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Sunny Sunday Morning For Flipping Flapjacks
Farmington Fire Chief Conni Bailey, left, adds eggs to the platter while Luis Estrada works on the ham slices and Christian May, at right, waits for the plate of eggs to serve to diners.Times Photos By Marg Jackson

Diners by the dozens turned out for Sunday’s annual Farmington Fire Department fundraising pancake breakfast.

Cooks served up literally thousands of pancakes, while the menu also featured scrambled eggs, ham slices and coffee and juice.

Along with the hearty meal, there was the opportunity to purchase tickets for a variety of raffle items and there was also an auction for some of the larger items, including trees and shrubs.

Cooking up the pancakes were Barry Hickerson and Kristine Kalebaugh, while Matt Bailey kept the coffee brewing in the vintage Farmer Brothers coffee maker and also mixed up the pancake batter to keep it ready for the griddle.

The crew inside the kitchen working on the eggs included Fire Chief Conni Bailey and Stephen Mendez, with Luis Estrada cooking up the ham slices. Several other volunteers kept the chow line moving, serving diners.

“We always plan for a thousand,” said Chief Bailey of hosting the mid-May pancake breakfast. “We usually get between 750 and 850 people.”

At mid-morning, the line was out the door of the firehouse as diners made their way to the station at the corner of Escalon-Bellota Road and Highway 4.

“We don’t realize how many we’ve served until the end, when we get a look at the tickets,” Bailey added.

All proceeds from the breakfast help support the volunteer fire department.