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A tradition that is both a fundraiser and a way to celebrate a unique piece of history for Vigo County has turned 31.

Young and old waited in the snow at Fowler Park in a line that ran to the street all for a stack of warm and fluffy pancakes.

“We just like to get out. It is a big community event so it is really nice. I mean you are paying and giving back to the community,” says Kaly Wolfe, Pancake Breakfast Attendee.

“Every dollar that is spent on the pancake breakfast today goes immediately back into the parks department. So we use that to build play grounds, build trails, anything to improve the parks,” Kara Kish, Vigo County Parks Dept. Superintendent.

It may be a pancake breakfast but the star of the show is the maple syrup.

“It is the celebration of the maple syrup that we produce. Right now everyone that is here at this breakfast can go directly down to Prairie Creek Park and see the maple syrup being made,” says Kish.

Some families, like Kaly Wolfe’s, Call the event a tradition and use it as a learning opportunity for their children.
 
“It is a nice feel for what used to be and they get to learn something. It is almost like a history lesson in itself.”

Kish says every year the event welcomes new faces along with those who have been around since the first flapjack flipped. “We have multi generations that are bringing their children to this event, or bringing their children to see the same maple syrup production that they have.”
    

After the breakfast is done typically people will walk through Fowler Park’s Pioneer Village, but this year, one cabin was missing.
Cochran Cabin burned down during pioneer days this past fall.
The parks department has a plan for how they will keep history alive and fill the empty space.
They are moving another historic cabin from the region and reconstructing it to take the place of Cochran Cabin.
It is expected to be done by this year’s Pioneer Days.
 

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