SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — It gives hunger games a whole new meaning. The world’s largest pancake breakfast shut down Main Street in Springfield Saturday. Some weren’t fooling around when it came to their pancakes; they even cut the long lines. “We had a few, but what can we say? We’re not security, we’re servers” said volunteer Talasha Lewis. She has been volunteering at the record breaking breakfast for 3 years, and says this one is a little different. Even though flapjacks were the main attraction, bacon stole the show. “People are all scrambling for the bacon; the bacon’s the hot commodity. It’s not the pancakes, it’s the bacon. Everybody wants the bacon!” Lewis added. Jessica Rivera agreed. “That’s the best part the bacon!” exclaimed the Springfield native.
Bacon made Sgt. Shirley Lambert a heavily courted lady. She was one of the National Guard volunteers delivering items the stations ran out of like oj, milk, batter, and you guessed it…bacon. “As soon as I bring it, they’re asking me for more. So, a lot of bacon being cooked today” she said. In fact, Sgt. Lambert estimates over 500lbs were used to go along with the 500 gallons of flapjack batter.
About 15,000 people swarmed Main Street for the breakfast. But it wasn’t all about the pancakes. Folks were here to celebrate the city’s 376th birthday. “It’s great to get together all the diversity the city is able to get together in peace and harmony” shared Bob Templeton of Springfield.
“I think it’s moving better for the future of Springfield. Hopefully new businesses will start up” said resident Cathy Nero. Hopefully the city’s future is as light and fluffy as Nero predicts.
The pancake breakfast raised about $10,000. The money goes back to The Spirit of Springfield who organizes the yearly event.