Wendy Helenuis and Bonnie Finnigan serve up the Legion's Stampede Breakfast Monday.

Wendy Helenuis and Bonnie Finnigan serve up the Legion's Stampede Breakfast Monday.

Smart 55: Seniors busy serving Stampede meals

Volunteers, many of them seniors, kept busy during Stampede weekend serving meals.

Volunteers, many of them seniors, kept busy during Stampede weekend serving meals.

At the Legion, Wendy Helenius and Bonnie Finnigan were busy in the kitchen.

“We served an all-you-can eat self-serve breakfast every day,” Wendy Helenuis said as she flipped pancakes Monday alongside Bonnie Flinnagan.

The legion orders all its sausages and bacon from Margetts Meats, Helenuis said.

Ron Dowell stood nearby in the kitchen, but both women praised him as a “volunteer extreme.”

He was there every day from 6 a.m. to midnight, helping set up tables, and cooking steaks for the dinners every night.

Several other seniors were busy helping at the Knights of Columbus, Rotary and Stampede Grounds breakfasts during the four days as well.

The Knights were set up at the Save-On-Foods parking lot serving breakfast. Rotary was next to Lake City Ford serving breakfast and dinner.

With all the food vendors, people didn’t even have to cook, acting mayor Sue Zacharias said during the city council meeting Tuesday.

“I get my husband to take me out for dinner every single night during Stampede,” she said.