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Lions flip for local kids at pancake breakfast

POULSBO — When it comes to Viking Fest food, folks often remember the tastes and smells of things like Viking burgers, elephant ears and the famous Kiwanis roast beef sandwiches.

But before gorging themselves at the carnival, the Poulsbo Noon Lions are hoping attendees will fuel up at the club’s 33rd annual pancake breakfast. Hotcakes, eggs, sausages, milk, juice and coffee will be on the menu from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Poulsbo Armory.

The event is one of the civic organization’s largest fund-raisers of the year. Typically all of its active members show up, in addition to spouses, members of the North Kitsap High School LEO Club and even a few local dignitaries, including Miss Poulsbo. Nearly 1,500 people will likely be fed during the two days.

“This is one of our best ones,” said breakfast coordinator Irving Spellman. “Everyone’s cooperating. We have all of the volunteer positions filled and the LEOs do quite a bit of the work.”

But besides serving up a breakfast of epic proportions, the effort also raises funds for local students. All of the money goes toward the NKHS Scholarship fund through the Raab Foundation. About $37,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 24 local students the last six years through the event proceeds. Last year’s breakfast netted the club $6,500, which equated to four $1,500 scholarships that were given to graduating NKHS students.

The money usually goes to students with good academic and community service backgrounds, but who may be overlooked for other scholarships.

Spellman said prices were raised a little this year to $7 for adults and $4 for children due to the increase in prices for items like milk and eggs. But it’s still a good deal for breakfast, he noted.

“You can go back and get as much as you want,” he said with a laugh. “Last year, there was one young guy who went back I think four times for hotcakes and eggs and I think he had about a dozen sausages.”

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