With summer just around the corner, so are the yearly carnivals put on by York County's fire departments.
But with a dwindling number of volunteers, who are already tasked with responding to calls and taking part in training, it's becoming tough for some departments to host the yearly traditions, one official said.
Ira Walker Jr., chief of Eureka Volunteer Fire Department, estimated members of his department put in about 2,000 man-hours to run the carnival last year. For their efforts, the department gained a profit of between $14,000 to $15,000.
The profit is a great help to the department, but there's "a lot of overhead for a carnival," he said.
"I don't know how long we'll be able to do this," Walker said.
Though its future may be in doubt, Eureka will hold its carnival this year from July 15 to 20. It will feature rides, games, entertainment, foods for sale and a parade through Stewartstown that starts at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, the last day of the carnival.
When the department inked its contract with the ride vendor this year, it was a contract for one year. Normally it's for three years.
"We thought long and hard if we wanted to do it," Walker said.
With the carnival a go this year, the department is asking volunteers to help out. Anyone interested should call the fire department at (717) 993-6180.
Mark your calendars:
---Shrewsbury Firemen's Carnival will be held at 21 W. Forrest Ave. from June 24 to 29 with fireworks on the last night.
---Northeastern Community Independence Day Celebration (Strinestown Community Fire Co.) will be held at 865 Locust Point Road in East Manchester starting at 5 p.m. with fireworks at 9:45 p.m. on June 29.
---Mason Dixon Fair (Delta-Cardiff Volunteer Fire Co.) at 6988 Delta Road will be held from July 7 to 14.
---Eureka Volunteer Fire Department will hold its carnival from July 15 to 20 at 16 College Ave. in Stewartstown.
---Pleasant Hill Fire Co. will hold its carnival from July 22 to 27 at 3003 Baltimore Pike.
---Dallastown Carnival (Dallastown Fire Department) will run from Aug. 13 to 17 at the Dallastown Community Park.
---Wellsville Fire Co. will hold its carnival from Aug. 15 to 17 at 95 Community St.
---Dover Firemen's Carnival will be will held from Aug. 31 and Sept. 2 to 7 at 30 E. Canal St. in Dover.