A golf cart towing a trailer bed full of pancakes rushed up to one of two tables behind the Sugar Cane Festival Building in City Park on Thursday evening. A swarm of Kiwanis Club members from New Iberia Senior High descended on the cargo, grabbing bags of the plated pancakes and rushing them onto the table.
“Alright, we’re gonna set up the second table with the next batch of product when it arrives,” said Eric Armentor, a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club, commanding the NISH students.
It was just after 4 p.m., and already, as far as one could see, cars and trucks snaked through the whole of City Park, waiting for the 60th annual Kiwanis Club Pancake Supper to begin.
Scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m., Armentor began selling the first plates about ten minutes early, the line building and building. Drivers began inching forward for the $6 plates of pancakes and sausage.
An ATV towing another load of pancakes arrived, which Armentor directed to the second table.
“Again, we want to be courteous. Make sure you tell them ‘thank you for coming,’” Armentor instructed the students.
Across the park, in the Cyr-Gates Community Center, tables were filling up for the dine-in only, all-you-can-eat option. Beau Beaullieu dotted a swath of griddle with pancake batter. Perry Segura flipped and then stacked the cakes. An army of high school students packed them into boxes and plates nearby.
Kiwanis Club Chairman Carl LeBlanc said members had been preparing for the event all week. It is the club’s primary fundraiser, which helps the club provide coeducation youth service programming throughout the year.
LeBlanc said they printed about 7,000 tickets for the event. Patrons were able to buy plate on site without a ticket as well. With the line of cars extending through the park and the community center thrumming with visitors, they likely far exceeded that.
“I’ve been to many pancake suppers. It’s always a great turnout,” LeBlanc said. “This is how we fund our scholarships, our quiz bowl, all of it.”