by Chris Studor
Ready for pancakes and that famous Buzzard Day Sausage?
For all those attending the event this year, there are two very important things to know so you don’t miss the 67th Annual Buzzard Sunday celebration.The first is that due to St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, Buzzard Sunday will instead be held this year on Sunday, March 24.
Additionally, the location of the annual Pancake Breakfast has been changed from the new Hinckley Elementary School on Ridge Rd. to the former Hinckley Elementary School on state Rt. 303 .
Hinckley Chamber of Commerce President Melinda Swan said bringing back the pancake breakfast to the location of the former Hinckley Elementary School building, which currently houses the Hinckley Preparatory Academy, will allow guest to take a short walk, rather than a shuttle, to town hall for crafts, games, activities and the annual pet show.
Swan said the decision to push Buzzard Sunday forward to March 24 also eliminates possible conflicts with St. Patrick’s Day activities.
“For the breakfast, we will be setting up pancake grills in tents just outside the kitchen’s back door to cook since the school’s grills were removed,” she said. “We have used the cooking tents the past couple years and they have worked out well.”
Swan also noted the long hallways in the Hinckley Preparatory Academy will allow guests to line up and stay warm and receive their breakfast from warming dishes inside so people don’t have to wait outside in unpredictable March weather.
Pancake breakfast tickets remain the same – all you can eat $15 for adults and $10 for children under 10 years old. Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Once again, there will be a pre-sale for the famous Buzzard Sausage. Look for ordering details in the March issue of The Hinckley Record.
This year’s Buzzard Day activities will include a vendor sale in the Hinckley Preparatory Academy gymnasium; arts and crafts fair in the school; tours of the Hinckley Historical Society museum; a live buzzard at the Brongers Park Pavilion, next to town hall parking lot; Improvaneers entertainment: and a pet show. Pet owners are not required to pre-register their pet to enter the contest. Instead, thry can just bring them along for the fun.
Swan said a time schedule for all activities also will be posted in the next edition of The Hinckley Record.
There is still time to be a sponsor at the Soaring and Wingspan levels. Snagging up the Top Branch sponsorships are Amanda Pfahl State Farm, Western Reserve Plumbing, Valleaire Golf Club and Precision Dental Group. Those who would like to volunteer and/or be a sponsor can visit the Hinckley Chamber of Commerce website at hinckleyohchamber.com or call 330-299-9720. All calls go directly to voice mail so callers are asked to leave their name and phone number to receive a callback. ∞
Photo (above): Getting a close-up peek at live buzzards is always a highlight of Buzzard Day. Photo