The Early Bird Gets… The Pancake?

On February 22, 2017, the CFFA/AgEd/PSA hosted its semester annual all-you-can-eat Pancake and Sausage breakfast. The breakfast was open to anyone who wanted to come and enjoy delicious all you can eat pancake, sausage, and biscuits and gravy breakfast. The members in the club host and run the breakfast at Western Illinois university, in Knoblauch hall 206, which is the kitchen on the second floor.

Their day starts off about an hour before the first hungry breakfast seeker arrives. They arrive at 6 a.m. to fire up the griddle and throw the sausage in the oven. Once they have got the food started the members start to get the dinning room ready for the customers, by  getting ice cold drinks ready, my favorite is the chocolate milk, and placing the syrup on the tables, and setting the silver wear and napkins out.


( Picture was taken by Jana Knupp)

Once the customers start to arrive around 7 a.m. they get to pick what they would like for breakfast. Most people say they want the full order which is 2 pancakes, 3 sausage links, and a nice order of biscuits and gravy. Now you may think a breakfast like that should be about $7-$8, but this lovely breakfast comes in right at $5. The best part about this breakfast is its all you can eat so if you’re still hungry after your first helping all you have to do is ask and they will run and grab you another plate of what ever you want.

The club served almost 100 people that day, which brought in about $500 for the club, a pretty successful fundraiser. All of the money brought in was profit thanks to the clubs sponsors Dot Foods who donated the pancakes and gravy and Prairie Farms who donated the drinks. The money that was made during the breakfast is used through out the year in a couple different areas the first is using it to fund different events like National PAS and Ag Olympics, the other way is that the money can be used to fund scholarships in the department.

Senior Logan Runyen says. “After helping out with this for my second year here, I would say it was really successful and we had a great turnout. I’m so glad that we are able to provide breakfast for the faculty as well as the students. This is one of my favorite things to help with every year!”


By: Abbi Smith


About me:

I come from Canton Illinois, where I live on a farm with my family. I have been attending Western Illinois University for the past four years. While being here I have been on the WIU Track and Field team. I am a part of CFFA/AgEd club.


One thought on “The Early Bird Gets… The Pancake?

  1. bnelso25

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post. I think it is really great how the clubs at WIU are so active, and that they provide opportunities like this for student’s to enjoy. I know a lot of hard work is put into putting on this event, and I can’t wait to see how this event continues to grow.


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