Last year, to help raise the money for those expenses, the Solanco Football Boosters and the Solanco Midget Football Association staged a carnival in Quarryville.
Money raised from the carnival will help the boosters buy food for high school and junior high football players. The midget program uses its share of the funds to pay for new equipment, said program president Justin Wimer.
"Every Thursday before a game the high school level players get a meal and they get another one right before the game, either on the bus or here," Trout said.
The Thursday night dinners include a pasta meal, salad, fruit, and beverage. Last year, there were 80 players on the high school's varsity and junior varsity teams.
The boosters pay for the food and also provide food for the junior high teams. Volunteers cook the meals.
"Last year, we spent $14,000 on player meals," Trout said. "We raise the money to pay for the supplies and paper products."
This year, the midget program bought new shoulder pads for some of their 120 players. Next year, the program plans to buy new jerseys.
"And we've been buying new helmets all along, upgrading them as we go," Wimer said.
In years past, the boosters have held sub sales and other fundraisers.
While they still sell Gold Cards good for discounts at local merchants, the boosters have found income from the carnival can replace money brought in from numerous smaller events.
The carnival has several advantages over other fundraisers, Wimer said.
"It draws more of the community together and, if you buy tickets, you get more for your buck. You contribute to the programs and you have a good time."
The final night of the carnival will also wrap up the gun raffle held by both groups. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Members of both groups sell the raffle tickets, which are also available from the Stonehouse gun store.
"We have five guns this year and a crossbow," Wimer said.
Advance tickets for the carnival are on sale at Ferguson & Hassler Supermarket, TownsEdge Dr., Quarryville. The $50 ticket entitles the user to unlimited rides for all of the carnival's five-day run. Daily tickets purchased at the carnival will be $25 each.
The carnival will be held in Quarryville's Memorial Park, S. Lime St. and Park Ave., from Tuesday, May 16, through Saturday, May 20. The carnival will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, and from 3 to 10 p.m. on Saturday. There will be fireworks at 10 p.m. on Friday. If Friday's fireworks are cancelled due to rain, they will be held Saturday evening.
"The midget program and high school program have the same goal - to help support football," Wimer said. "The carnival helps us afford that support."