By Diana Davis| March 2, 2017 at 8:51 PM CST - Updated August 12 at 2:25 PM
Pass the syrup! It's time for piping hot pancakes, sausage and bacon.
“Our griddles have been cooking pancakes for a long time,” Roy Ockert, Jr., past president of the Kiwanis Club of Jonesboro, Inc., said. “It’s been 77 years! Probably 50 of them on the same griddles. They work real well, so we don’t intend to change them—unless we have to.”
The annual Kiwanis “Pop Stricklin” Pancake Day happens Saturday, March 4 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church located at 710 Southwest Drive.
Ockert has fond memories of Ralph “Pop” Stricklin.
“Pop was a Kiwanian for a long time. I really remember him from being the chief engineer at the Reng Center when I was going to college,” Ockert said. “That’s where I got to know him and he became a city councilman. He was just active in the community. Kiwanians remember him fondly; so they named this event after him.”
The all-you-can eat event features bacon, sausage, orange juice, coffee, milk and soft drinks. Tickets are $6 each. Children 6 and under are free.
“It’s our only fundraiser and our principal fundraising mission is three scholarships per year for area high school students to attend Arkansas State University,” Ockert explained. “We found that beginning freshman need the help now more than ever. So we give them (scholarships) for those who are going for their first year.”
Wait time to eat is not long, as many Kiwanians will be working the event.
“We try to keep the line moving,” Ockert said. “We’ve got six griddles going all the time.”