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Santa Clarita Fourth of July festivities get hearty start

Posted: July 4, 2013 3:14 p.m.
Updated: July 4, 2013 3:14 p.m.

Rotary Club past president Ken Petersen, left, flips some of the pancakes served to the hundreds who attended the annual pancake breakfast served in the Roger Dunn Golf parking lot on Main Street in Newhall on Thurday before the parade. Signal photo by Dan Watson.

Fourth of July festivities in Santa Clarita got off to a syrupy start Thursday as hundreds gathered to enjoy some pancakes before the start of the city's annual parade.

The breakfast transformed the parking lot of the Roger Dunn Golf Shop on Main Street in Newhall into a makeshift cafeteria and attracted hundreds of hungry attendees, each of whom paid $4 to feast on pancakes and sausage.

The Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club put on the breakfast Thursday morning, just as it has on every Fourth of July for decades, according to Jim Lentini, a former president of the club.

Lentini said anywhere from 700 to 800 people would show up during the two-hour meal.

Many who stopped at the breakfast did so before watching Santa Clarita’s Fourth of July Parade.

“They go out, grab a spot to watch the parade, then come get breakfast,” Lentini said. “It’s tradition.”

But some just stopped by to grab some grub before moving on to other Fourth festivities.

Happy Valley resident Troy Minke attended the breakfast with his son, Shane.

Minke said he was planning to take a day trip to the beach to mark the holiday but stopped in to grab some food beforehand.

“Whenever you can get a meal cooked with love you’ve got to take advantage of it,” he said.
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