57th Annual Pancake Festival breaks record - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/21/2009

57th Annual Pancake Festival breaks record

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock Lions Club shattered the Guinness world record of just more than 34,000 pancakes cooked in eight hours. The Lions Club had only eight hours to break the record. Fifteen griddles and 60 counters later, Fargo, North Dakota, lost it's place in the record books.

Former Lions Club President Art Cook said, "One of our members is 97-years-old, and they ask him what he attributes to his long life and he said, ‘eating pancakes'."

What started as a "pancake supper," has now grown to a "pancake festival," and a lot more than the name has changed in 57 years. Organizers say this year is something special.

Lions Club President Peggy White said, "We've never had people that the lines went down the side of the Civic Center and around by the library. We've never had that before."

This year, the Lubbock Lions Club trained 60 people to help count the pancakes as they came off the griddle. They needed all the help they could get as they tried to break a Guinness world record. Because when it comes to making history, every pancake counts.

"I have 15 griddles here. I have to have a counter per griddle. One person per griddle," Dave Freriks, the Guinness World Record Coordinator said.

Since 1962, the pancake flipping extravaganza has changed locations three times and doubled its serving time. Over the years, the Lions Club has seen an increase in attendants and profits, but their goal remains the same.

"You know what we do with it? We give ever penny away," Art Cook said.      He continued to say the primary goal of the Lubbock Lions Club is to raise money for their charities.  "We've done it so many years everybody seems to know what to do, how to run the projects, and it's just fun to do. It really is," he said.

The club donates to charities such as Meels on Wheels, the Salvation Army, and the Texas Children's Lions Camp in Kerrville, but at the end of the day, everyone comes for the same reason.

"We enjoy it. We enjoy the music. We enjoy the camaraderie. We always see someone we know, so it's a very great thing," Hubert Weaver, who attended the festival, said.

When the eight hour counting period ended, the number of pancakes served totaled more than 66,000, which rounds to about 7,500 pancakes per hour. The Guinness World Record Coordinator told NewsChannel11 he hopes that record will never be broken.

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