Waffle breakfast at Snowflake Days draws more than 1,000 people

More than 1,000 tickets were sold for the all-you-can-eat waffle breakfast hosted by the Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club at the Coon Rapids VFW Sunday morning.

Dick Coon (left), Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club member, serves sausages to Jim Kongrick.

Dick Coon (left), Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club member, serves sausages to Jim Kongrick.

The event was part of the Coon Rapids Snowflake Days 50th anniversary celebration with proceeds benefiting Coon Rapids youth organizations.

They included Coon Rapids youth hockey, Coon Rapids High School Nordic ski team, Coon Rapids High School Senior All Night Party, Coon Rapids Junior Royalty, Coon Rapids Teen Center and Coon Rapids Athletic Association.

Members of those organizations sold tickets for the event, while staff and kids from the Coon Rapids Teen Center and 2013 Coon Rapids Junior Royalty and 2014 candidates worked the breakfast.

In addition, Miss Coon Rapids Kayla Brown and Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen Brianna Smith joined Lions club members in making and serving the waffles.

The breakfast also came with sausages, waffle toppings, juice and coffee.

The Lions club had 14 waffle makers set up for the breakfast from its supply of more than 20, according to John Leggate, who chaired the event for the Lions club.

This is one of 14 or 15 waffle breakfasts that the Lions club puts on each year to raise money for Coon Rapids community organizations, Leggate said.

Apart from the cost of the food, every penny goes back to the community, he said.

“That’s what is so good about it,” Leggate said. “We give back to the Coon Rapids community.”

The club has been serving the breakfasts for the past five years and after some experimentation, it created its own recipe for the waffles, Leggate said.

But the club also takes its waffle makers on the road to support good causes outside of Coon Rapids.

According to Leggate, club members will be traveling to Owatonna in two weeks to serve a waffle breakfast as a fundraiser for a Christian radio station in that community.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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