2012 Fayetteville Fire Department pancake breakfast set for Oct. 13

Fire Chief Braden Flood cooks pancakes during the 2011 Fayetteville Fire Department pancake breakfast.

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The Fayetteville Fire Department will host its annual pancake breakfast this Saturday, Oct. 13 in downtown Fayetteville.

The breakfast runs from 5-11 a.m. inside Fire Station No. 1, located at 303 W. Center St. between School and Locust streets.

Residents gather for the 2011 pancake breakfast event.

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Advance tickets are $4, and are on sale at the station, or $5 at the door the day of the event.

During the event, firefighters will conduct fire escape drill demonstrations and will lead tours of fire trucks parked near the station.

Also this year, the city’s Parks and Recreation division, along with the Urban Forestry Advisory Board, will give away free trees to Fayetteville residents during the pancake breakfast and in front of the Fayetteville Town Center on the downtown square.

The annual pancake breakfast event began more than 30 years ago in observation of fire prevention week, and as a fundraiser for the station’s resident dalmatian, Sparky. While there’s no dog at the station these days, Battalion Chief Mauro Campos said funds raised at the event now go toward the department’s annual banquet and service awards event, and helps provide gifts for retiring firefighters.

For more information, call the fire department’s non-emergency line at 479-575-8365.