Charlie Martz ladles pancake batter onto the griddle last year during the Pancake Breakfast at the Seward County Activity Center. Martz and a host of fellow Kiwanis members cook pancakes and sausage for the breakfast that feeds more than 1,000 people every year. L&T file photo/Earl Watt
• Special to the Leader & Times
The Kiwanis Club of Liberal (noon club) is preparing to put on another Pancake Day Breakfast on Tuesday – Shrove Tuesday.
Bill Scantlin, longtime Kiwanian said the tradition of serving breakfast started out in the Denny Buick garage across the street south of the post office. Then it moved to Symon Moters’ garage on West Second Street and then to the National Guard Armory and now at the Activity Center.
There have been challenges throughout the years. The Kiwanis lost about half their homemade grills in the Clingan Tire fire where the grills were stored.
They got the first temperature controlled grill from South McDonald’s when they took it out.
A few years ago, the club built the present grills that are mounted on a 62-feet implement trailer where the grills have wheels that roll out from beneath to set them on the ground, making the set-up a lot quicker.
Jim Bowman started cooking at the Pancake Day Breakfast at the National Guard Armory more than 30 years ago. He has now worked up to the No. 1 grill.
“The advantage there is you can serve the freshly cooked cakes very quickly,” he said.
It takes a lot to put on the breakfast – the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, LHS’ Key Club and others all help.
This year, Greg Bird is getting everything needed to feed 1,500 to 1,800 folks all they can eat for just $4 per person.
All proceeds go to the Pancake Day Board – not the Kiwanis Club.
The club will go through 300 pounds of SureFine Pancake Mix, plus syrup from Best Market, orange juice from Dillons and coffee from Prairie Fire Coffee.
The president of Kiwanis of Liberal, Matilda Scheuer, invites everyone to come out to the Activity Center between 6 and 10 a.m. Tuesday.
“It’s an all-you-can-eat breakfast for just $4,” Bowman said.