LIMA — Those in the mood for pancakes are in luck. The “oldest running pancake day in Lima” is slated for this weekend.
The Sertoma Club Pancake Day dishes out thousands of pancakes made from hundreds of pounds of batter, 1,400 pounds of sausage and even more juice and syrup as attendees gorge on fluffy pancakes in standard or blueberry varieties.
The Sertoma Club has hosted the event for the last 62 years, and it remains the biggest fundraising event for the service club, which it uses to fund its summer speech clinic, the Faurot Park shelter house, SHARP, the club’s speech-language scholarship and other club causes.
Event chair Adam Rector said his grandfather was one of the founders of the club’s pancake day, and at the time, the event was a unique one for Lima. It has since become a social event for the community to come together and eat some pancakes.
For organizers, the event is little more complicated. Before Saturday morning, club members have to transport 100-pound griddles resembling roughly 3-foot wide spinning tables with heated surfaces made specifically for pancake day. Teams manning the equipment will pour the batter onto the griddles, and by the time the pancake makes one rotation on the machine, its ready to be flopped off its surface and onto a plate.
“These things are not the funnest to get together. On Friday, we get them together and make sure they’re running. Each one weighs 100 pounds each,” Rector said. “We’ve been using them all since the beginning.”
Attendees can also use the drive-thru to receive pancake breakfasts, but those who plan for a sit-down meal can expect a little extra benefit.
“As long as you pay for the ticket and you’re sitting in the main eating area, you can always go up for more,” Rector said.
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.