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Turnout strong for Crawfordsville Lions pancake supper

Gene Lintz (left) tends to one griddle while Steve Williams preps another griddle for more pancakes at the Crawfordsville Lions annual pancake supper at the Crawfordsville fire station Saturday. (James Jennings/The Union)
Gene Lintz (left) tends to one griddle while Steve Williams preps another griddle for more pancakes at the Crawfordsville Lions annual pancake supper at the Crawfordsville fire station Saturday. (James Jennings/The Union)

The COVID-19 pandemic could not stop the long-standing annual Crawfordsville Lions Club pancake supper.

Adjusting to a drive-up supper, the annual tradition continued on Saturday at the Crawfordsville fire station.

“We’ve been doing this for over 40 years,” said Nancy Love, first vice district governor of Lions Club District 9 Southeast.

Beginning at 4 p.m., diners drove up to the fire station to pick up their to-go meals.

“We prepared for 200 (meals),” Love said.

Instead of selling tickets this year, diners were asked for a freewill donation.

“We raise funds for scholarships, and we raise funds for the Iowa Lions Foundation, which helps the Iowa Lions Eye Bank,” Love said. “They work with cornea transplants.

“We also give to the school for the deaf in the western part of the state, and we give to leader dogs, the dogs for the blind.”

Each meal consisted of three pancakes, two sausages and a serving of scrambled eggs.

Love said that the pigs for the pork were donated by Vittatoe Pork. The to-go containers also were donated.

The pancake supper was a success, Lions Club Treasurer Randy Finke said on Sunday.

“We served right at 200 plates,” Finke said. “We maybe cleared in the $2,000 range.”

Finke said that when the club has its normal sit-down pancake dinner, they normally serve about 225 meals.

Although this year’s count was down just slightly, the amount of money raised was above average.

“Moneywise, we’re a little further ahead,” Finke said.

He noted that people came from outside of Crawfordsville as well to pick up meals, including Winfield, Wayland, Riverside and Grandview.