Pancake event raises funds for Scouts

Todd G. Higdon

Prior to the annual Neosho Christmas Parade on Saturday, spectators had the opportunity to help out Boy Scout Troop 34 by eating some pancakes.

“This is the main fundraiser for them (Troop 34, Pack 34 and Adventure 34): They also sell some popcorn and things as well,” said Tom Franklin, with the United Methodist Men. “But this is a fundraiser to pay for their charter and some of their expenses throughout the year. The charter fee is pretty expensive.”

For the past 50 years, the Neosho United Methodist Church has chartered the local Troop 34.

Those who attended the fundraiser were fed all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, coffee or hot chocolate from 3-7 p.m. Saturday.

 “We used to do a pancake feed around the fall festival, but when the fall festival went away, we partnered around an event that is going that we provide some food for the people that are coming to the parade,” Franklin said.

Prior to the pancake feed, the Boy Scouts went around the area to sell tickets for the annual event.

“We expect the crowd to pick up right before the parade starts,” Franklin said. “And certainly right after the parade, we will see a lot of business.”

During the pancake feed, the Boy Scouts were also selling tickets and also were busing and waiting tables. More than a dozen scouts helped out at the event.

To help out, members of the Methodist Men prepared the pancakes, sausage and made homemade hot chocolate on the stove.

Last year, Franklin said it seemed like they made about 700 pancakes.

“This year, I am hoping that we will serve 400 to 500 people,” Franklin said.

Franklin said some people would eat a few pancakes, while others might eat 10.

Taking a break from helping, Robert Miller, a Webelos Scout, ate some pancakes, and said they were great.

Neosho Daily News