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Pancake Jubilee returns to the Temple

Feb. 23—Members of the Downtown Meridian Optimist Club lit their hot plates and donned their aprons Tuesday for the 75th annual Pancake Jubilee.

This year’s Jubilee returned to its usual place in the Temple Theater ballroom after the organization was forced to switch to a drive-in event in 2021 due to COVID-19.

At the annual event, members of the Optimist Club prepare pancakes, sausages and lots of syrup for residents to stop and eat or grab something to take away.

Proceeds from the event support a variety of youth activities and organizations across Meridian, including the Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts, Meridian Little Theater and many more.

Optimist Club Treasurer and Secretary Paul Tarver has previously said the Pancake Jubilee is always a success because people know the funds raised will go directly to supporting youth in the community.

“I think the success of the Pancake Jubilee year after year is because everyone knows the money goes to local youth organizations and stays here in our community support programs that they know about,” Tarver said. “Also, we are grateful to organizations that send people to help us. It’s pretty good when the programs we support come to support us and help us raise funds.”