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England Defeats KS in Annual Pancake Day Race

Pancakes Flickr_Tony-CaseOlney, England has come out on top in the 64th annual International Pancake Race showdown with Liberal, Kansas. Larry Phillips of the Leader & Times online reports that Caitlin Demarest, age 27, won the Liberal portion of the contest with a time of 64.3 seconds. But Olney's Devon Byrne won the competition, turning in a world-record time of 56.0 seconds for the English. The annual competition between the women of Liberal and Olney for pancake racing supremacy began in 1950. The event celebrates the Christian tradition of Shrove Tuesday, when pancakes were traditionally made to use up pantry items that were forbidden to be consumed during the season of Lent. The won-loss record now stands at 36 wins for Liberal, and 27 wins for Olney. 

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