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Pancake Breakfast says goodbye to planes, continues cruisin'

Sandy Kiwanis hosts fundraiser at McKinnon Airpark


Despite some changes, Sandy Kiwanis once again will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast, for the 57th year.

The Cruise-in Pancake Breakfast will be held from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, July 27, at the McKinnon Airpark, off of Ten Eyck Road.

The airpark’s previous owner, Mike Reese, died two years ago, leaving some uncertainty about the breakfast’s venue. After continuing ownership for one year, Resse’s wife, Pat, sold the airpark. by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Now Sandy Fire Division Chief Jason McKinnon learns the ropes of pancake making at last years breakfast.

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast Chairman Les Geren said Dr. Edward Alstat, founder of Eclectic Institute and new owner of the airpark, has been equally as generous as the previous owners in hosting the event. “He’s encouraged us to stay,” Geren said.

However, Alstat has changed the use of the land, utilizing it to process medicinal plants and herbs grown on his nearby farm, so this year’s breakfast will not include the Fly-in portion of the past.

But the event will not be without entertainment in the air. The Portland Sky Knights, an RC airplane-flying club, will have an exhibition.

Tickets, which can be bought at the event, are $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger.by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Les Geren and Bill King were among the volunteer chefs at the 2008 Fly-in, Cruise-in Breakfast.

As a fundraiser for Sandy Kiwanis, the event brought in $11,000 last year. However, Geren said that because of the changes and a need to buy new supplies, this year’s Pancake Breakfast will not bring in quite as much.

The funds made from the breakfast goes toward Kiwanis’ contributions to the community throughout the year including the Easter egg hunt, Christmas baskets and scholarships as well as sponsorships of other events such as Relay for Life of Sandy, the Family Fun Festival and Compassion Sandy.by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Sandy Fire Volunteer Pat Archer and his son enjoy breakfast along with other community attendees.

The event serves more than $2,500 breakfasts, with a menu that has not changed since its beginning.

“People don’t come for the food, let’s be honest,” Geren said. “They come for the environment.”

Sunday’s breakfast will feature pancakes, ham and eggs. Sandy Kiwanis President Nancy Hoffman said the club will serve hot dogs, chocolate dipped ice cream bars and other food.

The change in the program has allotted more space for the annual Cruise-In. The Over the Hill Gang, which has been associated with Kiwanis for more than 20 years, Geren said, once again will fill the space with vintage cars. by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The Over the Hill Gang will continue to host this years Cruise-in at the event.

The opening up of the airpark runway will leave room for more cars and a higher than usual number of roadsters expected by the Over the Hill Gang. The event also includes a show ‘n’ shine, trophies and dash plaques.

Registration is $15 per car. For more information on the Cruise-in, call Norm Hinote at 503-637-3303.

No dogs or smoking are allowed at the breakfast.