Gold Diggers Breakfast canceled until next year

This year would have been the 57th consecutive Prospectors and Gold Diggers “Breakfast on the Mountain.” Unfortunately, attendees will have to wait until next year to experience this unique breakfast.

With crowds at the breakfast ranging from 800 to 1,000 people in the past, it just cannot happen.

For this type of event, with the geography of the park and uncertainty about social distancing, the event cannot accommodate more than 300 people, said the organization in a release. Most importantly, it has been unable to obtain a park permit or a temporary restaurant license.

“Believe me, this was heartbreaking to all involved in the breakfast,” said event organizer Bruce McDonald. This would be the 20th year of the group heading up the event.

Several local organizations play a part in making the breakfast a success. It is the biggest fundraiser for the group, which gives scholarships to high school seniors as well as other contributions to local organizations.

Because the breakfast has been unable to be held for the past two years, funds have been depleted. The organization has had to maintain insurance and utilities at the Snapp House.

With the generous donations from local community members this year, however, the Prospectors and Gold Diggers are able to move forward.

A special beer was even brewed by the Covered Bridge Brewing Group, a percentage of the earnings going to the group. Baskets were also raffled off during that event.

“We look forward to seeing everyone next year on the mountain,” said McDonald.

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