The 24th annual Powell Pancake Day will be held 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 8 at The Lost Shepherd Restaurant, 345 W. Olentangy St. in Powell.

The 24th annual Powell Pancake Day will be held 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 8 at The Lost Shepherd Restaurant, 345 W. Olentangy St. in Powell.

The proceeds of Pancake Day help to maintain and operate the society's 1889 Martin-Perry House. The tradition of all-you-can-eat pancakes continues. Tickets for adults are $7; children ages 5-11 are $4; children ages 4 and under are free.

The Powell Liberty Historical Society held its first Pancake Day in 1987, just after the organization was founded. Marie and John O'Brian got the idea from a similar fundraising event at a school in Delaware, and Willmoe Murphy generously offered the site, Murphy's Party Barn and Picnic Grounds.

In 2009, Jon White, proprietor of The Lost Shepherd, made his restaurant available for the morning, and a new tradition began.

Society board member Larry Coolidge has organized the event since the move to this location. Andrea Smith, general manager of the restaurant, remembers performing with the Olentangy High School show choir in the early 1990s. The party barn had a small stage area, and often, there was musical entertainment. Society member Marge Bennett has memories going back quite a bit longer. When she was a child, some of her art work hung in the party barn when it served as the Arts and Crafts Building of the fairgrounds. Powell business owner Judy Starrett fondly remembers the days when the event included a flea market.

There used to be a banner across the intersection in the heart of Powell announcing Pancake Day. It was hung by Cochran Electric employees, as the Powell police stopped traffic.

The "Great Stuff Raffle" is a big draw for regulars attending the breakfast. Donations of gift certificates, gifts and services by local businesses and individuals are an important and fun part of the morning for the entire family. This year's event is Mother's Day weekend.

White has been in Powell for seven years. The Lost Shepherd opened in 2008. Breakfast is not typically served, but he has plans to begin serving a Sunday brunch in the future. A second location for his restaurant is planned for New Albany.

White said he will offer blues bands every Friday night and acoustic music on Saturday nights, both beginning in July.

For more information, call Larry at 436-2000 or Carole at 889-1182.