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Flipping flap jacks

October 5, 2012

Josh Hines prepares pancakes during the Wapakoneta Rotary Club’s annual Pancake Day on Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Wapakoneta.

The Wapakoneta Rotary Club’s annual Pancake Day again was a big success, a club officer says, as the club served approximately 1,800 people between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday.

The club presold approximately 600 tickets, and many more at the door as the day went on, Rotary Club Past President and Event Chair Sheena Behr said.

“We had a lot of walk-ins,” Behr said. “We also delivered to many businesses who called and ordered.”

Money raised from the event goes toward scholarships for graduating Wapakoneta High School students. The amount and size of the scholarships vary according to how much is brought in by the breakfast, but during  a typical year they award five $1,000 scholarships.

“It all depends on how many applicants we have and how much we raised,” Behr said. “We always hope that we can offer a little bit more if we have a successful event.”

A committee is appointed each year to read the essays submitted by applicants for the scholarship and the committee chooses who the scholarships will be awarded to. On average, approximately 30 applicants apply for the scholarship.

Behr said the weather was perfect for the event, which was the 51st annual. She said the busiest time tends to be between 4 and 7 p.m.

“That is usually when we get a long line of cars snaking around the parking lot,” Behr said.

Carry-outs were treated to three pancakes and two sausage links from a local meat producer. Eat-ins were treated to limitless pancakes during the event, which was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

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