Record crowds expected at 10th Pancake Day

Wednesday, February 23, 2011  10:18 AM

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The 10th annual Worthington Pancake Day is expected to draw 4,000 people to Thomas Worthington High School on March 5.

The event has grown steadily since beginning a decade ago as a fundraiser for athletic teams at Worthington Kilbourne and Thomas Worthington high schools, said co-chair Chip Hanks.

With even more activities planned for this year's event, crowds should top last year's record of 3,400, he said.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a $5 ticket will buy pancakes, sausage and beverage.

The Andersen's sponsors the tickets, which can be redeemed for face value with a $30 purchase at the store.

But food is only part of the fun, with a silent auction, inflatable games, a sports swap and other activities lined up this year. Super Games is a sponsor this year, and will set up several inflatable toys inside the school for the younger set.

The sports swap is new this year. People are invited to bring used sporting goods which will be sold by the Worthington Youth Boosters during the event.

The silent auction last year raised $20,000. Items this year include golf packages, restaurant gift certificates, jewelry, camps and an organ.

A Ford dealer will offer test drives of new vehicles.

And, at noon, high school football players will square off in a pancake-eating contest.

"It's just a fun event," said Hanks.

Money raised goes directly to the athletic programs at both high schools to fund operating budgets of individual sports, as well as funding capital projects such as the weight room at TWHS and the digital sign at WKHS.

Volunteers from both schools run the event, which is held at each school on rotating years.

"The neat part about it is the way the two schools get together," Hanks said.