Watch for ’11 Pancake Festival/Lubbock

Flippin’ to Make a Difference   Lubbock Lions Club 59th Annual Pancake Festival  on a Sat. in Feb. 2011.

 The Lubbock Lions Club, holder of the Guinness World Record for the “Most pancakes made in an 8 hour period by a team” is ‘flippin’ again to make a difference.  Plans are underway for the 58th Annual Pancake Festival fundraiser, scheduled for a to-be-announced Sat. in Feb. 2011 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center/downtown (www.LubbockMap.com) . The Festival will open at 7a and remain open until 8p.

More than 900 Lubbock Lions Club Members and volunteers from the community, including volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 157 and from fraternities and sororities at Texas Tech University, will come together to serve throughout the day. City officials and local celebrities will cook pancakes at the VIP Grill.

West Texans always enjoy this Lubbock Tradition.  Each year they look forward to the ‘all you can eat‘  menu of light, fluffy pancakes, sausage, orange drink, milk and coffee. Both regular and sugar-free maple flavored syrup will be available. The grocery list includes 6,840 pounds of pancake mix, 16,632 ounces of margarine, 3600 pounds of link sausage, and 47,808 ounces of maple flavored pancake syrup. As always, the food is freshly prepared and cooked throughout the day. Lubbock Lions encourage visitors attending the Texas Tech vs. Texas Basketball Game and/or First United Methodist Church’s production of My Fair Lady in the Civic Center Theatre to enjoy the fare before or after these events.

The atmosphere is festive and family oriented; the entertainment is ongoing.  “We want to keep the event fun and different,” said Lion Karen Sims, Pancake Festival Chair. For a minimal cost “we have added a Blueberry and Strawberry Toppings Bar, Prince Charming & Cinderella, costume-clad actors, to pose with the children for souvenir photos between the hours of 8 am-2pm and 5 pm- 8pm, and we will sell benefit drawing tickets for two passes anywhere Southwest Airlines flies.”

Guests with special needs will appreciate the newly created separate entrance into the Exhibit Hall. Volunteers will be able to assist them and carry their pancakes to the tables.  

 Tickets are $4.50 in advance; $5.00 at the door.  There is no charge for children under two years of age.  Tickets may be purchased from any Lubbock Lions Club member, or by calling the Lubbock Lions Club at 806-763-4789. Tickets are also available at all Bolton’s locations.

In l953 Lubbock Lions began flippin’ pancakes to give back to the community. Guided by the motto “We Serve”, the Lubbock Lions Club members have continued flippin’.  Each year they donate all of the profits raised from the Pancake Festival fundraisers to charities. Some of the charities that benefited from the $98,775 raised at last year’s festival include Hope Lodge, the Boys & Girls Club of Lubbock, Children’s Miracle Network, LISD (eyeglasses for students) Prevent Blindness, Sick Children’s Clinic of Lubbock, YWCA Adaptive Aquatics Program and the Texas Lions Camp for Handicapped Children. The Lubbock Lions Club is the largest Lions Club in the United States.

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