Free flap jacks, classic cars, breakfast beers, rockabilly, contests and small town love…
In 1948 the Town of Berthoud created “Flap Jack Day” to be celebrated on Labor Day to bring neighbors together and visitors from afar to enjoy one of the simple pleasures in life… flap jacks. The annual festivities that brought upwards of 3,000 people to the town was canceled in 1959. City Star Brewing brought this annual tradition back to life in 2015: giving away 1,000 flapjacks, raising $1,000 for the Berthoud Historical Society, and crowning the first Flap Jack Queen in 50 years – Caitlin Ascher.
City Star’s 5th Annual Flap Jack Day will be held on Labor Day, Monday, September 2nd from 11am-5pm. The event features FREE flap jacks, vintage car show, rockabilly music by the HIllbilly Hellcats, and the Flap Jack Queen contest. In a modern twist, the craft brewery will also offer a flap jack themed breakfast beer flight to serve throughout the day: Honeydew Pils, Banana Nut Bread Hef, Maple Brown, Froot Loop IPA, and Dirty Chai Stout. At 2pm there will be a contest for 50’s fashion, and at 3pm ladies will compete in the annual Flap Jack Queen Contest. The first lady to finish 5 flap jacks wins a tiara and prizes from local businesses. Local Lynsey Morgan has won the crown the past three years, posting her fastest time yet of 32 seconds in 2018. All donations and $2 per beer flight benefit the Berthoud Historical Society. Attendees should dress to impress as the town steps back into the fabulous 50’s. Learn more at http://berthoudflapjackday.com
A bit of flap jack history courtesy of the Berthoud Historical Society… from 1948 to 1958 the local Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce hosted a Flap Jack Day in Berthoud Town Park that drew hordes of people to “The Garden Spot.” On the first Flap Jack Day (1948) an estimated 1,000 persons descended on Berthoud to devour 5,000 free pancakes. By 1949, The Berthoud Bulletin announced that 3,700 visitors from 21 states downed a whopping 7,400 flap jacks. Over its eleven-year span, Flap Jack Day grew to include the crowning of a Flap Jack Queen, spike-driving, swimming and diving contests, a baton twirling competition, pet-and-doll parades, a pig catching scramble, a tractor driving challenge. The last Flap Jack Day was held in 1959 when the Chamber of Commerce decided to cancel the event due to the high cost of hosting such a spectacle.