Pancake Race Nears

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Liberal is gearing up for the annual Pancake Day race.

The race is held in Liberal and Olney, England, on Shrove Tuesday, which is also known as Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday and Pancake Day.

The race will start at 11:55 a.m. Tuesday. Female competitors will run a zigzag course, carrying a skillet. The pancake must be flipped at the starting line and at the finish.

The women of Liberal have won the last six races.

A three-day celebration leading up to the big contest began Saturday, with pancake-eating contests, flapjack-flipping competitions and other activities.

Activities today include a reception for dignitaries and a talent show at the Liberal High School Auditorium.