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  • Writer's pictureJoe Lyons

Ashland Fire Department Hosts 51st Annual Pancake Day Fundraiser

Ashland Fire Department Hosts 51st Annual Pancake Day Fundraiser


The aroma of freshly cooked pancakes filled the air as the Ashland Fire Department welcomed the community to its 51st annual Pancake Day fundraiser. With a tradition spanning over half a century, the event drew crowds from far and wide, eager to indulge in delicious breakfast fare while supporting a worthy cause.


The lines snaking out of the firehouse and onto the road spoke volumes about the popularity of the event, with attendees eagerly awaiting their turn to savor the renowned pancakes prepared by the dedicated firefighters. Among the honored guests were Ashland Mayor Matt Miller and his wife, State Representative Melanie Miller, who have faithfully attended the fundraiser for the past 15 years, showcasing their unwavering support for the fire department and the community.


However, this year's Pancake Day held special significance as it marked the farewell of veteran firefighter Steve Cellar. With 25 years of dedicated service to the Ashland Fire Division, Cellar is set to retire next month, making this Pancake Day his final one. A touching sign above the cooking area acknowledged Cellar's impending retirement, serving as a reminder of his invaluable contribution to the department over the years.


Corey Sprang, a firefighter/EMT, expressed heartfelt gratitude for the overwhelming support received from the community and generous vendors. This year's Pancake Day saw a staggering turnout of 1,061 visitors, helping the fire department raise an impressive $12,375.32 for local charities. This year, the firefighters spared no effort in ensuring a memorable experience for attendees, procuring 400 pounds of pancake mix, 450 pounds of sausage, 5,000 packets of butter, 42 gallons of syrup, as well as other essentials like coffee and milk.


The success of the fundraiser wouldn't have been possible without the support of various businesses that generously donated to the cause. Tractor Supply Company, Farm and Home Hardware, Home Depot, Buckeye Express Car Wash, Miller-Hawkins Market, Aerohio Skydiving, and Ashley’s Candy & Nut Shoppe were among the businesses recognized for their contributions, further highlighting the spirit of community solidarity and collaboration that defines the Pancake Day tradition in Ashland.


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