LOWELLVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) — In the fall, Friday night is all about football.
And while the players are making passes and scoring on the field, there is another business going on to make sure the teams can suit up for the game. At nearly every field in the area, spectators can find booster club volunteers working the concession stands.
The Lowellville Rockets Booster Club’s concession stand serves up more than the typical food stand fare. It offers wedding soup, Cavatelli and chicken Parmesan sandwiches.
For customers who want to kick it up a notch, a hot stuffed pepper sandwich might do the trick.
Lowellville Booster President Stacey Harklerode said some people come just for the food.
“We heard that we’re rated like in the state for one of the best concession stands, so we sort of want to keep it that way,” Harklerode said.
The spread is a tradition and every dollar helps pay for uniforms.
“We actually buy every uniform for every sport, so this is really the only fundraiser we do,” Harklerode said.
The Booster Program just bought a new round of uniforms for the football team.
Concession stand cash also pays for uniforms for Springfield’s athletes starting with 7th graders.
“We buy all the uniforms, which easily can be, for basketball and football uniforms, $6,000, $7,000 just for one sport,” said Springfield Athletic Boosters President Ron Stacy.
That breaks down to lots of nachos, pretzels and hot dogs, all served by volunteers.
“Most of them are football parents cause this supports football. So we have everybody from junior high parents are working, cheerleading parents are working,” said Springfield Boosters volunteer Cathy Snyder.
Springfield has two concessions stands, one for sports and the other for the band boosters. Prep work for game night starts days before and the booster programs say community support keeps it going and ensures players can wear their school colors every game.