“Pancake Day” began in 1955. It is held on the first Saturday in May at Festival Hall from 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Record attendance stands at 11,000. The menu features Klement’s sausage and all the pancakes that you’d care to eat.
Tickets cost $6.00 in advance, $7.00 at the door, and kids 5 and under free.
The event is sponsored by The Kiwanis Club of Greater Racine and gains help from some 200 volunteers, mostly local high school students. Even local to national politicians are pressed into service. Local talent, mostly from the high schools, provides a variety of entertainment throughout most of the day.
Over the last half-century, Pancake Day has become one of Racine’s most well-know and treasured traditions. It is different things to different people. For the club, it is their fund-raiser to support child and youth programs throughout the community. It is a chance for members to fellowship with themselves and their community, and to provide and join in a community celebration. It too, becomes a physical fitness challenge after 10 or so hours with several still to go.