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65th annual Pancake Race set for Tuesday

Published on -3/4/2014, 9:49 AM

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LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) -- It's time for the annual race that pits pancake-flipping women in Liberal, Kan., against women in Olney, England.

Nine Kansas women are expected to race Tuesday against 25 women in England in the 65th running of the International Pancake Day Race.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1g7aAtT ) Liberal street crews were out Monday night removing about 2 inches of snow from the ground in preparation for the race.

The race started in Olney in 1445. Legend has it a woman who was late to church ran to services while flipping pancakes in her skillet. Liberal challenged Olney to a friendly competition in 1950.

The race is part of a four-day festival in Liberal, which leads the competition with 36 wins to Olney's 27. One year's score was disqualified.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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