By G. Michael Dobbs
SPRINGFIELD – The Spirit of Springfield is once again anticipating that 10,000 to 12,000 of its “closest friends” will be enjoying the annual World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. on May 10.
Judy Matt, president of the Spirit of Springfield, announced April 30 that Springfield Police Commissioner William Fitchet would be this year’s honorary chair of the event.
Mayor Domenic Sarno said, “To honor Commissioner Fitchet is very well placed.”
Fitchet received the blue and white jacket from Paul Picknelly, president of Monarch Enterprises. Fitchet noted he was honored by the selection.
Matt emphasized the community nature of the event and said she was “so grateful fore the volunteers and the [donated] products.” The Massachusetts Army National Guard will transport the hundreds of gallons of pancake batter from Mercy Medical Center where it is prepared the day before. Performance Food Group donates the batter. Baystate Health Systems and Mansfield Paper Company donates the necessary paper products and cups.
Volunteers from the Armory Quadrangle Civic Association, Bethel Child Care Services, Cathedral High School, Exchange Club of Springfield, John Boyle O’Reilly Club, KIX 100.9 FM, MassLive, The Q 99.7 FM, ROCK102, Springfield Area Transit Company (PVTA), Springfield Code Enforcement, Springfield Department of Health and Human Services, Springfield Law Department, Springfield Rotary Club, Springfield UNICO, United States Postal Service, WSHM-TV CBS3 and other organizations.
MGM Springfield is the sponsor for the event.
Besides the pancakes, there will also include Hood orange juice and milk and Carando Classic Italian bacon.
In addition to piles of pancakes, other attractions will include horse-drawn wagon rides, mini-train rides, apparatus from the Springfield Fire and Police Departments, Six Flags trolley and characters, a kick line the length of the breakfast table as well as performances by Ronald McDonald, the High School of Science and Technology Band, Falcetti Music, Mary Ann Studio of Dance, Academy of Artistic Performance, Lower Liberty Heights, DREAM Studio, square dancing and more.
Tickets are $1 for children and $3 for adults.