Its Elizabethton Kiwanis Club Pancake Day again

John Thompson • Nov 12, 2019 at 9:27 PM

ELIZABETHTON — This weekend is the annual time for one of the most popular breakfasts in Elizabethton. It’s time for the 57th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day.

The event will once again be held at the First United Methodist Church at the corner of East E and Elm streets in downtown. The breakfast will once again be served from 7-10:30 a.m.

This is not only a popular event for people who enjoy eating a good breakfast, but it is also the biggest fundraiser 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 and a Builders Club for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at T.A. Dugger Junior High School.

Saturday’s menu will consist of some of the best pancakes available and will be served with sausage, and a choice of milk, orange juice and coffee.

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.

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.

Tickets are $7 per person.

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