This year’s Pancake Day theme is “Pull Up a Chair and Enjoy the Show.” It is a light-hearted tribute to one of the most visible signs of Pancake Day… the lawnchair. It also reflects the full day of entertainment we provide.
Organizing Pancake Day is a challenging task. There are dozens of elements that have to fit together. Thankfully we have some really dedicated volunteers who work well together. It’s exhausting, but we try to have some fun, too.
One of the most challenging parts of Pancake Day is fundraising. It’s not just the big donations that are important. The dollar or two dropped in the bucket while attendees are going through the pancake line or a purchase of a raffle ticket, T-shirt or even button adds up and is very appreciated. The festival belongs to the community, and it takes all of us to keep it going.
We have had some large donations again this year. The major sponsors for the day are Hy-Vee, Fareway, Daily Iowegian, Curwood, Morgan E. Cline Properties, Jim Irelan Men’s Wear, Owl Pharmacy, KMGO-KCOG and Anderson-Erickson. In addition to their regular donations, Hy-Vee has provided shoppers with an opportunity to “round up” purchases to the next dollar with the proceeds going to Pancake Day. This will continue until Pancake Day. In August, Fareway sponsored a cookout which brought in a generous donation to Pancake Day.
We have high expectations for our big raffle which will occur on Pancake Day. All of the prizes are donated, and there will be 17 winners. The top prize is a three-hour cruise for up to 50 of the winners friends on the J&K Boat. Other prizes are one night stay and two rounds of golf at Honey Creek Resort, two night stay at Foxtail Cabins, two night stay and a $25 gift certificate from One of a Kind Bed and Breakfast and Tea Room, two night stay at Whispering Breezes Resort Cabins, $50 Gift Chamber of Commerce Gift Certificate from Henry and Brenda Ortmann at The Annuity Shop, T-shirt from the Appanoose County Historical Museum, three free games at Game On Laser Tag (opening soon) (three), 50 gift certificate from Exline Country Store, furnace clean and check from Drysdale Comfort Systems (two), $25 gift certificate from Drysdale’s Outdoor Equipment (two), and 10 sessions with a personal trainer at the YMCA sponsored by Mercy Medical Center (two).
So when you are sitting comfortably in your lawn chair watching the parade or the entertainment, please remember that even though Pancake Day is a free festival, there is still a cost to put it on. All donations are appreciated.Centerville Chamber of Commerce, 128 N. 12th St., Centerville, 641-437-4102, www.centerville-ia.com.