An estimated 1,888 pancakes were served at the Panora community center Saturday morning during the Panora Chamber's annual Breakfast with Santa and Friends and Workshop event. Visiting with Santa at the community building in Panora on Saturday are (from left) Zoey Hambleton, Mia Waddle and Hallie Arganbright. Sky (left) and Tessa (right) Knapp dress up their pancakes with whip cream and sprinkles during Breakfast with Santa and Friends at the community building in Panora on Saturday, Dec. 2. An estimated 300 visitors enjoyed breakfast and participated in Santa's workshop with holiday crafts and activities in Vet's Auditorium.

Breakfast with Santa and Workshop, huge success for Panora community

Promise Santa as an invited guest to a party and it will be an overwhelming success. 

The Panora Chamber of Commerce held its annual Breakfast with Santa and Friends and Workshop on Saturday inside the community building and Vet’s Auditorium in Panora. 

Families were invited to eat pancakes, sit on Santa’s lap, make crafts and decorate cookies, and navigate through musical candy canes. 

“We need something really upbeat,” said Debbie Rockwell, a member of Women for Panora’s Future, who danced to the holiday jingles, and encouraged participants in the Candy Cane Walk. 

Lila Martinson climbed up on Santa’s lap and smiled for the camera. 

“Are you on the awesome list?,” Santa asked the young girl dressed in gold sparkles. 

Two-year-old Ellis Reinhart wasn’t as sure about the big guy in the red suit, keeping her distance and an eye on the jolly old fella. 

George and Judy Knapp with children Sky, Tessa, Connor and Bridgette loaded plates full of pancakes. 

Sky and Tessa dressed their hot cakes up with whip topping and sprinkles. 

“I think 1,440 by 10:00,” said Mike Ketelsen, who again this year volunteered to flip pancakes.  

He estimated another 450 of the fluffy cakes made it to plates, along with some tasty sausage, throughout the event. 

“Are you ready?” he asked, then tossed a few cakes in the air as a young boy got his plate ready to catch his breakfast. 

Inside the workshop, kids made Christmas ornaments and wrote letters to Santa. Volunteer Chris Hastings helped kids fill Christmas trees with sand. 

“What color do you need?” he said. “Let me help you.” 

The event continues to grow each year as organizers estimated over 300 attended this year’s breakfast and workshop. 

“Just a great event,” said chamber member Maureen Lubeck.

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