Emely Sanchez and her mom, Francisca Moreno, have been doing it for 13 years. Michael Schrotz for 25 years. Zia Yasrobi for 36.
From one Teton County Fair to the next, dedicated volunteers with the Jackson Hole Lions Club come out to the rodeo grounds to serve a hot breakfast under the big tent and raise money for the community. And there’s always room for more helping hands.
“They recruited me three years ago,” Zach Padilla said. Zia Yasrobi, who on Friday morning was handling the fried eggs while Padilla did scrambling duty, said he’s missed only one breakfast in 36 years. “We couldn’t do it last year because of COVID,” Yasrobi said. “Other than that I’ve been here every year.”
The volunteers got started at about 5:30 a.m. Besides eggs the menu included pancakes, ham, potatoes, peppers, onions and beverages. Among those in line early for the feast were Amy Gerard with Erolyn, 1, and Astoria, 5, and a bunch of other adults.
“I’m with Weed and Pest, and we bring our seasonal employees every year,” Gerard said. Sam and Jennifer Clark were also getting breakfast. “Just to support the community and 4-H,” Sam Clark said.
Kids younger than 4 could eat for free. For ages 8 and older the meal cost $12, and for kids 4 to 7 the price was $5. The breakfast proceeds will support vision screening, vouchers for professional eye care services, and vouchers for eyeglasses for children and adults in Teton County. Schrotz said the club also contributes to 4-H.
Jim Darwiche, who was taking photos of the Lions Club volunteers at their grilling and serving stations, said he’s been coming to the breakfast “forever.” What he saw in the Lions Club many years ago, he said, was a corps of “hardworking, down to earth people” raising money for good causes to help the community. “Nothing fancy, nothing sexy about it,” he said.