Pancakes and Politics

November 7, 2000 by Mark H. Anbinder

Ithaca, 7 Nov -- If there's one thing that can get the three Rotary Clubs in Tompkins County to cooperate, it's pancakes. That's the tradition on election day, when for 27 years the Rotary Pancake Breakfast has been a fixture in downtown Ithaca. Today, Rich Farr, a Tompkins County Trust Company employee and the chairman of the all-day pancake gathering, expects to serve about eighteen-hundred meals of pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, and potatoes, between 7 am and 7 pm.

"We raise funds for the Rotary student exchange program," says Farr, "which puts international students in our local high schools, and also sends some of our high school students to other countries."

Do the crowds help predict who's going to win a local or national race? Farr says, "I think pancakes know no politics. Neither do sausage or eggs. At least not particularly presidential politics. Dietary politics, perhaps!"

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