Contestants compete in the 2009 flipping and eating contest as part of last year’s Pancake Day celebration. This year’s festivities get under way Saturday morning beginning with eating and flipping. Daily Leader file photo/Larry Phillips
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Pancake Day festivities will get under way at 9 a.m. Saturday morning at the Knights of Columbus Hall in downtown Liberal.
Pancake Day T-shirts, aprons, and other merchandise will be for sale, and 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 age 14 and older will be hurrying to down five pancakes each.
Cash prizes of $25 for first place, $15 for second and $10 for third will be awarded in each division.
Saturday morning will also feature the Mayor’s Challenge, where Mayor Joe Denoyer will face off in a pancake flipping contest with other community leaders, including County Commission Chair Joyce Hibler, Southwest Medical Center CEO Norm Lambert, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School President Dr. Duane Dunn and a representative from USD 480, to be announced later.
Contestants must sign up at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 323 N. Kansas Ave., beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. All contestants must sign up at least 30 minutes prior to the beginning of their division/contest.
5 p.m. Friday deadline to enter cooking/recipe contest
The seventh annual Pancake Day cooking and recipe contest, also set for Saturday, will award cash and prizes valued at $450. The contest is open to anyone age 12 or older living within a 70-mile radius of Liberal.
As of Wednesday, the cooking contest had only four entries, so there’s plenty of room for more. Creative cooks can come up with any type of dish, ranging from main dishes to dessert, and, of course, any and all variations on pancakes. The recipe must include some type of pancake mix as a main ingredient, and it must be an original creation.
Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place, with entries judged on taste, originality and creativity, use of product and appetite appeal.
First prize is $300 in cash and merchandise. Second prize is $100 in cash and merchandise, and third prize is $50 in cash and merchandise.
Those interested in entering may pick up entry forms at the Liberal Convention and Tourism Bureau, One Yellow Brick Road. Contestants will be given a complete copy of the rules when they pick up an entry form. Entry forms and rules may also be downloaded at
Completed entry forms must be returned to the Liberal Convention and Tourism Bureau by 5 p. m., Friday. Entrants will prepare their dishes and bring them to the Knights of Columbus Hall, located in downtown Liberal, Saturday morning.
The public is invited to attend and to sample the dishes after winners are announced.
High Tea set for Saturday afternoon
The Pancake Day British High Tea will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Baker Arts Center, 624 N. Pershing, in Liberal.
The High Tea offers an opportunity to sample an authentic taste of Olney, England, with a menu of finger sandwiches, savories and sweets, the three traditional categories of food served at an English tea.
To celebrate the 61st Liberal-Olney Pancake Day race, the décor at the tea will feature vintage black and white photographs of past Pancake Day events.
Tickets should be purchased in advance, but will also be available at the door if any remain.
Tickets are available at the Tourist Information Center, One Yellow Brick Road (across the street from Dorothy’s House).
For more information on the tea or any Pancake Day event, call 624-6423.