It isn’t just pancakes. And it isn’t all about $5 bills.
It’s about helping the youth in the Elizabethton community.
Oh, and for good measure, there’s that good breakfast.
For the 51st year, members of the Elizabethton Kiwanis Club will rise early Saturday morning to begin brewing the coffee, mixing the batter and setting the tables for their annual pancake breakfast.
Touted by many to be Elizabethton’s premiere fall social event, this year’s Kiwanis pancake breakfast will be held Nov. 9 at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Serving time is around 7 a.m., and members will keep the breakfast open until the last ticket holder is served, which will be around 10 or 10:30 a.m.
Richard Barker, chairman of the breakfast, said during the past 50 years, thousands of pancakes have been consumed by hungry participants during Kiwanis Pancake Saturday.
This year, that number will grow.
The menu consists of fluffy pancakes, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee. The cost is $5 per person.
The occasion has long been a family affair, and many have been attending the pancake breakfast for years. “Ernie Shultz used to be the first person to show up for breakfast, and I’m sure we have some, who have attended every breakfast,” said Barker.
“Last year, we ran out of pancake mix; the first time that has ever happened. We had to buy extra. Everyone brags on our pancakes and sausage. We have some help from Dino’s with the sausage. They order it for us and help fry it. We buy the pancake mix in bulk, along with six cases of orange juice and four cases of milk. This is in addition to pounds of coffee,” said Barker.
Baker noted that the pancake breakfast is the club’s biggest fundraiser.
And it’s pretty amazing what the club can do with those $5 bills. With the help of a whole lot of short stacks of pancakes, the club supports a number of youth-centered projects, such as the Carter County Head Start, the Best-All-Around Boy and Girl Award at Elizabethton High School, 4-H activities, the Key Club at Elizabethton High School and of course, the Kiwanis Park.