Pancake Days serves up food for a cause

MARIETTA – Snow in the forecast today isn’t expected to keep a hungry crowd from enjoying the second day of the 59th annual Kiwanis Pancake Days.

Hundreds turned out in temperatures around 17 degrees for the first day of the event Friday, filling the First Congregational Church in Marietta.

“We had about 450 people in the couple of hours we served during the early afternoon,” said Ann Hontz, president of the Marietta chapter of Kiwanis Club.

More came during the dinner rush.

A ticket is $7 at the door and the menu includes sausage patties along with all-you-can-eat pancakes. Drinks are also available and include orange juice, milk or a hot cup of coffee.

Hours today are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.

Volunteers working in the kitchen had their hands full Friday keeping up with the demands of hungry customers who showed up in force. Two stations of workers cooked constantly, barely managing to keep a steady supply of pancakes available for those in attendance.

“Usually the weather doesn’t affect this event and when it does it tends to help our numbers,” Hontz said. “It gives people a chance to socialize and get something warm to eat.”

There was an even a bit of a wait for the serving to begin again at 5 p.m. Friday.

“At 4:30 we had people lining up the stairs waiting to be served,” Hontz said. “We had to let them in a little early so they could take a look at the baskets we have up for auction and raffle.”

The baskets are a signature trademark of Kiwanis Pancake Days and typically generate a large portion of the money made at the event.

“There are over 100 baskets with various themes this year and we are hoping to get at least $10,000 from them this year,” said Linda Eddy, the Kiwanis member in charge of the auction and raffle.

Basket themes vary greatly, but this year include Ohio State, children books, Cleveland Cavaliers and family movie night themes.