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Future Farmers to Show Livestock at Fair

Teens from Half Moon Bay will take part in the youth livestock exhibition at San Mateo County Fair.

Tomorrow 15 Future Farmers of America (FFA) students — part of the Half Moon Bay High School agriculture program run by FFA advisor and agriculture teacher Javier Gutierrez — will check in the animals they’ve raised over the past year and present them to a panel of judges at the 2012 San Mateo County Fair. 

The FFA has more than 7,000 chapters and nearly a half-million members nationwide with the only chapter in the San Francisco Bay Area here in Half Moon Bay founded decades ago at the high school.

The students raise their steer, swine, rabbits, and horses in pens on the Ember Ridge horse ranch in Moss Beach, thanks to Carl Hoffman, owner of Half Moon Bay Feed and Fuel.

One of the students, Crystalyn Gallegos, also showed a horse for FFA and qualified last Sunday, June 3, to go and compete at the California State Fair in Sacramento this July, said Feed and Fuel manager Robin Camozzi, who helps the students select their animals and raise them at the ranch.

Here’s a list of the students with the type of animal they are showing. Some of the students have more animals they are showing through 4-H. Wednesday's swine/hog show will feature the most Half Moon Bay High School FFA students. For a copy of the fair schedule check out the PDF file attached to this article.

Emma Andreini, grade 9

  hog  

Johnny Cozzolino, grade 9

  hog

Joe Alves, grade 10

  steer, rabbits

Kevin Burns, grade 10

  hogs (2), Turkeys

Heather Claitor, grade 10

  steer (Marin), horse

Sarah Crosland, grade 10

  hogs (2)

Amy Francis, grade 10

  Rabbits

Veronica Gallegos, grade 10

  hog

Jenna Baxter, grade 9

  mkt lamb, ewe, baby lamb

Ashley Utz, grade 9

  mkt lamb 

Lillyette Alves, grade 12

  rabbits

Brian Martinez, grade 12

  goat, turkeys

Jake Mulderick, grade 11

  goat

Amy Simanek, grade 11

  hogs (2)

Crystalyn Gallegos, grade 8

  hog 

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