Most pancakes served-world record set by The Lubbock
LUBBOCK, TX, USA-- Members of the Lubbock
Lions Club cooked 66,549 pancakes in eight hours (about
7,500 pancakes per hour)-setting the world record for the
pancakes served in eight hours.
Photo: David Paliaferro, left, and Spencer
Riebschlager, center, cook and serve pancakes to volunteers.
/ Geoffrey Mcallister / Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
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. About 17,000 people showed up at
the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.
The previous world record for the Most
pancakes served in eight hours was 34,818 set by the
Kiwanis Club last year. An effort earlier this month
by the Fargo Kiwanis to hold onto the title failed. The club
ended up serving 32,667.
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. "I have 15 griddles here. I
have to have a counter per griddle. One person per griddle,"
Dave Freriks, the World Record Coordinator said.
“We broke their record at 1 o’clock,” said
Freriks, adding that Saturday’s effort began at 8 a.m. “We
had people coming in at 7:20 (a.m.) who sat there until 8
o’clock to get pancakes,” he said.
This year’s Kiwanis event was held for the
first time in the Fargodome, where electric griddles were
used. In past years the event was held at the Fargo Civic
Center, where gas grills, which cook pancakes faster, were
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.
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'."
February 24, 2009
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