Vinland Doris Moore, 81, remembers flipping pancakes on a large, hot griddle more than 50 years ago.
"We'd be talking and having fun behind those griddles and we'd visit with people in the lines," she recalled. "Sometimes we made animals and different shapes on the griddle. We had such a big crowd and they would line up."
To help mix the pancake batter in the 10-gallon cans, Moore said her husband, Max, welded a beater onto a drill. She said a group of women also used to shape the sausage into patties by hand.
Times have changed, but the Vinland Fair Whole Hog Sausage and Pancake Supper continues.
Today, the Vinland community will gather from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the heated exhibit building on the fairgrounds.
Proceeds from the event benefit the 94th annual Vinland Fair, scheduled for Aug. 9 to 11.
Vinland is four miles north of Baldwin, at the intersection of County Roads 1055 and 460.
Fair board member Nora Cleland said the event began more than 50 years ago in the Vinland Grange Hall to support the fair; it has now been conducted for 15 years by the fair board.
"It follows a long tradition," she said. "I don't think any of us really knows how far back this really goes."
The menu will feature sausage patties made from all cuts of pork from hogs purchased in the area. Tickets are $3.50 for plates with one patty and all-you-can-eat pancakes; $4 for two patties and pancakes; and $1 for children under 5. Extra sausage will be available for purchase.
Cleland said about 350 people are expected to the annual dinner.
"This is a popular Saturday night event in March," she said. "It's a good time to get together with the community."