Fresh and hot off the griddle pancakes were one of the reasons why more than 3-thousand people came hungry to the Naperville Kiwanis’ 56th annual pancake festival.
What does it take to keep all those mouths fed and bellies full?
“10,000 pancakes, 800 pounds of batter, and 400 things of sausage,” said Kiwanis’ President Fred Jacobs. “It’s a big festival.”
This is not only a big festival; it’s a big fundraiser for the Kiwanis club. All the proceeds from this event are donated to local not for profit organizations and provide college scholarships for key members from local high schools.
“Our mission is to save the children of the world,” said Jacobs. “Our motto is changing the world one child and one community at a time.”
Children were the focus at the festival. There was face painting, music, and even some kids passed out a few pancakes themselves.
Many people felt full but still wanted more.
“I’ve only eaten two pancakes so far but I’m probably going to eat 7-thousand more,” said Naperville resident Martin Just.
“I’ve volunteered here and I thought it was really fun to help out with the event,” said Naperville resident Sonia Nilakhe.
“I had 6 pancakes and they were delicious,” said Naperville Resident Greg Olson.
No matter how much food was cooked or consumed, Jacobs says the festival is more than just pancakes.
“All these people are here for a reason “said Jacobs. “People are here to support Kiwanis and they believe in what we do and it makes us feel good.”
With enthusiasm like that, the Kiwanis group is already thinking about next year’s festival.
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