When election day rolls around, Tompkins County residents get to vote for plain pancakes or blueberry pancakes at the annual Rotary Clubs election day pancake breakfast. The 40th annual pancake breakfast will be held at Ithaca's VFW hall on West State Street for the second straight year.
Plain and blueberry pancakes, eggs, hash browns, sausage, applesauce, juice, and coffee will be available from 7am until 7pm, cooked and served up by Rotarians and local politicians. You might find the mayor or a county representative pouring your coffee or clearing your plate, and don't be surprised if a police officer, business owner, or assemblyman is serving the eggs.
The Rotary Clubs use the event to raise funds for their student exchange program, bringing international students to our local high schools, and sending some of our own students to other countries. Lots of these students help throughout the day, so you may also have a chance to practice your high school Spanish, or even your Swedish.
The breakfast costs $8, payable at the door or tickets are available from Rotary members. The Ithaca VFW is at 423 West State Street. The event is now held at the VFW because the pancake breakfast's longtime home, the Women's Community Building, was demolished last year to make way for a new residential development