66th Annual Pancake Festival: more than just breakfast

66th Annual Pancake Festival: more than just breakfast

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

It started as a small fundraiser in the Lubbock High cafeteria and now it's one of the largest pancake festivals in the world. 

It secured its notoriety as one of the largest pancake festivals in the world in 2009 when it was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.

The Lions Club still claims to be the largest. To put its size into perspective, this year the lions estimate going through nearly 6,000 pounds of batter, 41,000 ounces of syrup, 72,000 sausage links and 240 gallons of coffee! 

Lions Club member Terry Holeman said the event brings in thousands of people each year.

"We'll serve 16,000 to 17,000 people through the course of the day, " Holeman said.

This is the 68th year for the festival. J.G. Warnick has been nearly every year.

"The pancake festival was a small operation when it first started," Warnick said. "I'm talking about way back in the 50s and it was about a three hour thing up at Lubbock High School cafeteria and then they decided to go to lunch then Aunt Jemima came to town one year, or a couple years and was at the pancake festival and then they decided to enlarge it a full day thing."

While it's always a fun time, every penny raised goes directly back into the community.

"There's about 25 or 30 different charities that we put this money towards," Holeman said. "At the end of the day, we see how much money we've got and through the course of the year we help fund those charities."

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