STOCKTON – The San Joaquin AgFest 2018 Junior Auction was one to remember.
It was there on Saturday morning at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds that a market swine named Belle and a turkey belonging to Christy Limas went for a combined $12,000, with all the proceeds going to the late Sierra High School sophomore who died last month in a five-vehicle crash in Fremont.
But money from the auction is only part of it.
“We’re still waiting for the add-on (donations),” said SHS Future Farmers of America advisor Amy Bohlken, who spent Monday at the Manteca Unified school farm with students doing cleanup work before closing the place down for the summer.
She was amazed at how students – not just her own but those from the other FFA chapters throughout MUSD – stepped up after the May 15 fatal crash on I-880 that claimed Limas along with her sister Brooke Limas, 9, and Noelle Johnson, 39.
“It was appropriate for her two best friends to take over (Limas’ livestock projects),” Bohlken said.
Corey Davis, who’s been friends with Christy since they were third-grade students at Brock Elliott Elementary School, and Elizabeth Kehle took care of the market swine and turkey, respectively.
According to Bohlken, the market swine went for $7,000 at the auction while the turkey fetched $5,000. The SHS FFA chapter, all told, had about 22 livestock projects including five steers, a breeding heifer, three market swine, and nine turkeys, to name a few.
Meanwhile, Christy Limas’ memory lived on.
“She was wonderful,” Bohlken said. “If I had 34 students like her it would be phenomenal.”
Donations for the family of Christy Limas are being accepted through June 30.
To learn more, call Bohlken at 209.605.1992.