Jonesboro Celebrates 64th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day

February 7, 2004 -- Posted at 1:54 p.m. CST

JONESBORO--For the last six decades, the Kiwanis Club of Jonesboro has been serving up pancakes as a fundraiser. This year, the lines were long and the food was still as good as it's ever been. Saturday was the 64th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day. Folks started lining up for breakfast when the doors opened at this morning at 6 o'clock.

Lisa Lawrence was out with her children enjoying breakfast. She says she brings her family every year.

"We just love to come do it every year. You get to come see a lot of people, have pancakes and just have a good time," said Lawrence.

Sunday's pancake breakfast served more than 2,000 people. Many folks who didn't mind waiting in line for a good breakfast and a good cause.

"Well, I came out here because my wife brought me out here. She told me about the organization that's here and I want to support them and show my social support for Jonesboro organizations," said Leon Cunningham.

The average wait time was about 45 minutes...and that's a long time to wait, but it is a good time to catch up with friends.

Bonnie Goad waited in line with friends.

"It's fun getting to visit with people who are here and just knowing that we're supporting a good cause," said Goad.

"The city of Jonesboro supports us very well and we've got a lot of people out here helping us out today and we appreciate everybody who came out here and that's the main reason for our long line," said Mark Black, Pancake Day Chair for Kiwanis.

Although the final numbers aren't in yet, event organizers say today's pancake breakfast will raise between $8,000-$10,000...and it's all for Jonesboro youth.

"This money is used to donate to United Way, to baseball and soccer teams, softball teams, boys and girls ranch, City Youth, Consolidated Youth Services and several other contributions we make throughout town," said Black.

It's a good thing it's for the kids, because they seemed to be enjoying it...

Julia Lawrence is a six-year-old first grader and loves pancakes.

"I only eat my sausage. I like pancakes but I haven't got time to eat them yet," laughed Julia.

Well, mom always said breakfast was the most important meal of the day....