Pancakes and sausage by the hundreds

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  • Erica Pennington/Beloit Daily News Turtle Fire Department Lieutenant Michael Kirchner flips pancakes during the 64th Annual Pancake Feed on Saturday morning. Kirchner has been working the event for more than 20 years.

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    Erica Pennington/Beloit Daily News Ezra Teal, 1, of Janesville, peeks over the table while picking away at his pancakes and sausage at the Town of Turtle Fire Department Pancake Feed on Saturday.

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    Erica Pennington/Beloit Daily News Tasty food and lots of friendly conversation was shared during the Town of Turtle Fire Department's 64th Annual Pancake Feed on Saturday morning.

  • Erica Pennington/Beloit Daily News Turtle Fire Department Lieutenant Michael Kirchner flips pancakes during the 64th Annual Pancake Feed on Saturday morning. Kirchner has been working the event for more than 20 years.

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    Erica Pennington/Beloit Daily News Ezra Teal, 1, of Janesville, peeks over the table while picking away at his pancakes and sausage at the Town of Turtle Fire Department Pancake Feed on Saturday.

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    Erica Pennington/Beloit Daily News Tasty food and lots of friendly conversation was shared during the Town of Turtle Fire Department's 64th Annual Pancake Feed on Saturday morning.

SHOPIERE - Delicious pancakes, whole-hog sausage and hot coffee: really, who could ask for more?

Stateline Area residents turned out in force to the Town of Turtle Fire Department's 64th Annual Pancake Feed on Saturday.

Dozens of volunteers were on hand to serve up the feast, as everyone helped to raise funds for the department while enjoying good company.

"I've been working at the pancake feed for over 20 years and have been flipping pancakes for over a decade," said Fire Department Lt. Michael Kirchner.

There were 2,004 people who walked in throughout the event at the Turtle Community Center.

"The response was awesome as always, and our operations couldn't continue without their support," said Fire Chief Jason Rowland.

Griddles were fired up early and pancake production didn't shut down until well into the afternoon.

"This is my first time coming to the event and I'm enjoying it," said Kayzia Teal, of Janesville, who brought her son Ezra for breakfast. "It's nice to support the community."

Rowland enjoyed spending the morning talking with residents and updating them on what the fire department is doing.

"It's so great that this area has a population of 2,000 people and we end up usually seeing 2,000 people here for breakfast...it means everything to us," he said.

The Town of Turtle Pancake Feed helps to raise funds that the department uses to purchase equipment.

Last year enough funds were raised to buy the department's UTV and accessories for which they had been saving.

"We really wanted to get the UTV to help us access accidents that might happen on I-90 during construction," Rowland said. "A fire truck can't fit down a narrow lane."

Crews have already been able to use the UTV for incidents, including a plane crash that happened at the Beloit Airport in August 2018.

Funds from the 2019 Pancake Feed are earmarked to help buy new extrication tools.

"Right now our extrication equipment is a bit older, so we want to update what we have to better work with cars of today," Rowland said.

While Rowland enjoyed his first Pancake feed as chief, former chief Tim Huffman, who retired from the department after 38 years, was on hand for support and to tell a story or two.

"It's really nice to see what he (Rowland) is doing with the department," Huffman said. "I miss everybody and still enjoy helping out - this is my family."

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