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Let them eat ... pancakes

Have you heard what happens on Aug. 30 at the Chino Valley Senior Center? Well, listen up Pilgrims.

On the 30th of this month, the Chino Valley Lions Club will host its annual Pancake Breakfast from 6 to 11 a.m. In fact, Saturday will be the 28th annual pancake and Territorial Days celebration sponsored by the local Lions Club.

But there's a lot more than pancakes that day. The Territorial Days parade kicks off around 9:15 a.m. and the Craft Fair in Memory Park is scheduled from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. I even hear that the 4H folks will provide a petting zoo in the Park!

Hey, remember the TV show with Steve McQueen called, "Wanted Dead or Alive?" McQueen carried a mean-looking weapon that helped Steve dispatch criminal varmints in every episode. It was actually a 45-caliber lever-action Rossi Ranch Handgun.

Well, one of those is first prize in this year's Territorial Days raffle and is provided by Mazy's here in Chino Valley. Second prize is a Grand Canyon Express Plus Rail Package for two that includes train travel to the Canyon and two nights at the Grand Canyon Hotel in Williams. Third prize is a family membership at the Phippen Museum. Fourth is a matted photo of Steam Locomotive #29 that would enhance any study or office.

If you haven't purchased your raffle tickets yet, snag a Lions Club member forthwith, or buy one at the door if any are left. We're selling only 1,000 tickets and you don't have to be present to win.

Ok, let's get down to some serious pancake palaver now. You might think that pancakes originated over a campfire in the Old West. Think again, Clyde. They date back as early as the ancient Greeks in the 5th century BC. I can't pronounce or even spell what they called them in those days, so let's forget that historical detail.

You should be freakin' fortunate that you're not eating Korean pancakes at the Breakfast this year. Do you know what those people put into their pancake recipe? Get a load of these ingredients: jeon, pajeon, bindaetteok, kimchijeon, and hotteok!

Kinda makes you pucker up just to contemplate that chemistry experiment, right?

The Lions are serving good ol' American pancakes. Lots of butter, syrup and pig parts - that's ham to you sodbusters.

We had a huge crowd at last year's breakfast feed. But we'll be serving all the way from 6 to 11 a.m., so you can mosey on in whenever you can that morning! We ask only for a donation of $5 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger.

Look, it'll be great fun to stuff your gizzard with pancakes, enjoy the parade, the crafts fair, the petting zoo - and even win a raffle prize, but ya really ought to think about joining the Chino Valley Lions or Lioness service clubs. They do great things for Chino Valley and the Paulden area, such as providing eye exams, glasses and hearing aids for folks who qualify. They also support non-profit interests in the area including the food bank and after-school programs among many others.

So come be part of Territorial Days on Saturday, Aug. 30, at the senior center. This is a major fundraiser that allows the Lions and Lioness clubs to support our community.

Ask about wearing the blue of the Lions or the purple of the Lionesses. It could do your wardrobe and you a lot of good.

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