The rain didn't stop people from pouring into Secrest Auditorium for a stack of flapjacks.
For 51 years, Sertoma Pancake Day has been a family tradition in Zanesville. About 6,000 people were expected to eat 51 cases of pancake mix and 1,800 pounds of sausage. Trenda Ribble and Sandra Rosenberger brought their 91-year-old mother with them to spend some quality time together.
"My mother's uncle was in this big-time, and we have been here ever since he served and cooked," said Ribble.
Students are known to skip school, and bosses buy tickets for their employees, but not everyone is a regular at pancake day. Kimberly Bolyard was shocked when she found out that the event raises about $20,000 for local charities.
"It's just wonderful how people still support things as bad as the economy is," said Bolyard. "Five dollars is nothing to some people, but to others it's a lot - it buys a loaf of bread or a pound of bologna for them to get through the week."
Almost 300 volunteers mixed, flipped and served the pancakes starting at 6 AM.