SINCLAIRVILLE - The Cassadaga Valley Central School Football Boosters are well into their planning for the first night football game in the school's history.
The Cassadaga Valley varsity football team will play Westfield Academy and Central School at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. About 13 portable diesel powered lights will be brought onto the field to illuminate it.
After the Board of Education voted at its July meeting to allow the boosters to go ahead with their plans, the boosters have been working on the event. They are selling tickets to a chicken barbecue scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. before the game. Tickets cost $8. Anyone interested can buy tickets from any booster, football player or cheerleader. The barbecue will be held in the back parking lot near the entrance to the football field.
"The start to the game will bring CVCS alumni and Cassadaga midget football players on to the field to acknowledge our varsity players/cheerleaders," said Christin Degolier, one of the boosters. "Half time allows us to bring our Homecoming Court on to the field. This is such a big event for us."
Boosters manned a table at the recent history fair in Sinclairville, taking donations, selling tickets to the barbecue, and answering questions. A number of junior varsity football players assisted.
The boosters also plan to have a bake sale and hope non-profit organizations will staff booths. For example, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department has committed to bringing materials concerning the Stop DWI campaign.
"The money generated will be used to help with expenses like equipment that boys and girls use. We would also like to donate to midget football. They have switched leagues and are short on finances," said booster Lori Johnson.
The boosters hope Cassadaga Valley alumni will attend the game. For more informtation, call Mary Jo Bauer at 679-5512, Lori Johnson at 969-2725, or Tara Gugino at 640-2437. People who have questions or would like to volunteer may also call.