The only thing better than fluffy pancakes for breakfast is fluffy pancakes someone else made for you.

That come with a pancake decorating station.

And no mess to clean up afterward.

Thank the syrup for Grand Junction Kiwanis Pancake Day and Fun Fest from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 1, at Two Rivers Convention Center at First and Main streets.

A $6 ticket gets one adult and one child into this all-you-can-eat breakfast heaven in its 52nd year and organized by the Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction.

It used to be held on Fridays, catching folks with warm pancakes in the morning hours before work, said Erick Field, the Kiwanian is heading up Pancake Day this year.

It moved to Saturday about five years ago and little by little has become more than breakfast — they also cook up ham, scrambled eggs and eggs with peppers and onion.

There is now a fun fest side to the event with booths created by about 20 different area nonprofits, each offering a fun game for children.

This creates plenty of activities to keep kids busy during the breakfast while allowing nonprofits to build awareness about their services for kids and families, something that fits right in with Kiwanis' focus as a service organization helping children, Field said.

As kids visit each booth, they can collect stamps or initials on a card that can then be turned in for a free ticket to a Grand Junction Rockies game, he said.

Along with the booths and games inside the convention center, there will be emergency vehicles outside for children to look through along with a bump 'n' jump, he said.

Outside also is where the club's three large, circular griddles can be found with members flipping those delicious pancakes.

While eating breakfast, there will be live music and entertainment to enjoy and perhaps an Alpine Bank Junior College World Series team or two to spot.

Any teams still in town this weekend were given free tickets to Pancake Day, Field said.

And don't forget the pancake decorating station, which was a big hit last year, and is sure to be popular again, he said.

There likely will be whipping cream and chocolate syrup among the many decorating options, but sprinkles ...sorry. "I think Two Rivers tries to keep us from the sprinkles," Field said.

And after you get your fill, you can venture off into the Grand Valley in pursuit of other entertainment.

Some options include:

■ Mike the Headless Chicken Days in Fruita (see page 8).

■ Western Colorado Shrine Circus at the Mesa County Fairgrounds (see page 4).

■ "Young Frankenstein" in Montrose (see On Stage on page 3).

■ A band or concert (see Music Scene on page 3).

■ A dance recital and much more (see the Entertainment Calendar on page 8).

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