Rotary holding its annual ‘Mackinac Race’ pancake event this Saturday

Event raises thousands for various projects organized by service club

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For those who enjoy a hearty pancake breakfast and the site of hundreds of sailboats heading up the St. Clair River, this is the weekend of the year.

Yes, it’s Mackinac Race weekend, with Saturday morning being the highlight for the Rotary Club of Sarnia’s Pancake Breakfast that runs from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Point Edward’s Waterfront Park.

Many of the several hundred (or more) spectators will also line the banks of the St. Clair River for another annual tradition as nearly 200 teams \make their way to the starting point of a race that will finish near Mackinac Island.

It’s officially the 93rd Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race that is the source of all the excitement.

The pancake breakfast tradition is a longstanding one, with the $6 (adults) and $4 (children) entrance fee helping to fund various projects the Rotary Club takes on every year.

Also part of the weekend’s tradition is the Bridge Bash, organized by another service club, the Point Edward Optimists.

The Bridge Bash takes place both Friday and Saturday evenings, with ticketed concerts and a free family event taking place Saturday afternoon.

The event opens Friday at 6 p.m., with music starting at 8 p.m., featuring the lineup Scott Manery and the Barn Burners, and Hotel California, an Eagles tribute. Admission is $10.

Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m., there is no cover charge for a family day lineup that includes Miss Erin’s Girls, Crowned Sour, Grandma Moses and Chalk Line.

Carolyn Luciana, who has been the lead organizer of the Rotary Pancake Breakfast for the last few years, credits a committee that has made the project a fundraising mainstay.

Volunteers will be on site Friday for some of the set up and then before the sun rises on Saturday morning.

Besides the pancakes and sausages, locally sourced, there will be juice and coffee served.

Tents will be set up for visitors to use to stay out of the sun (or in the rare instances of rain).

There will also be a bike corral for cyclists to park, organized by Bluewater Trails.

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