Monday about possibly bringing a tractor down to the transit center for the filming.
Manteca City Councilman Gary Singh, who just returned to Manteca after spending the previous week in Washington, D.C., lobbying for federal money for local projects, said that the announcement was big news for the city. He added it will provide a great opportunity to showcase the uniqueness of the growing valley community that still retains its small-town feel.
“This is wonderful news for a growing city,” Councilman Gary Singh said Monday evening. “As we move forward with economic progress, The Bachelorette – with its viewership – is another piece that gives us regional exposure.
“This may be the next thing that we need to attract companies from the Bay Area – they may give The Family City a look and bring head-of-household jobs.”
Yrigoyen, a 2007 graduate of Sierra High School, was a star baseball player for the Timberwolves who went on to help the Delta College Mustangs compete for the California State Community College Championship in 2009 – the first time that the Mustangs had made it that far in half-a-century. He went on to play third base at the University of Nevada-Reno – the only player in the 2011 season to start all 55 games for the Wolf Pack – and also played for the Humboldt Crabs in a collegiate summer league.
He currently lives in Reno and works as a surgical technology consultant.
Several internet fan blogs have charted some of the public sightings of Yrigoyen and bachelorette Becca Kufrin, who apparently attended a concert together in Park City, Utah, late last month that was filmed for the show. One called the Manteca native a possible “frontrunner” in the contest, and as one of the five contestants that will have their hometown showcased on the show, he’s only three steps removed from being part of the final pair that will compete for the rose and the heart of Kufrin.
The newest season of The Bachelorette will start airing on May 28 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Kufrin, who works as a publicist, was part of the hotly-contested finale on the 22nd season of The Bachelor that aired last month. Originally accepting an engagement proposal from 36-year-old Arie Luyendyk Jr., fans were shocked to find out that Luyendyk would call off the engagement and select the other finalist to conclude the show. A Minnesota native, Kufrin received support from Minnesota State Representative Drew Christensen who proposed legislation to ban Luyendyk from the State of Minnesota. The day after the breakup aired on national television, 12 billboards went up in her hometown on Minneapolis to show support for Kufrin and call out Luyendyk for his antics.
Those who are wishing to attend the taping today need to be at least 18 years of age, or have a legal parent or guardian present with them during the taping.
The Manteca Transit Center is located 220 Moffat Boulevard, and is accessible from the Highway 120 Bypass by taking the Main Street exit and heading north and then making a right on Moffat Boulevard. The entrance to the parking lot will be on the right, and surface street parking is available in the area.
From Highway 99, take the Yosemite Avenue exit and head west towards Main Street, make a left turn on Main Street and a left turn onto Moffat Boulevard. The transit center will be on the right.
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