ESCANABA - The annual Escanaba Noon Kiwanis Home & Garden Show and Pancake Days begins tonight in the Ruth Butler Exhibition Building at the U.P. State Fairgrounds.
The show is open tonight from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parking and entry to the show are free. Tickets for the pancake feed are $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children under 6.
The Escanaba Noon Kiwanis started Pancake Days more than 55 years ago. In the early days, Pancake Days was sponsored by Aunt Jemima pancake mix, with the company sending Aunt Jemima to their event. It wasn't until later that Escanaba Noon Kiwanis added the home and garden show portion to their event.
Proceeds from Pancake Days benefit many local community and youth organizations, such as children's sports teams, youth service clubs at the junior and senior high school level, and other community needs with an emphasis on helping young children, youth, and senior citizens.
More than 65 vendors are expected to participate in this year's home and garden show, promoting a variety of home and garden products and services.
This year DTE is sponsoring grilling demonstrations by Tommy Fitzgerald, owner of Cafe Stella in Grand Rapids, throughout the three-day event.
DTE will give the grill away to one lucky person at the end of the show.
New to the home and garden show this year are master gardener demonstrations on how to have the perfect garden by the Michigan State University Extension service.
A more detailed schedule that includes times for both the grilling and master gardener schedule demonstrations will be available at the event.