Football spirit and friendly rivalry filled the air as nearly 1,500 people, most of them wearing the colors of their favorite teams, gathered for the 17th annual Frank Salel Super Bowl Breakfast at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds.
And the Sonora 49er Rotary Club was ready for them.
About 150 volunteers, including Rotarians and their spouses and members of the Sonora High School Interact Club, cooked and served made-to-order omelet breakfasts.
The breakfast ingredients indicated a hungry crowd: 45 gallons of fruit salad with three cases of bananas cut up into it, 160 pounds of ham, 90 pounds of mushrooms and 90 pounds of onions.
Cooks also used 60 pounds of green peppers, 100 pounds of cheese, six gallons of olives, 3,000 eggs and 4 gallons of salsa.
"We come to the breakfast every year," Janet Hordos of Jamestown said as she stuck a fork into her piping-hot omelet. "We wouldn't miss it for anything."
Her husband, Dave, said the only recommendation he has is that tip jars be put on the tables for student members of Sonora High School's Interact Club, so people can show their appreciation for the kids who take orders and serve breakfast and coffee at the tables.
"They do such a good job," he said. "In fact, this whole event is a real class act."
The Hordoses said they would keep their eyes glued to the TV set during the Super Bowl, watching for a glimpse of their daughter and son-in-law, Casey and John Stratmeyer of Livermore, who were lucky enough to win tickets to the game.
Darlene Warren and her daughter, Tammy Eula, both of Sonora, were at the breakfast for the first time.
"This is awesome," Warren said. "I had no idea it would be this nice."
She was given tickets to the breakfast by a 49er Rotary Club member who couldn't attend.
Warren was dressed in San Francisco 49er gear.
"I'm ordinarily a 49er fan," she said, "but I'll be rooting for the Raiders today."