Festival Fun

South Oldham Lions Club
to present Crestwood Fall Festival

Pancake breakfast comes
with plenty of entertainment

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CRESTWOOD, Ky. (September 2012) – John Young is used to handling different catering events. But when he saw someone flipping pancakes at lightening speed, he decided this was the franchise he needed to explore.
For the last three and a half years, Young has managed Chris Cakes Pancake Catering from his home in Jeffersonville, Ind. He owns a custom designed griddle that was “especially made to flip 52 pancakes in three minutes. I can feed 250 people within an hour,” said Young.
“I use my own mix, which is stone ground and multigrain,” he said. Young can even make up different shapes to have on display, such as The Simpsons, cats, dogs and bears.

John Young with Cheri Daniels

Photo provided

John Young has set a Guinness
World Record for his pancake
tossing. He was helped at the
Indiana State Fair by Indiana
First Lady Cheri Daniels.

So adept is Young at flipping griddlecakes, that he holds the Guinness World Record for the highest tossed pancake. He even received a call from the Rachel Ray show to take part in a pancake episode, but the idea was cancelled before the episode was filmed.
Young usually participates in indoor events, such as church or school functions, but he will be serving up pancakes for the second year at the outdoor Crestwood Fall Festival. “It’s good, clean fun. I enjoy doing it. There are not too many family oriented things such as this.”
Individuals can sample Chris Cakes’ $5 all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at the Crestwood Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 8. Breakfast will be available from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The free festival runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at The Maples in Crestwood.
The festival is sponsored by the South Oldham Lions Club, and net proceeds from the breakfast go to the club for their various community works. Parking on site is available for a $5 donation to the Lions Club, which will be collected at the gate.
“This is an event right in many peoples backyard,” said Dell Courtney, coordinator for the Crestwood Fall Festival. “The South Oldham Lions Club has been in existence for over 60 years, and it is a fundraiser for their charitable projects.”
This annual event lets “more people know about the Lions Club and what they do. It may encourage others to join or support the club,” said Courtney.
A six-member committee plans this event, which taken place in “the heart of Crest-wood,” for the last three years, said Crestwood Fall Festival Chairman Koss Kinser. Orga-nizers hope to kick off the festival with a salute to the South Oldham Little League ball teams.
The daylong activities and displays will include the Antique Iron Club, new car displays, health screenings, Civil War encampments, restored antique military equipment, local business and nonprofit vendors, arts and crafts, food vendors, political booths, a Dunking Tank, face painting, old fashioned games and races, and inflatables.
“We hope to have a train ride for kids this year,” said Kinser. Norton Brownsboro Hospital and Kosair Children’s Medical Center are sponsoring the children’s activities.
Kinser said the Lions Club will be conducting a 50/50 raffle. “Only 1,000 tickets will be sold, at $10 each,” Kinser said. The pot will be split, determined by the number of ticket sales with a maximum payout of $5,000.
An addition to the festival for 2012 is a Pet Park and Blessing of the Animals, which will be coordinated by St. James Episcopal Church in Pewee Valley. Also on hand will be a fire engine display of modern and antique equipment, historical displays form area communities, a Seniors’ Rest Tent and sports car displays.
Entertainment throughout the day will be provided by The Taylorsville 5 with Nick Nichols, Oldham County Singers, Drs. Ellis and Milton, Six Guns Entertainment, The Ladies for Liberty, Hog Operation and The Monarchs.
The latter two bands are popular in the local area, having performed at many festivals, private parties and special events. Hog Operation will play from 3-5 p.m. The band plays a style of supercharged bluegrass music relying on traditional instruments such as guitar, banjo, bass, fiddle and mandolin.
The Monarchs are celebrating 50 years together and have appeared in concert with such nationally known performers as Del Shannon, the Beach Boys, Glen Campbell and Bo Diddley. Former Louisville Mayor Jerry E. Abramson has labeled them “Louisville’s Musical Ambassadors.” They will take the stage from 5:30-7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for the musical entertainment.

• For more information please contact Festival Chairman Koss Kinser at (502) 241-9456 or Dell Courtney at (502) 387-4412

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