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Thousands flocked to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds this weekend for pancakes served up by the Kiwanis Club of Paris for the 63rd year in a row.

The first event was held in 1951, serving 350 people and raising $235. Since then, Pancake Days has become a three-day event that raises roughly $50,000 a year. It starts Thursday with children coming from local schools, 1,600 in all. Friday, Kiwanis served about 3,044 hungry people. By 11 a.m. Saturday, 1,485 had come through the doors.

And it is an all-you-can-eat affair for just $6. The record so far is 22 pancakes for a single person.

That equals a lot of food: 2,400 pounds of pancake batter that has to be stirred with an industrial mixer, 2,304 pounds of sausage, 23,500 ounces of syrup, 240 gallons of milk, 285 gallons of juice, more than 3,500 cups of coffee and 27,000 ounces of soda. Those dining on pancakes clean up with 24,000 napkins.

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