Pancakes

CHARLES TOWN – Citizens Fire Co.’s annual Pancake Day is set for March 5 at the fire hall just off W.Va. 115.

The daylong event is the Charles Town fire company’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

Firefighters will serve up thousands of pancakes to feed the hundreds of hungry community members expected to turn out between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Citizens, a fixture in Charles Town since 1884, holds the fundraiser every Shrove Tuesday, the final day before the start of Lent. That’s the day that many Christians begin 40 days of pre-Easter abstinence.

The custom for generations was to use up all the sugar, fats and eggs on hand so as to avoid temptation. For many households, large batches of pancakes the day before Ash Wednesday became a much-loved tradition.

At Citizens, Pancake Day will include not only pancakes but whole hog sausage. Some patrons will choose to top their pancakes with from-scratch sausage gravy while others will pick maple syrup or the apple butter made by the Shepherdstown Fire Department.

There’s also coffee and iced tea and a toppings bar with whipped cream, sprinkles and other kid-friendly items. Citizens also will serve eggs and orange juice until 11 a.m. The cost for the all-you-can-eat meal is $8 for adults, or $4 or young people ages 6 to 12. Younger kids eat for free. Carryout containers also will be available. Anyone who needs more information or directions to the fire company is invited to go online to citizensfirecompany.com or to call 304-728-6428.

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