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Lions Club goes all out for 2014 Pancake Festival

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lubbock hosted its famous annual pancake festival on Saturday - the largest of its kind in the world.

Last year, the annual Lions Club Pancake Festival fed about 18,000 people. This year, they wanted to feed more.

Lori Martin is the co-chair for this year's pancake festival, alongside Mike Masengale. Martin said that after all these years, the pancake festival has become a Lubbock tradition.

"You know, it's something that our community has been a part of for 60 plus years," she said. "Families have come out every single year. They look forward to doing that."

More than 850 volunteers served up pancakes and all the breakfast fixings this year.

"Really, it's a festival," Martin said, "it's an all day festival. It starts at seven in the morning and ends at eight in the night. No matter what time you come during the day, there is some kind of activity for you and your family."

There was face painting, live music and other entertainment to help keep the thousands of attendees busy.

But, feeding that many people isn't easy. Here are some of the numbers that figure into this massive event:

  • More than 5,500 pounds of pancake mix
  • 36,000 ounces of syrup
  • 57,000 sausage links
  • 18,000 containers of orange juice
  • 21,000 containers of milk
  • And new on the menu this year - 10,000 slices of bacon.

It's an all you can eat experience with a special goal - raising money for area non-profits.

"We're hoping to actually break the six-figure mark," event co-chair Masengale said, "so we would like to raise $100,000 net, after we pay all of our expenses. We've been so close in previous years, earning between $9,000 and $90,000. This year, we really want to get over that six-figure mark."

The Lions Club hopes that by selling bacon this year, they can bring in the extra cash to help raise more money for local charities than they ever have before.

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