First International Pancake Day Race held on February 21, 1950 in Liberal, Kansas
So in 1445 in Olney England:
A woman engrossed in using up cooking fats (forbidden during Lent) was making pancakes. Hearing the church bells ring calling everyone to the shriving service, she grabbed her head scarf (required in church) and ran to the church, skillet and pancake in hand and still apron-clad. In following years, neighbors got into the act and it became a race to see who could reach the church first and collect a “Kiss of Peace” from the verger (bell-ringer.) The kiss is still the traditional prize in both races.
and on February 21, 1950 the town of Liberal, Kansas (is that an oxymoron?) horned in on the action and started their own race and the International Pancake Day Race was born! The event is still going strong and this year the race was held on Feb. 12, 2013, at 11:55 a.m., The overall score standing at 37 wins for Liberal and 28 for Olney. In 1980 the score didn’t count, because a media truck blocked the finish line in Olney.
The 2015 first place winner from Liberal, Kansas and the was: Hannah Belton, age 24. Time: 1:09 (one minute, nine seconds)Belton is a second grade teacher at Southlawn Elementary and the girl’s cross country coach at South Middle School in Liberal.
This was her second year to race. She placed 4th last year. You can check out the race results and see some pictures here
Now if they want to make this a true International Event they should open it up to the world! I can see it now preliminary events at every International House of Pancake in the world!! Nah! Why commercialize a good thing.
You can check out more about the event at the website (reference for the above info.) :Pancakeday.net
and on their Facebook page! International Pancake Day