PITTSBURG — The sweet smell of pancakes, syrup and sausage came from the outside of the Memorial Auditorium on Saturday.
As people reached the doors of the auditorium Christmas jingles could be heard.
For 69 years, Noon Kiwanis have flipped pancakes for a good cause. It also serves as their primary fundraiser.
For the past several years the group has teamed up with Pittsburg Parks and Recreation, which hosts a holiday craft fair and a Santa's workshop, while collecting cans for Wesley House.
The basement of the auditorium began to fill as early as 7 a.m. and had a steady stream of hungry community members throughout the event Pancake Day Chair Donna Sue Pintar said.
“We had people at the door at 7 o’clock and it has been half full since then,” she said. “We’ve had a steady stream — it’s been good.”
That’s not unusual for Pancake Day as the group generally feeds about 800 people each year.
Pittsburg Resident Pauline Troth sat at a table with her granddaughter as she ate pancakes and sausage.
“We always like to bring our grandkids here every year,” she said. “They alway enjoy pancakes and the little crafts.”
Circle-K Member Ashlee Montojo placed menus on the tables while other Kiwanis members bussed tables and helped serve pancakes and drinks.
“This is a great opportunity to do volunteer work and to help people here in Pittsburg,” she said.
The day also had live entertainment, organized by Kiwanis Member Sharon Barone.
It included music by J.T. Knoll, Phil Carter, The Pittsburg State Trombone Section and more. Pittsburg Community Theatre and the Pittsburg Youth Chorale also performed.
On the other side of the room was the craft fair and toy shop.
PPRD Recreation Superintendent Sara Vacca said the turnout was good.
She said vendors paid to be at the event and the money paid goes toward buying toys for the KOAM toybox.
People who came to visit the craft fair and toy shop were asked to bring can of food for admission to help Wesley House.
“We want to give back,” Vacca said.
In the “toy shop” next to the fair, children colored ornaments, played reindeer games and met Santa. Pittsburg State University recreation students helped with the shop.
During the pancake feed and craft fair a Zumbathon, also hosted by PPRD, took place over at the Lincoln Center to support Communities in Schools.
Zumba participants had to donate socks, scarves and similar items to enter.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.