PITTSBURG — Griddles will be assembled Wednesday at Memorial Auditorium, and by the weekend, pancakes will be served en masse.

The Pittsburg Noon Kiwanis is currently gearing up for its 69th Annual Pancake Day, which will take place Saturday at Memorial Auditorium. Pancake Day began in 1949, and according to Pancake Day Chair Donna Sue Pintar, has raised over $221,000 for Pittsburg children and youth since 1963 — the last year for which the club has financial records.

“Planning for the event starts in September, and club members volunteer over 300 hours over the three month period,” Pintar said. “Attendance is 800 people each year depending on the weather.”

Pancake Day traditionally takes place on the first Saturday in December, and is used to raise money for local programs that benefit young people.

“Some of the groups we provide monetary and volunteer support to are Wesley House, The Salvation Army, The Children’s Advocacy Center and Project Warmth,” Pintar said. “Those are just a few of the local programs.”

Pancakes, sausage and a drink are available during Pancake Day. The cost is $5 per adult, and $2 per child (12 and under). Pancake Day is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Auditorium.

The day will also include live entertainment, including music by J.T. Knoll, Phil Carter, The Pittsburg State Trombone Section and more. Pittsburg Community Theatre and the Pittsburg Youth Chorale will also perform.

PSU Professor Dr. Mark Johnson serves as president of Noon Kiwanis, and has been to every Pancake Day during his 32 year tenure.

“Pancake Day is just a really fun event,” Johnson said. “It’s a time to see friends and families, and for the community to come together.”

Pancake Day serves as the primary fundraiser for Kiwanis and its projects, and Johnson said many people see it as a tradition and make plans to come every year. One Kiwanis member in particular has taken part in Pancake Day for many decades.

“We have a member, Roy Surridge, who has been to every Pancake Day since 1949,” Johnson said. “And he’ll be back this year, too.”

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.