GO TO A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL...
GO TO A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME. Manteca lives for high school football, and if you go to Gus Schmidt field on a Friday night in the fall, you'll see it for yourself. Parents screaming, hot dogs, the MHS band kickin' out the music, ahh, those were some great times. I played on the team for the four years I went to Manteca High. I loved the sport, and even though I didn't get much game playing time, I gave my all 100% of the time. Coaches Founts, Miller, Cotta and Matthews were our slave drivers and smoked our butts on a regular basis. Gotta love 120 summer practice weather.
by the way. I'm standing in the far right corner on top.
"Location, location, location."
With nearby cities, easy access to the freeway and easy access to public transportation for commuting to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is easy to see why Manteca can be called the hub. Situated between Highway 99 and Highway 5 on the east and west, respectively and Highway 120 that cuts and divides the city into North and South Manteca.
The city is growing both in population and business. Spreckles Park is the business and shopping center for the eastern side of town. Big chain stores and lots of familiar places to eat makes this area a busy place. Just off the Yosemite Ave Exit on highway 99. On the west side there is the new Field of Dreams with its new mini baseball stadiums and the first of many stores like Kohls on the corner of highway 120 and Airport Way.
"Hershey's Chocolate Factory....The birth of sweetn"
Visiting the Hershey's factory is a neat experience. First you can smell the place as you drive up and they have some cool Hershey Kiss light posts.
I was only 11 years old when I went here, but I remember how cool it was. You go on a tour of the factory, and it was funny to see workers just pick up a candy bar off the conveyer belt and eat it. I asked the tour guide if it was okay for workers to take candy. She said "sure, employees get to eat all the chocolate they want for free while they are on shift." She also said that the craving doesn't last long, as you get sick of being around chocolate all the time.
Anyway, this is the only Hershey's factory that I know of outside of Hershey, Pennsylvania. Tours are free, and you even get some free chocolate at the end of the tour. You learn about the history of chocolate and Hersheys. They also have a gift/chocolate shop
Hershey Visitor's Center
1400 S Yosemite Ave
Phone: (209) 848-8126
"The Albino Buffalo - Manteca High School's Mascot"
She is White Cloud, an albino buffalo, one of the most rare sites in the world. This pure white buffalo was born in North Dakota in 1996 and roams among the herd at the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown, North Dakota. The birth of such an extraordinary creature, estimated at only one in a billion, has attracted the curious, the respectful and the devout from across the entire country.
Long before white men made the plains their home, the white buffalo was revered and worshipped by ancient Native American tribes. According to legend, a traveling Native American war party came upon a herd of thousands of buffalo spread across a wide valley. Lying peacefully in their midst, in stark contrast to the rest, was a beautiful buffalo of pure white. As they gazed in awe at this unique animal they noticed that even though the buffalo was in the middle of the herd, the other animals kept their distance from it. This was interpreted as a sign of great respect and led to the belief that the white buffalo was something special, a chief among other buffalo. As word spread among the tribes of this unique phenomen, white buffalo that appeared over the years were worshipped and thought of as "good medicine."
Many Native American tribes still look in reverence upon this mystical creature. To many, it is a sign of great changes in the world. Some think of it as a blessing and others believe it is a sign of peace, prosperity, unity and hope.