CHATHAM TWP. — After a month of preparation to feed thousands of people, Norman Bistline, of Chatham Township, got to see his work pay off Saturday afternoon.
Bistline, post commander for Chatham Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6892, volunteers his time and his stone mill to grind enough grain to make 2,000 pounds of pancake mix for the 50th annual Sugar Bush — an all-you-can-eat, month-long pancake event hosted by the VFW.
The event features local food — Bistline buys grain from a store in the community, and the maple syrup comes from a local Amish community, he said.
Saturday marked the beginning of the event, noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays during March. It is the primary fundraiser for the VFW post, which uses the money for operating costs and to donate to local organizations, Bistline said.
More than 1,200 people attended Saturday and Sunday, said Jeff Klaehn, VFW quartermaster.
Bistline has 1,000 pounds of grinding and making pancake mix left to go to be able to feed people throughout the month.
Loretta Arters and her husband, Bob, remember the days when not only the syrup was homemade, but the sausage was, too.
The Arters and Arlene Grim, all of Chatham Township, are the only three people who have attended the event every year since it started in 1962, Klaehn said.
The event is at Chatham VFW post 6892, 6299 Avon Lake Road, Chatham Township.
The cost is $6.50 for adults, $3.50 for children 12 and younger, and $6 for adults 60 and older.
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