Chatham July 4 Pancake Festival Returns

By: Tim Wood

Topics: Independence Day , Community events

A member of the Kiwanis Club of Central Cape Cod Pours out pancake batter during a past Pancake Festival. The event returns again July 4 after a three-year absence. FILE PHOTO

CHATHAM – The all-you-can-eat July 4 Pancake Festival, run for 50 years by the Kiwanis Club of Central Cape Cod, ended in 2014. With its membership dwindling, the club no longer had the numbers to pull off the event; it had to bring in folks from other Kiwanis Clubs to help in that final griddle marathon.

But next Wednesday, the holiday Pancake Festival will be back again, this time sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chatham, with help from the remaining members of the local Kiwanis Club.

“It'll be the same thing that's happened for 50 year, under the direction of the Kiwanis Club,” said Terry Eldredge, who is heading the pancake festival for the Rotary Club.

A few years ago the Rotary Club ended its long-running fall scallop festival; the cost of scallops had gotten too high for the service club to make a profit. Lots of different ideas were thrown out for possible fundraisers to replace the scallop festival; Eldredge proposed bringing back the pancake festival, which the club endorsed. Since it was his idea, he was put in charge. He contacted Jim Eldredge, who'd run the event for the Kiwanis and passed on his organizational notes, so the Rotary Club was able to hit the ground running.

Members of the Kiwanis Club will help out at the festival, which will be held at the Chatham Elementary School from 7 to 11 a.m. the morning of July 4. They'll also share the revenue from the festival and an advertiser-supported section published in this week's Chronicle.

The Rotary Club supports a scholarship, toolships for Cape Cod Technical High School graduates, the Chatham Ecumenical Council, Chatham A's baseball clinic, the Monomoy High School Rotary Youth Leadership Award program, Monomoy High student of the month, the Angel Fund, the annual Thanksgiving dinner for seniors, WE CAN, Dream Day Cape Cod and other local and international programs. The Kiwanis Club provides support and assistance for children's welfare organizations.

With both organizations now involved, the event is being billed as the “1st/51st Pancake Festival.” Terry Eldredge said the Rotary Club purchased special equipment to handle the flapjack demand and expects to serve about 800 hungry folks before and after the town's July 4 parade. Cost will be $10 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 11, and kids under 5 eat free.

“It should be a fun event,” he said.



1st/51st Pancake Festival

Wednesday, July 4, 7 to 11 a.m.

Chatham Elementary School

$10 for adults, $5 kids 5-11, under 5 free