Pancake Day Festivities Begin Saturday
KSCB News - February 2, 2016 7:56 am
Liberal, Kansas—Four days of Pancake Day festivities will get under way Saturday with pancake flipping and eating contests at the Girl Scout Building, a Pancake Chase race and parade Saturday afternoon, and the Talent Show Finals Saturday night at Liberal High School.
Saturday Morning: Eating and Flipping (Girl Scout Building, Light Park)
The eating and flipping contest winners will receive cash prizes and there is no entry fee. Registration for these contests begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. The flipping and eating contests will begin at 10 a.m. The winner in the flipping contest is the person who can flip a flapjack the most times in a three-minute period. (Division I flips for a shorter time.) This contest is open to all ages, with contestants flipping in three separate age divisions (I: 7 years and under; II: 8-13 years; and III: 14 years and older).
The pancake eating contest, set to begin immediately after the flipping contest is over, requires entrants to compete to see who can completely consume a set number of pancakes in the shortest amount of time.
The eating contest features the same three age divisions as the flipping contest.
The flapjacks will be the same size for everyone, about five inches in diameter. Division I contestants will be required to eat one pancake, division II pancake lovers will consume three flapjacks each, and those aged 14 and older will be hurrying to down five pancakes each. There is no entry fee for either contest.
Saturday Afternoon: Pancake Chase (Hall of Fame)
Can’t get enough of the races? A Pancake Chase is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, sponsored by the Liberal Parks and Recreation Department. The Pancake Chase is a 5K. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Hall of Fame, 318 N. Lincoln Ave. The race will start at 1 p.m. Advance registration is encouraged. For more information, call the recreation office at 626-0133.
Saturday Afternoon: Parade (Kansas Ave.)
Parade entries are still being accepted and cash prizes will be awarded in several categories. This year’s theme is “Making a Difference in Our Community.”
There is no entry fee, and any group or individual is invited to enter a float in one of the following divisions: commercial, non-profit, schools, antique automobiles/equipment, and motorized vehicles. Cash prizes of $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place will be awarded in each division. Local and area marching bands are also invited to participate. Entrants do not have to live in Liberal.
The parade, sponsored each year by the Liberal Rotary Club, is set to begin at 3 p.m. and will run down Kansas Ave. from 11th to Trail St. (Line-up will begin at 2 p.m.)
Parade entry forms are available at www.pancakeday.net <http://www.pancakeday.net> . Entry forms may be mailed to Janet Willimon at 1811 N. Calhoun, Liberal, KS 67901 or faxed to (620) 626-7887. Entry forms may also be emailed to [email protected] <[email protected]> . For more information on the parade, call Janet Willimon at (620) 655-2642 or Mike Brack at (620) 482-0466.
Saturday Evening: Talent Show Finals (Liberal High School)
Saturday will wrap up with the Pancake Day Talent Finals, featuring 20 acts competing for cash and trophies. The show is set for 7:30 p.m. in the James Maskus Auditorium at Liberal High School. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased online through the Pancake Day website: www.pancakeday.net <http://www.pancakeday.net> . Advance tickets are also available at the Pancake Day Hall of Fame, 318 N. Lincoln; the Tourist Information Center, One Yellow Brick Road; or First National Bank in Liberal. All seating is general admission. For more information, call 620-624-6423 or 620-624-0186.
Pancake Day merchandise
Pancake Day merchandise, as well tickets for the Talent Show and Miss Liberal Pageant, will be for sale at the Girl Scout Building Saturday morning.