By Joey McWilliams
DURANT – The first Tuesday following the first Monday in November perennially means Kiwanis Pancake Day.
Elections are held that day, too.
But around the community, Pancake Day is a respected community gathering. From 6 a.m. until 8 p.m., people are invited to the Bryan County Fairgrounds for pancakes, bacon, sausage, milk, juice and coffee.
Clent Horner, a vice president and commercial lender at First United Bank, and a member of the Kiwanis, talked about the annual fundraiser.
“It’s the only fundraiser that we do at Kiwanis and it promotes all the projects we do for the community around here,” Horner said.
“The majority of the funds go to scholarships for seniors in the county. We also support the Boys and Girls Club here locally and we help finance the maintenance of some parks.
“We do Terrific Kids with some of the local elementary schools and last year we started giving away bicycles for perfect attendance in certain grades at the elementary schools.”
The Kiwanis themselves cook the pancakes. Presold tickets are $5 and can be purchased from any Kiwanis member. Horner said most banks in town have tickets, as well.
“It’s a great event for us to get to meet people,” Horner said. “It’s a good time to get to see your many people in the community and to visit with them and just break bread with them. Or pancakes.
“We want everybody to come and enjoy the pancakes. It’s all you can eat, so won’t leave feeling empty.”
The Durant Kiwanis Pancake Day this year will be Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Fairground located at 1901 S. Ninth Ave.