MANHEIM TOWNSHIP, LANCASTER COUNTY -—Summer is officially underway in Lancaster County, with the start of the annual Lancaster Catholic High School carnival.
This is the 29th year for the carnival, held at the high school football stadium.
The carnival raises money for Lancaster Catholic's Athletic Department and pays for things like sports equipment, coaches salaries & team travel expenses.
The carnival is full of food, games, rides & raffles; many people anxiously wait for it all year long.
"We look forward to it because we come out as a family & just have fun," says Cheyanne Bean of Lancaster.
"The rides and just seeing all the people I haven't seen for a while and catch up," Aaron Twyman, of Lancaster says.
James Achorn, also of Lancaster says, "I usually come on the first night because it first night is the best."
Also at this year's carnival, Monica Forte has set up a stand full of raffles. She is raising money to pay for an organ transplant for her five year old son Antonio.
"He's got a G-tube & an I.V. bag that runs his I.V. nutrition which cycles about 18-hours a day," Forte says.
Antonio was born with a disease that attacked his colon, stomach and small intestine. The organs do not work in his body; his colon has already been removed.
He's now on a waiting list for a stomach & small bowel transplant.
"We were told out in Pittsburgh that it's probably going to take one million to two million dollars to raise. His insurance will cover the surgery but will not cover the long lifetime travel expenses to and from Pittsburgh, any future surgeries or living expenses," Forte says.
Forte plans to be at the carnival all week.
It's open Tuesday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. & Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.