Lubbock Lions Club plans to turn pancakes into figurative gold on Saturday for the sake of local charities.
With a theme called “Get on the Route to Pancake 66” as a reference to its years of feeding the Lubbock area while raising funds, the Lions Club will offer pancakes, sausage and breakfast drinks from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.
Advance tickets to the day-long event are $6 from any Lubbock Lions Club member, Bolton Oil locations, the YWCA, Catholic Family Services office and the Lions Club office at No. 4 Briercroft Office Park. At the door, tickets are $7, with children younger than two admitted free.
“Tickets can also be purchased online at Lubbocklions.org until 3 p.m. Friday,” said Susan Moeller, who is handling publicity for the Pancake Festival.“The all-you-can-eat menu of light, fluffy pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee has remained very popular with our community and the surrounding area.”
Tokens may be purchased for cotton candy and popcorn.
Terry Holeman, co-chairman, said the Pancake Festival is a family event. “We are busier during breakfast and lunch, and a little bit at dinner. Mid-afternoon is a great time to come.”
Typically, about 800 volunteers help throughout the course of the day, including Boy Scout Troop 157 that the Lions Club supports.
“We have nearly 6,000 pounds of pancake mix, about 41,000 ounces of syrup, and 80,000 sausage links,” Holeman said.
Debra Perry, co-chair, said, “Our local citizens and the Lubbock Lions Club have teamed up over the past 65 years for an incredibly successful event that supports local organizations that reach those in need.
“I expect this year to be even better.”
According to Holeman, the Lubbock Lions Club set a record for pancake events by non-profit organizations in 2009, when 20,696 people attended.
“We always have a VIP grill. Normally, local elected officials, city council people, county commissioners, and folks from the media come out and help us do that.”