This is absolutely, positively heartbreaking news.

The COVID epidemic has claimed another victim. We've lost the in-person version of the Lubbock Lions Club Pancake Festival. Let's get right to the statement from the Lions event page:

This year instead of attending the 69th Annual Pancake Festival in person we will host a Virtual Event due to the health and safety concerns regarding the covid pandemic. We will host Pancakes@Home which is an opportunity for families to eat pancakes at home, take pictures, and then post on the Lubbock Lions Club Pancakes@Home Facebook Event Page on Saturday, February 20, during the hours of 7 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

I have been on the first shift of pancake flippers for well over a decade, and maybe two. It's one of the few times that I feel connected to the entire Lubbock community and not just my friends and rockers.

I love the idea the Lions proposed, but I'm begging the guys: why not just do it in six months? We talked to a spokesman with the Lubbock Lions Club this morning and they said a number of things were discussed, including a possible postponement and delivery, but they decided the virtual event was the best way to go.

This event doesn't just raise money for all of the Lubbock Lion's charities, it also builds the community. We encourage you to be a part of the virtual event and donate to the Lubbock Lions Club. We're going to miss that delicious, amazing smell of the pancakes filling the Lubbock Civic Center, but the safety of our community and our Lions has to come first.

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