WORTHINGTON — Jay Larson has been the chair of the King Turkey Day pancake breakfast for just a couple of years, but his involvement has always been inevitable.
After all, his father served coffee at the breakfast for years.
"The pancake breakfast is one of the oldest traditions of Turkey Day," Larson said.
In order to use the momentum built up during the decades this yearly custom has been part of King Turkey Day, Larson needs more volunteers to join the ranks. The current (and perennial) staff is beginning to age out, and Larson called for younger generations to contribute their time and effort to the community meal.
"We won't turn anyone away," he added, noting that long-term help is needed in particular.
Although the breakfast begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Larson said he usually gets to the fire hall around 5:30 a.m. to finish preparations. After the breakfast ends at noon, there's enough cleanup work for him to typically misses the parade.
With more hands, Larson said, the whole process would go faster.
Prior to the Saturday breakfast, tables and chairs must be set up at the fire station. Larson explained that Worthington Public Works lends trash cans to the event, which are turned upside down and topped with 2 x 12 boards for makeshift tables. Both assembly and take-down require labor, and Larson said these are areas where he could use the most help.
Larson works the pancake breakfast along with his wife, Dana, and their children. The family loves working together for their community.
Larson also acknowledges the various community organizations and businesses that have contributed to the event, including Worthington Hy-Vee, the Nobles County Dairy Association and the Worthington Fire Department.
"I've got to give a lot of credit to the Chamber," he added. The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau has done a lot of the preparation work to make the event possible.
Larson also pointed out that the pancake breakfast is not a fundraiser. It's free to the public — "and it always will be," he noted.
Anyone who would like to volunteer may contact the Chamber at 372-2919.