• Special to the Daily Leader
Several prominent community leaders are warming up their flipping arms for the first-ever Mayor’s Challenge at this year’s Pancake Eating and Flipping Contest, set for 10 a.m. Sat. Feb. 13.
Mayor Joe Denoyer, a flipping contest veteran, will wield his skillet against County Commission Chair Joyce Hibler, Southwest Medical Center CEO Norm Lambert, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School President Dr. Duane Dunn, and a representative from USD 480, to be announced later. The challenge will take place as part of Pancake Day’s annual flipping contest.
Denoyer issued the challenge in fun, but he seems to be taking it pretty seriously, declaring that he intends to show the hospital CEO how things “operate” around here. Denoyer will also award a Mayor’s Challenge Medallion to the winner.
County Commission Chair Joyce Hibler expects to take home that medallion.
“I’m the oldest,” she said. “I will have to beat Joe; that’s all there is to it.”
SCCC/ATS President Dr. Duane Dunn said Hibler may provide some strong competition, but he expects the mayor to prevail.
“Joe will probably smoke us all. He’s had practice,” Dunn said.
Dunn agreed to enter the challenge for fun, adding, “it doesn’t take a lot of physical exertion.”
Though he doesn’t expect to win, he hopes that supporters will donate 10 cents to SCCC/ATS’s scholarship foundation for each flip he makes.
And if by chance he should beat the mayor, Dunn has issued his own challenge.
“I think Joe should donate a dollar a flip to the scholarship foundation if I win,” Dunn said.
The mayor hasn’t exactly agreed to Dunn’s terms, but did concede to making some kind of donation.
“If he wins, I’ll crack open my kids’ piggybanks,” Denoyer said.
Everyone is invited to come out and watch the challenge, set to begin at 10 a.m. Sat. Feb. 13 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 323 N. Kansas Ave. Admission is free.