WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL)—For 67 years now, the annual Campus Kiwanis Club Pancake Festival has become a long-standing tradition for several families in Texoma, and this year Kiwanis Club officials have one big goal in mind when it comes to ticket sales. They announced today that they hope to sell more than 10,000 tickets and club members are confident that those in our community and surrounding areas will step up and help them achieve that goal.
If you grew up in Wichita Falls, chances are you’ve been to the pancake festival, an event that has stood the test of time even weathering the pandemic.
“I think it’s because of what the club does, we are focused on putting young children first, they always have been and they are the future and we love to help children grow,” said Pancake Festival chairman, John Rhoads .
Rhoads said all money raised from the event goes directly to the club’s mission to help in the development of our youth here in Wichita Falls and said if that’s not enough to convince you to attend, maybe the atmosphere will.
“Number one is a tradition, number two is fun, number three the pancakes are usually pretty good and number four you get to see people you’ve only seen once a year so a lot of people come there and just say hey I haven’t fact “I haven’t seen you since the last pancake festival,” Rhoads said.
Rhoads said that not only do the families who participate play an important role in the event, but it is the volunteers who make this event possible every year.
“Volunteers are the backbone when I started 32 years ago we had about 60 members and could very well have run the show ourselves, but as it has grown and our membership has declined we are heavily dependent on volunteers, Sheppard Air Force Base has been fabulous in helping us over the years,” Rhoads said.
And with around 150 volunteers already signed up with more eagerly awaited, Rhoads is hoping for the biggest turnout ever, raising the bar for next year.
The 67th Pancake Festival is this Saturday from 6am to 6pm at the JS Bridwell Ag Centre. You can purchase tickets over the counter or at any United Supermarket or on the University Kiwanis Club website, click here.