Join the flock for Buzzard Sunday

by Chris Studor

Fans are circling like buzzards as the countdown begins for the 66th Annual Buzzard Day Celebration, March 19, at the new Hinckley Elementary School, 1157 Ridge Rd. In keeping with tradition, the annual pancake breakfast will take place from 7 a.m.-2 p.m., with vendors in the school gymnasium, the Buzzard Buzz Carnival at the former fire station bay area at Town Hall, a live buzzard display and entry to the Hinckley Historical Society museum.

Tickets for the pancake breakfast, which features unlimited pancakes, are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 10 this year. New this year is a prepay option for breakfast tickets which will allow a more expedient entry. Pre-sale sausage is $40 per 5-pound box and orders must be in by March 10. Buzzard Day sausage is made exclusively for the event by Five Star Meats in Cleveland and is part of the Buzzard Day fundraiser. For pancake breakfast pre-pay tickets and sausage orders go to the Hinckley Chamber of Commerce everything buzzard website at

Admission to the craft fair at the school gymnasium is free as well as to the Buzzard Buzz Carnival. Buzz Carnival hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Free shuttles and free parking will be available throughout the event. Pickup and dropoff locations include: the former Hinckley Elementary School, 1585 Center Rd.; Town Hall, 1410 Ridge Rd.; and Coco Café, 1296 Ridge Rd. Look for Mr. Formal Transportation sign on the shuttles. One shuttle can accommodate wheelchairs. Additional parking is available at Precision Dental, Hinckley Historical Society and the Hinckley Ridge Plaza.

Other events include live buzzards on display at Bronger’s Park Pavillion from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Outback Ray’s exotic animals, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; the Improvaneers, noon-12:45 p.m.; pet contests, 1:15-1:45 p.m. In addition, Accel Charter School, located at the former Hinckley Elementary School, will also be on hand to provide information on the charter school and take enrollment for fall 2023.

Chamber of Commerce President Melinda Swan said she is excited for this year’s new attractions.

“This event has attracted the attention of such media as the Washington Post, the Today Show and Inside Edition, to name few,” she said, noting that proceeds from the events benefit the Hinckley Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund. ∞