The long-running pancake breakfast returns as an introduction to the Apple Blossom Parade
A long tradition during the Apple Blossom Festival is back after a two-year absence.
The Downtown Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast will be held at its regular time as an introduction to the Apple Blossom Festival Parade.
Kiwanis member Tom Irvin said there was great frustration when complications from the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s gathering.
“Yeah, it just put too much flow,” Irvin said. “We were basically ready to go, but as we got closer to, you know, how the year went, we couldn’t put it in as much as we wanted to.”
The Pancake Breakfast served more than 2,000 families, groups, visitors and friends during its last gathering in 2019. This is the Kiwanis Club’s largest fundraiser for children’s programs in the area.
Irvin was nicknamed “the egg man” for his role in cooking the pancake dishes.
He says breakfast is financially important to Kiwanis, but he also has a special connection with festival-goers.
“When you miss two years, like we did, not only is it our main fundraiser, but secondly it’s a great community event, so we missed it,” Irvin said.
Downtown Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast begins at 6 a.m. Saturday and ends at 10:30 a.m., about half an hour before the start of the Apple Blossom Parade a short distance away.
Breakfast includes unlimited pancakes, scrambled eggs, several toppings, coffee and juice.
Tickets are $6 in advance, $7 at the door, and all ticket buyers are entered into a draw for $750 in gas, top-ups from Cascade Autocenter.
Pancake breakfast food is provided by Denny’s. Cafe Mela provides the coffee.