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Pancakes and other tasty breakfast foods help hundreds of Wagon Days fans gear up for the festivities over the weekend. This year, the Papoose Club’s Pancake Breakfast events are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday mornings in Ketchum Town Square.

A community tradition since 1977, the Papoose Club’s Pancake Breakfast is the best way to get things started on Wagon Days weekend.

The event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, in Ketchum Town Square from 8 a.m. to noon, with a full plate of pancakes, sausage and eggs. Cost is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and youths. Kids 3 and under can eat for free.

People get more than a breakfast when they join the event. It’s a time to socialize with other festival participants, some of whom have been attending for decades. Participants can watch notable locals flip pancakes and plan the day ahead.

The nonprofit Papoose Club was founded by a group of socially minded moms in 1954. The volunteer organization supports youth-oriented groups in the Wood River Valley through fundraising activities and community events.

Each year, the organization raises tens of thousands of dollars, half coming from the Pancake Breakfast. The reason for its success is that more than 1,000 people (and about 100 volunteers) show up for it.

“We make it possible for kids of the Wood River Valley to grow up with access to a wide variety of activities,” the Papoose Club website states. “The Club’s mission is to support cultural, social educational and athletic activities for the children in the Wood River Valley.”

The Papoose Club supports about 20 local organizations, including Girls on the Run of the Wood River Valley, Rotarun Ski Area, the Sawtooth Botanical Garden Bug Zoo, St. Thomas Playhouse, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts/Company of Fools, Syringa Mountain School, The Community Library children’s library, The Hunger Coalition, The Spot and the Wood River Land Trust Student Conservation Council.

For more information about the organization or to make a donation, go to papooseclub.org.

Email the writer: tevans@mtexpress.com

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