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Pancake Days underway at Sioux Falls Convention Center

Pancake Days underway at Sioux Falls Convention Center

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It is that time of year again for one of the most popular and beloved pancake events in Sioux Falls. Wednesday marks day two of the 58th annual Pancake Days event. 

It's put on by the Sioux Falls Downtown Lions Club and raises money for local charities. Your dollars to buy the pancakes truly goes a long way and stays right in the Sioux Empire.

The first pancake days was in April of 1957 and was originally know as Aunt Jemima Pancake Days. Lion Marion Musgrave was the President and spearheaded the new fundraiser. Lion Wendell Hanson was on the public relations committee. He remembers Lion Al Schock inviting Aunt Jemima to the first pancake days. Lion Wendell came up with the idea of having a parade and presenting Aunt Jemima with the key to the city. Lion Burt Yagger was a City Commissioner of Streets at the time. He made a key that was 35 feet long and stretched from one side of 10th and Phillips Avenue to the other side. The parade had over 50 cars and 10th & Phillips Avenue was closed for the parade and presentation of the key. The Mayor spoke, the big key was swung across the street by a crane and Aunt Jemima was presented with a much smaller Black Hills Gold Key to the City. Pancake Days started that afternoon at the Coliseum. The line stretched 2 ½ blocks and patrons lined up 4 deep. It took almost 2 hours to get served. Lion Wendell remembers cooking on 4 old cast iron grills, which held 8 to 10 pancakes each. The line was so long that some Lions wanted to stop to save the embarrassment but the Lions (most of them WWI and WWII veterans) regrouped, bought more supplies and persevered. It is that foresight, hardship and determination that have given us the fantastic Lions Pancake Days we have today.

Gone are the days of using a cast iron pan to cook pancakes. Pancake Days is now one of the premier fundraising events in Sioux Falls feeding thousands of people.

Here are some numbers:

15,000+ people are served over this 2-day event at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

60,000+ pancakes and 38,000+ sausages are served.

The 58th Annual Pancake Feed started on Tuesday.

On Wednesday the doors will be open from 6:00am until 8:00pm.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Children six and under are free. Tickets are available for purchase at: Lewis Drug, HyVee, Ace Hardware and Gustaf's Greenery. The proceeds from this event help aid the vision and hearing impaired and other charities in the community. You can also bring your old eyeglasses, hearing aids, and hearing aid batteries. Those will be recycled and used by those who need them most.

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