Developed as a way to boost community spirit, the mayor’s breakfast in Radcliff has grown into a tradition over the past decade.

Colvin Community Center opens at 9 a.m. Saturday to greet hundreds of hungry guests, who will find 25 or more stations offering sausage, bacon, pancakes, biscuits, yogurt, fresh fruit and most anything else ever served at a morning meal. Downstairs where wall-to-wall tables will be set up for dining, an informal program features dozens of donated door prizes.

“They socialize with friends and neighbors in line and then sit together to eat and talk,” Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall said. “There’s free food and door prizes so everyone’s in a good mood.”

It’s all put on with no cost to city government as local organizations, civic groups, businesses and community leaders provide the food and gifts.

The city staged the first mayor’s breakfast shortly after Duvall began his first term as mayor in 2010. It’s been held annually since and some aspects have come to be expected from start to finish.

For example, Duvall said you can expect to meet Sheriff John Ward and Property Valuation Administrator Danny Hutcherson at their traditional spot fronting the line of greeters. The two-hour event will close again with the giveaway of a Carhartt jacket donated by Radcliff Electric.

Wayne Jury, who has worked 25 years at Radcliff Electric, said when Duvall came by soliciting door prizes that first year, the company had a jacket left from a Christmas promotion for its loyal contractors. He’s provided one every year since.

“I have to go buy it to keep the tradition going,” Jury said. “We’re supporting the community.”

For some community members, such as Bonnie Linscott, the date is circled each January on their calendar. She’s attended each one for the fun and fellowship.

“Well, I just enjoy all the people being there and seeing all what’s going on,” Linscott said.

Groups or businesses wishing to be part of the breakfast line should contact city hall at 270-351-4714 by Wednesday, according to Ashley Russo, the city’s executive officer. Items for the door prize giveaway can be brought to the event Saturday.

One thing is certain, she said, a free breakfast will draw a crowd.

“It’s always a full house,” Russo said.

Ben Sheroan can be reached at 270-505-1764 or bsheroan@thenewsenterprise.com.

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