Iowa town beats Guiness record for pancakes served


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A small town in Iowa broke the Guinness world record for pancakes served in a single serving on Sept. 25.

On Sept. 25, Centerville, Iowa broke the Guiness World record of number of pancakes served in a single day with 14,280 pancakes. The attempt occurred during the times of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m..

In Centerville there is a tradition known as Pancake Day. It’s a celebration that is all about, you guessed it, making and eating pancakes. So it’s only fitting that on this day, the town would attempt to break the then current record of 13,000 pancakes in a single serving.

Pancake Day started in 1948 as a way for manufacturers in the area to show appreciation to workers by giving free pancakes for 12 hours. After these manufacturers began to leave Centerville, members of the community decided to take it upon themselves to continue the tradition as a regional celebration.

On this day, they make and serve free pancakes in the morning and then hold a parade. After this, there are plenty of free activities to do until a pageant is held in the evening.

Because the city was unable to celebrate their beloved day last year, they decided to come back this year with full force, and for Guinness to be their witness.

The Hy-Vee store, in Blue Springs, Mo., had just set the record at 13,000 pancakes last June. Even so, they donated 2,400 lbs of pancake mix to the town to help break their record.

According to Centerville Tourism Director Delaney Evers, the town usually serves around 17,000 pancakes on Pancake day, but to break the record each pancake needed to fit Guiness’ requirement. Each pancake had to be 5 inches at least in diameter and at most 1 centimeter in thickness.

Even with these requirements, about a 100 or so volunteers exceeded the original 13,000 with 14,280 pancakes.