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90 years of waffles – video and photo gallery included

Many churches host pancake breakfasts on Shrove Tuesday. But the Episcopal Church in Grass Valley, the oldest of its kind in California, has been doing things differently since 1916. That year, it is believed, the church members had no stove to make pancakes but they did have a waffle iron to hold over an open stove.

So they made waffles. And a tradition was born.

Incidentally, Shrove Tuesday is also known as “Fat Tuesday.” This is because people eat all kinds of fatty, oily food that day before beginning 40 days of fasting and restraint during Lent.

The church earned $2 from the first waffle sale. Nowadays, the sales help raise a few thousand dollars and involves several hundred participants.

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