Cool weather puts people in the mood for hot pancakes, Albert Volunteer Fire Chief Charles Keller said. He’s a man who knows what he’s talking about. Hundreds turned out Saturday evening for the annual Albert Volunteer Firefighters Pancake Feed and Raffle. Each year for 27 years, the town of about 175 population located in southwest Barton County swells to over 600 as people from the surrounding area come for all-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage and the chance to win their share of $100s in prizes donated by area businesses and individuals.
“We have many great supporters, so we’ve kept the price the same over the years,” Keller said. For $5 a person, the line was often out the door of the volunteer fire department’s building.
Proceeds from the pancake feed and raffle help ensure the volunteer agency is able to buy new and needed equipment each year. Much of the equipment was parked on Main Street, shined and ready for display, including several bright red trucks. This year, the proceeds are going to pay for a newly purchased jaws-of-life, Keller said.