The Lubbock Lions Club is busy preparing for its 56th Annual Pancake Festival Fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, February 23, at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.
Committees have been organized and enough product has been ordered to fill a semi.
More than 900 Lubbock Lions Club members and volunteers from the community, including volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 157 and from fraternities and sororities at Texas Tech University, will come together to serve throughout the day.
When the pancake festival's doors open at 7:00 a.m., volunteers split into 3 shifts will stand behind 14 massive grills prepared to flip enough pancakes for 20,000 people. City officials and local celebrities will cook pancakes at the VIP grill.
The grocery list includes 4,620 pounds of pancake batter, 16,200 ounces of margarine, 3,400 pounds of link sausage, and 36,000 ounces of maple flavored pancake syrup.
Attendees tell us that the pancake festival has become a Lubbock tradition. Each year they look forward to the 'all you can eat' menu of light, fluffy pancakes, sausage, orange drink, milk and coffee. The food is freshly prepared and cooked throughout the day until the event ends at 8:00 PM. The atmosphere is festive and family oriented; the entertainment is ongoing.
This year the Lubbock Lions Club encourages visitors attending First United Methodist Church's production of "Hello Dolly" in the Civic Center to enjoy the fare before or after the musical.
Volunteers will be available assist visitors with special needs into the exhibit event hall and carry pancakes to their tables.
Tickets are $4.50 in advance; $5.00 at the door. There is no charge for children under two years of age.
Tickets may be purchased from any Lubbock Lions Club member, or by calling the Lubbock Lions club at (806) 763-4789. Tickets are also available at all Bolton locations.
In 1953 Lubbock Lions began flippin' pancakes to give back to the community. Guided by the motto "we serve", the Lubbock Lions Club members have continued flippin'. Each year they donate all of the profits raised from the pancake festival fund raisers to charities.
Some of the charities that benefited from the $87,500 raised at last year's festival include the Boys & Girls Club of Lubbock, Goodwill Industries, Children's Miracle Network, Lubbock I.S.D. (eyeglasses for students) Prevent Blindness, Sick Children's Clinic of Lubbock, YWCA Adaptive Aquatics Program and the Texas Lions Camp for Handicapped children.
Founded in 1929, the Lubbock Lions Club consists of 357 members; it is the largest Lions Club in the United States.