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Veterans Breakfast, Fire Fundraisers Scheduled
American Legion

Along with a Saturday morning breakfast put on by the American Legion in Escalon, there will be a Fill the Boot fund drive by the Escalon Fire Department and a Sunday morning breakfast fundraiser by the Farmington Fire Department, making for a busy weekend in the area.

First up, the Escalon American Legion (Gustafson-Thompson) and Legion Riders Post – Chapter 263 will host an Armed Forces Day breakfast on Saturday, May 20 at the Escalon Masonic Hall, 1500 Viking St., Escalon. All active duty Armed Forces personnel will be provided breakfast at no charge. Hours for breakfast are 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children under 10. The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, linguica, fruit cup, milk, juice and coffee. On both days, Saturday and Sunday, look for members of the Escalon Fire Department to be out in force at the main intersection in town, where Highway 120, McHenry Avenue and Escalon-Bellota converge. Firefighters will have their turnout boots and will be seeking donations from motorists to help support the Firefighters Burn Institute in Sacramento. When drivers make a donation, they are given a flier to place on their dashboard so they aren’t asked for another donation the next time they come through the intersection.

Firefighters will work the Fill the Boot drive both days, May 20 and 21, from roughly 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., fire officials said.

A tradition for years, the Farmington Fire Department will host its annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 21. Hours for the breakfast are 7 a.m. to noon and the event will be staged at the Farmington firehouse, corner of Highway 4 and Escalon-Bellota Road.

All you can eat, tickets are just $5 for adults and $3 for children. Breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, ham, scrambled eggs, orange juice, coffee and milk. Join in for fun, great food and the chance to bid on some silent auction items. All proceeds benefit the Farmington Fire Department Volunteers equipment and scholarship funds.

This year, said Chief Conni Bailey, the department isn’t able to host its traditional raffle associated with the breakfast but is instead planning to do a silent auction and also possibly have some items for sale at the event.

The department is looking for items to put in the silent auction and Bailey said they have sent out letters to local businesses seeking donations of suitable auction items or monetary donations. All contributions are tax-deductible as the department is a non-profit organization.

She said all are encouraged to come out and support the local volunteer firefighters and enjoy the breakfast, which is prepared and served by fire department members.