It's time for pancakes!
On Sunday the alluring scent of syrup and sausage will fill the halls of the downtown fire station as the department hosts its 29th annual pancake breakfast.
The event, a longstanding tradition, is a joint effort by TVF&R and the Newberg Volunteer Firefighter Association. Stefan Myers, public information officer for TVF&R, said he looks forward to the event every year.
"This is people coming together who are working within the fire station and those who volunteer to help support community safety," he said. "We put on a good event with great food and it goes to a good cause."
Myers noted that the prices – $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for kids 6-12 and free for kids under age 6 – make it an accessible event for families in the community. It also allows those families to learn more about local fire personnel and immerse themselves in the history of the local fire station.
Organizers make an effort to support local businesses in the process, as well.
"A lot of our ingredients for this come from local sources," Myers said. "Whether it's our syrups from a local company or our sausage, or working with a local grocer, we try to keep the quality high and the ingredients local."
Gluten-free pancakes will be an option for the first time this year as well, Myers added.
In addition to raising money for an important cause in Toy and Joy, the breakfast functions as a coming together of sorts for local firefighters and the people they serve.
"We still have a lot of the Newberg fire volunteers who come out and help with the event, of which we are really appreciative," Myers said. "This is just a great opportunity to come down to the fire station and meet those who are making our community safer."
Seeing tax dollars at work can be gratifying for a lot of folks, he said, adding that while the primary objective of the event is to raise as much money as possible – 100 percent of which goes to Toy and Joy – an added benefit is having hundreds of community members come through the fire station and learn how they can make their homes safer.
It's hard, Myers said, to keep an event like this going for 29 years. To have the support of so many local businesses and community organizations has been a big help, but the real lifeblood of the pancake breakfast is the community – which he said has shown its support in droves over the past few years.
"These are important traditions that have been going for a long time," Myers said. "We're honored to continue them, but none of this would be possible without the hard work the Newberg fire and volunteers put into this event. At the end of the day, we just try to expose that next generation to the prestige and history of the fire service."
The pancake breakfast runs from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Newberg fire station is located at 414 E. Second St. For more information, call 503-259-1500 or visit www.tvfr.com.