On a crisp Sunday morning, June 19, Hwy. 601 W was crowded with cars on both sides in the vicinity of the Pilot Knob Social Centre as over 300 people came out with their families to attend the 11th annual Fathers’ Day pancake breakfast.
People sat along picnic benches and inside the tent that had been set up to enjoy a delicious breakfast with their families and friends.
There were others sitting inside the school building to shield themselves from the cold gusty winds that had started by morning on Sunday.
“We had a record attendance of 302 people attend the breakfast this year and we netted approximately $2,100 in profit, which was once again the most we have ever raised,” said Crystal Friars, treasurer at the Pilot Knob Social Centre. “The funds that we usually collect at the breakfast are used to restore the school to one of its former incarnations.”
A community hub for years, the Pilot Knob Social Centre was the local school from from 1908 to 1945. However, in 1951,
the community decided that the school should be used for social events such as parties, ball games and dances, according
Friars added that in 2015 windows were reinstalled and they are now working on renovating the interior of the building to make it once again a hub for cultural activities.
“During the 2000s, a lack of interest in the building and its events forced the committee to look at dissolving the group and tearing the building down,” added Friars. “It was at that time that community members came to a decision to revive the social centre and organize fundraising events to maintain the facility, which gave birth to the Fathers’ Day pancake breakfast that we have now for the past decade.”