Rotarians ready to flip over flapjacks

By William Duffield Staff writer

March 29, 2014

XENIA — It’s become as much a Xenia tradition as Old Fashioned Days, Shawnee Park Fishing Derby and Homecoming. But with pancakes!

The Xenia Rotary Club’s annual Pancake Day will return to the Greene County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, April 2, with the flapjacks being flipped from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The menu includes sausage, orange juice and coffee along with the all-you-can-eat pancakes.

The Pancake Day, featuring those familiar round pancake griddles, has moved over the years as the popularity has increased.

“I remember when way back when the YMCA first opened, I believe it was 1953 or something, and we had Pancake Day there,” Jim Kennedy, a long-time Rotarian, said. “I remember the people lined up with pancake boxes.”

Kennedy said he believes that prior to that, the pancake-o-ganza took place at the old YMCA, which was located where the Greene County Jail now stands.

“But we outgrew the YMCA and moved to Benner Field House (at Central Junior High),” he continued. “One of our members was an architect and he would map out the basketball floor of the field house on how we should lay it out, where the tables should go so we could get maximum coverage.”

The pancake event then moved to its current home at the Assembly Hall at the Greene County Fairgrounds.

Tickets for the event are $6 each while children under the age of 6 eat free. Tickets are available at the door