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Posted: 08/27/14

Farmers Breakfast now replaces Fly-in Breakfast

Observer Special Writer

      Everyone is invited to make the newly named Farmers Breakfast a Peachfest Sunday morning tradition. This breakfast replaces the Fly-In Breakfast of the past. Although there will not be aircraft, there will be much to see as hungry guests fill up at the Farmers Breakfast held Sunday, Aug. 31, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Capital Banquet Center, 12350 31 Mile Rd. in Washington Twp.
       Organizer of the breakfast, Betty Bucsek, explained Capital Banquet Center is now the permanent location for the Farmers Breakfast.
       Chef John Bendzinski and his staff will prepare a breakfast buffet. More than 1,000 meals were purchased at the previous breakfast. The proceeds from this fundraiser will go to various Lions Club charities.
       Last year gourmet pancakes were introduced.
       "We just want regular ones this year," Bucsek said. "We're ordinary people; we like plain old pancakes, like grandma made."
       Scrambled eggs will be offered two ways.
       "He jazzes up one batch and makes it a little fancier," Bucsek said. "We have really good hash browns and sausage and wonderful sweet rolls. The rolls were so wonderful we ran out, so Chef John is doubling up on that."
       There will also be coffee, milk, juice, pop and tea, all for a $7 ticket for those 5 years and older. Children under 5 years old are free. All major credit cards are accepted.
       Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, Macomb County Sheriff Department members and community leaders have been invited to help.
       "If they want to put on a hat and an apron, they can volunteer," Bucsek said.
       Free exhibits such as The Michigan Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial and displays of the various Lions Club charities will show where proceeds from the breakfast may be distributed.
       Another moving display will be the tail-wagging puppies brought in by local puppy raisers for Leader Dogs for the Blind. Guests can talk with puppy raisers about their Future Leader Dogs. Although service dogs are welcome, no pets will be allowed in the building.
       Wertz Warriors, founded by Detroit Tiger Vic Wertz, supporting Special Olympics, will conduct a raffle and the Romeo Byting Bulldogs Robotics Team will demonstrate in front of the building.
       The Women Marines Association will be collecting toiletries and non-perishables to send to military members deployed to Afghanistan.
       A local orchard will bake peach pies.
       "They will be fresh out of the oven when we pick them up to sell at the breakfast," Bucsek said.
       Romeo VFW Post 2052 will conduct a flag ceremony at 8 a.m.
       There will be free shuttle buses from various locations to take guests to Capital Banquet Center for breakfast and shuttles will be available to transport festival guests to the Car Show at the Ford Engine Plant after they finish.
       Car entrants can drop off their car entry first and receive a free breakfast ticket for each entry then take a shuttle to breakfast.
       "We couldn't have a better venue than Capital Banquet Center. Come and enjoy breakfast," Bucsek said.

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