Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 28, 2014

Bluefield Lions host Pancake Jamboree

BLUEFIELD — The pancake batter flowed all day long on Saturday as the Bluefield Lions Club continued its long-standing fundraising tradition of meeting the region’s pancake-loving needs through the annual Pancake Jamboree.

The annual two-day event continues today at the Herb Sims Youth Center on Stadium Drive in Bluefield, proving that pancakes are more than just a breakfast food in Nature’s Air-conditioned City.

“I used to volunteer for it when I was in the Boy Scouts,” Brandon Saddler, of Princeton, said. “I started coming here when I was a little kid. I learned how to flip pancakes here. It was just something I always did.” Saddler achieved the Eagle Scout level in scouting.

Ranks of the scouts have thinned out in recent years, but members of the Bluefield High School ladies’ tennis team took up the slack as well as other BHS students and even one player with the BHS men’s tennis team.

“The team was going to practice this evening anyway, so Cathy told them to meet at the Herb Sims Youth Center for practice,” Jim Bailey said. His wife, Cathy Bailey is the coach of the BHS ladies’ tennis team and he serves as her assistant.

“This is a good community service project for these students,” Jim Bailey said. “It also lets the public know that these students care.”

Don Cooper, 90, a long time Bluefield Lions Club member, said that he sold 1,141 tickets for the 2013 pancake jamboree, but dropped down to only about 700 this year.

“I’ve had 40 years of perfect attendance with the club,” Cooper said. “I have a list of about 200 people that I sell tickets to every year.”

The pancake batter will flow again this morning at 6:30 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m.

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