Lions Club hoping for Election Day turnout at pancake feed

Lions Club members Steve Firkins, left, and Steve Reber, center, serve up and cook pancakes at the Newton Recreation Center in a 2018 file photo. Wendy Nugent/Newton Now

By Adam Strunk

The Newton Lions Club Pancake Feed has been an election-day staple in Newton since 1947, and this year it’s back to its original form.

The Newton Lions Pancake Feed will be held in the Newton Rec Center for the first time since COVID-19 became a pandemic in the community. The last two years had been held as a drive-through event at the old Midway Motors building.

Lions Club member Erin McDaniel said that attendance has been down in the past two years, which is to be expected.

“Typically in previous years at the Rec Center, we’ve served about 1,000 people,” she said. “It’s really our only fundraiser for the year. It allows us to do the work we do, getting eyeglasses or vision therapy and doing community events.”

The Lions Club recently organized a Halloween trick-or-treat walk on Main St., for instance.

The event takes place from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Nov. 8.

Tickets for all-you-can-eat pancakes plus sausage, juice or coffee run $6 for adults in advance and $7 at the door. Tickets are $4 for children under 12.

If you want eggs or omelets cooked to order with your meal, you can pay $3 extra.

Advanced tickets can be purchased from any Lions Club member.

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