Kiwanis Pancake Day in Elizabethton takes place Saturday morning

John Thompson • Nov 14, 2018 at 5:58 PM

ELIZABETHTON — It is that time of year again.

The 56th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, from 7-10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, at the corner of East E and Elm streets in downtown Elizabethton.

This is not only a popular event for people who enjoy eating a good breakfast, but it is also the biggest fundraiser for the Elizabethan Kiwanis Club conducts to support its various programs to support the children of Carter County. The club is a major sponsor of the Carter County Head Start, all the 4-H programs in Carter County, and the Special Education Picnic, held annually at Cat Island Park.

The funds also support the clubs in individual schools. Kiwanis sponsors K-Kids at Harold McCormick, East Side and West Side Elementary schools and Key Clubs at Elizabethton and Unaka High schools. This year, the club also sponsored the organization of a Builders Club for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at T.A. Dugger Junior High School.

With over a half century of experience in preparing delicious pancakes, the club continues to follow its own recipe for pancake perfection. The club does bow to the expertise of Dino’s Restaurant to order and prepare the club’s popular sausage.

Kiwanian Richard Barker said the sausage blend always brings lots of compliments. It is a blend that is only sold to restaurants. In addition to the pancakes and sausage, Barker said the meal includes coffee, milk and orange juice. Tickets are $7 each and will be sold at the door.

Barker said the 56-year-old tradition started with Leroy Hite, who worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority. Hite brought the idea for the breakfast from his prior Kiwanis Club home in Knoxville. Member Don Tetrick ran with the idea and became the prime mover of pancakes for 45 years.

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