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Pilot Club prepares for annual traditions

The Andalusia Pilot Club will host two local favorites in the coming weeks with the goal of raising funds for the club mission of bringing awareness of brain-related disorders and disabilities.

The first of the two events will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5, when the Pilot Club members host the annual All-You-Can-Eat Pancake and Sausage Breakfast, which also includes an arts and crafts fair. The event will be held from 5:30 a.m. until noon at the Kiwanis Building in Andalusia. Cost is $7 per person.

Club members are taking extra precautions this year to help with pandemic concerns, according to Pilot Club President Mellisa King.

“We’ve always taken safety seriously, but we are being extra precautions this year,” King said.

The event also includes an arts and crafts fair and those who would like to participate may rent a 10×10 space area for $40 or a 10×20 space for $60. The deadline for vendar space applications is Nov. 30. For more information about the pancake breakfast or vendor spaces, call 334-504-1469 or 334-504-3796.

The second event comes the next day, Sunday, Dec. 6, as guests will see some of the best homes in Andalusia during the annual Tour of Homes. The event is planned to be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and the cost is $15 per person.

This year’s tour features seven locations and includes a refreshment break at Five Run Farms. Other tour hosts along the route are Amy and Chris Weaver, Hayden and Tyler Raines, Philann and Ryan Steward, Amy and Chris Rolling, Melissa Owens, and John and Kelly Wells.

The Pilot Club is offering a limited number of tickets for the event and can be purchased at Sanbuck Agency, the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce, Outlaw Realty, and Harold’s Furniture, or by calling 334-504-1469.

Both the pancake breakfast and tour of homes are longtime events for the Pilot Club. In the past, the Luncheon Pilot Club hosted the tour homes while a Nighttime Pilot Club hosted the pancake breakfast. When the two clubs merged, the membership agreed that both events were worth preserving.

“These have been longtime traditions for our community and we wanted to keep them going. Many people enjoy these events and they help the club to raise funds for its mission. These are the events we depend on,” King said.

This year, the two events are even more important as an earlier traditional fundraiser, a bake sale, was canceled due to the pandemic.

King said the funds raised will help the club to promote brain health awareness on the local level and assists in the club’s goal of providing a scholarship for one person and their caregiver to attend Camp ASCAA, an outdoors camp for children and adults with disabilities.