Community cruises for a cause at Hull Park
Community members, car enthusiasts and charitable-minded folks of all ages gathered at Hull Park on Sunday, July 24, to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Kiwanis of Sandy Pancake Breakfast and Cruise-In.
Starting at 7 a.m., the Kiwanians flipped flapjacks, facilitated a car show and raised funds for community programs at Hull Park, alongside volunteers from several other community organizations. By 10 a.m. nearly 500 people had come through to chow down on breakfast, and the club actually began to run out of food around 10:30 a.m.
"I would say it's been a large success (for it being the first year completely back)," said Kiwanis President Cole Pritchard. "On the breakfast side, we've had a lot more community members here. In 2019, the people at the breakfast were predominantly car show folks."
In 2020, the club attempted to host a no-contact cruise-in and cruise-out event, which included professional photos and prizes for participants. In 2021, the event returned to Hull Park, but did not include the communal breakfast.
This year's event most resembled the event that people have long known and loved, as it was pre-pandemic. While the fly-in aspect of the event has long since been discontinued, the cruise-in lives on and many came out on Sunday to enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes (gluten-free and gluten-full), eggs to order, ham, coffee and juice, all for $8.
The car show portion of the event included 15 different classes for judging and an array of different makes, models, vintages and colors of vehicles.
Proceeds from the event go to fund community programs organized by Kiwanians throughout the year, including scholarships for Sandy High graduates, the club's annual Easter egg hunt and a reading programs for local schools.
"It is a wonderful sight to see people coming out that are just part of the community," Pritchard added. "I'm looking forward to actually growing the event back to what it used to be, then more from there."
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