Election Day. Voters head to the polls on most first Tuesdays in November. But people from Brownwood and the surrounding area know that every year — election or not — they can turn out for pancakes that Tuesday. For the 55th straight year, the Brownwood Kiwanis Club will host its annual Pancake Supper, with this year’s event taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Since 1952, the Brownwood Kiwanis Club has held its largest fund-raiser, and one of the community’s largest single-day events, on the first Tuesday of each November.
The supper has had many homes during its five-and-a-half decade run, including the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall — its original home, the Camp Bowie Recreation Hall and now the Brownwood Coliseum.
Club members have been selling tickets to this year’s supper for the past several weeks and will be out in force over the next 10 days.
Tickets are $5 each with the money raised going to several area organizations that focus on children. Pancakes will be available beginning at 5 p.m. and the dinner line will be open through 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.
Club President Tommy Blevins said he knows many people who go to their voting places and then enjoy pancakes, something that’s become a tradition for them.
“You get to visit with so many people as you’re selling tickets, and as you’re helping them through the line,” Blevins said.
“And year after year we club members see the same familiar faces. It seems like this is something that has really become a part of the fabric of this community.”
Blevins said all club members participate in selling tickets to the supper and that nearly every member volunteers at the actual event.
“Our members enjoy ribbing each other about how many tickets they have or have not sold,” Blevins said. “There is quite a friendly rivalry growing as some of the newer members try to unseat the ‘king of ticket sales,’ Harold Lockwood.
“And that’s nothing compared to the actual event, where the competition over cooking style and pancake size have grown to comical levels. It’s a lot of hard work for everyone involved, but we make it fun and that makes the whole night pretty enjoyable,” he said.
The Brownwood Kiwanis Pancake Supper, which is expected to raise over $11,000 this year, will help support Boy Scout Troop 22, Brown County Boys and Girls Club, Brown County Youth Fair, Brownwood Explorer Post, Brownwood Freshman Baseball, CASA in the Heart of Texas, Cherry Pie Auction, Circle K Club, Family Services Center, Friends of Lake Brownwood State Park, Heart of Texas Girl Scouts, Infant and Toddlers Head Start, Project Graduation, Rainbow Room at Child Protective Services, The Ark and Toys for Kids.